Is your house landmarked? Hold off before you paint that door or replace the windows!
You may need to check with the Landmarks Preservation Commission before making changes to your property. But don’t worry — routine repairs do not need approval, as long as they do not alter the appearance of the building.
The Commission has published a 31-page guide to helping homeowners repair, restore and renovate their buildings and navigate the LPC. Below, some excerpts and a link to the full guide:
Title: NYC Landmarks, Restoring Architectural Features – Application Guidelines
(Includes work required under Local Law 11/8)
Restoration and Repair of Masonry and Other Wall Surfaces
- Brownstone and Limestone Repair and Restoration
- Terra Cotta, Granite, Cast Stone and Other Masonry
- Cast Iron
- Wood: Clapboard and Shingle Wall Surfaces
Painting Roof Repair and Rehabilitation
Door Replacement and Restoration Stoop, Fence, Handrail and Related Details Restoration and Replacement
Restoring Architectural Features
An architectural feature refers to a distinctive physical element that helps define the character of a historic building, such as:
- Decorative Roofs
- Door openings and enframements
- Re-creating Historic Storefronts
- Window openings and enframements
When LPC Approvals Are Required
Permits are required for all repair and restoration work.
A staff-level permit will be issued if the restoration work:
- Is based on documentation of the historic condition (see page 2 of this chapter)
- Will not cause the removal of significant historic fabric that has been added over time, and reflects the history and development of the building, structure or site
You can read the entire 31 page NYC Guidelines for Restoring Architectural Features >>