For Applicants:

Guide for Landmarks Applicants

Community Board Five's Landmarks committee is responsible for reviewing applications for landmarked buildings and buildings in designated historic districts. Many applicants, whether they are tenants, owners, consultants or architects, vary in their understanding of the underlying philosophy and regulatory requirements, so the intention of this guide is to make process easier and more productive for everyone. Our policy is to deny any proposal if the applicant fails to appear before the committee.

The purpose of the committee hearing is to provide a public forum for applicants to explain how their proposals respect the historic integrity of a structure and remain harmonious with the landmark or the designated historic district.

Written and spoken descriptions are best supported by graphic depictions of the existing conditions and the proposed changes. Applicants should provide the CB5 office with as much information as possible at least one week prior to the committee meeting. A member of the committee may contact the applicant prior to the public meeting to discuss their application. Please also bring to the Landmarks committee meeting the following, as relevant, and any other exhibits that will be presented to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC):

At least some of the key graphic illustrations should be on boards large enough (min. 16” x 24”) to be seen at a medium distance so they can easily be viewed when the item is presented to the committee. It is also helpful to the committee if the exhibits are distributed in an 8 1/2” x 11” or 11” x 17” handout.

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