New York City Designation Process- City Council Review

Step 6:

Review by the City Council


The City Council is New York City’s legislature. Under the Charter, it can affirm, reject or modify the historic district. After the City Council has received the CPC’s report, the LPC will present the proposed district to the Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses Subcommittee of the City Council’s Land Use Committee. This sub-committee recommends approval, modification, or denial of the district to the Land Use Committee, who then makes a recommendation to the full Council. In general, the public is invited to speak at all three levels of review in the City Council.

Once the City Council has voted, their action is subject to a veto by the Mayor. The Mayor can only veto the Council’s action; he cannot modify it. In turn, a mayoral veto can be overridden by a vote of the Council.

Absent a veto by the Mayor, if the Council approves, the historic district is affirmed as designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. If the Council affirms with modifications, the modified district becomes the official one, and the LPC staff re-draws the map and modifies the designation report to reflect those changes made by the Council. If the Council rejects, the designation is overturned.

In the event of a full or modified affirmation, the LPC sends out letters to property owners informing them of designation and that there are now restrictions on exterior alterations to their buildings. From this point on, the district becomes the responsibility of the LPC’s Preservation Department and the Certificate of Appropriateness hearings of the Commission.

For more detailed information on the designation process, please contact HDC to obtain a copy of our comprehensive manual, Creating an Historic District.”

Also, please refer to the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s website for more information.

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