Find Out How to Get Your Repair or Alteration Approved With the New Landmarks Guidebook

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    Do you want to repair or alter a landmarked building — perhaps you need new windows or want to repaint the door — but aren’t sure how to go about it? In a bid to make the permit application process a bit less confusing for property owners, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has published an updated version of its Permit Guidebook.

    Owners trying to get staff-level approvals for changes to properties either individually designated or within historic districts will find important tips on the permit process and submitting a complete application for some of the most common types of work. The guidebook, available online, covers projects such as changes to windows and doors, storefronts, signage, sidewalks and additions.

    The guidelines were last published in 2012, before the rule changes passed by the LPC in 2018. The 2019 version includes updated and expanded permit application forms, with four separate forms now available to address violations, interior and exterior work and amending previously approved projects. New guidelines on barrier free access are also included along with amended materials relating to the Historic Preservation Grant Program. Although dates have not been announced, according to a press release, the LPC plans on conducting outreach events to inform communities about the new application forms and the guidebook.

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