LPC Publishes New Permit Application Guide

LPC Publishes New Permit Application Guide

By Frank Fortino

To streamline the application process for landmarked buildings, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has updated its permit application guide with the publication of the LPC Permit Guidebook: How to Get Staff-Level Approvals. The LPC permit application guide is available for download as a full PDF and as individual chapters, and a hard copy can also be purchased online.

The LPC Permit Guidebook reflects the new rules and amendments adopted by the LPC in January 2019. This resource is designed to speed the permit approval process by helping applicants provide the correct materials when submitting applications.

The guide focuses on the most common work types requiring a permit, such as window replacement, restoration, and additions. New guidance on barrier-free access is also included to ensure building accessibility. And, for the first time, the publication provides information on sustainability, resiliency, and flood-proofing measures in historic buildings, supporting the initiatives outlined in New York City’s Green New Deal.

Other chapters address the following:

  • Storefronts*
  • Awnings and Sidewalk Canopies
  • Signage
  • Excavation
  • Front, Side, and Rear Yards and Areaways
  • Sidewalks
  • Health, Safety, and Utility Equipment
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and Other Mechanical Equipment
  • Fire Escapes
  • Temporary Installations

* LPC has published a separate guide that covers new storefronts.

The LPC Permit Guidebook is offered as a user-friendly guide for property owners, but it is not meant to replace the LPC Rules. Owners must still comply with LPC Rules and secure necessary LPC permits.

If you have any questions or if you need hands-on help with your landmarked property, please contact Metropolis Group at 212.233.6344.