This week, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) announced the launch of its Open Office Hours initiative for homeowners considering work on their designated buildings. This initiative will enable property owners to virtually meet one-on-one with preservation staff to discuss their potential projects and ask questions about LPC permitting.
“Addressing equity in every aspect of LPC’s work has been my priority throughout my tenure, including enhancing transparency and accessibility in our regulatory work,” said Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Sarah Carroll. “LPC’s Open Office Hours initiative, launched as part of our equity framework, will help us make our services more accessible and ensure all property owners are supported through technical assistance and improved guidance so that their proposed work is approved in a timely manner.”
LPC’s Preservation Department, which is comprised of professionally-trained preservationists, is responsible for reviewing permit applications from property owners, issuing permits for certain kinds of work to landmark buildings and sites, and preparing applications for review by the full Commission. The Open Office Hours initiative will connect preservation staff directly with those looking to do work on their designated buildings, to help them obtain approval for work that meets their needs and is sensitive to the historic buildings. Homeowners can discuss work prior to applying for a permit, and staff will strive to help meet their goals and LPC regulations.
Preservation staff will be holding Open Office Hours for homeowners in every borough throughout the summer, starting on June 24th in the Bronx. All sessions will be held between 4 and 6 p.m. via Zoom and participants will be assigned a time to speak with a staff preservationist. Time slots are first come, first served and space is limited, so signing up early is recommended. See dates below.
- June 24, 2021 – The Bronx
- Bronx homeowners can sign up here https://tinyurl.com/2rzbau4n
- July 1, 2021 – Staten Island
- July 15, 2021 – Queens
- July 29, 2021 – Brooklyn
- August 12, 2021 – Manhattan
- August 26, 2021 – Citywide
Sign-up sheets for Open Office Hours sessions in July and August will be posted on LPC’s website at www.nyc.gov/landmarks.