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New Rule Will Make it Easier to Renovate Landmarked Co-ops and Condos

New York City

Landmarks Preservation Commission, co-op and condo boards, renovations, Local Law 97.
July 14, 2023

Good news for co-op and condo boards struggling to retrofit a landmarked building to comply with Local Law 97: the Landmarks Preservation Commission has voted to approve a series of changes aimed at speeding up the review and approval process for alterations to landmarked buildings and properties in historic districts. 

The commission voted to approve amendments that tackle the review process for upgrades related to climate resilience and sustainability as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, Crain's reports.

Co-op and condo boards, landlords and homeowners will be able to secure approvals for solar panel installations and changes to an HVAC system, among other upgrades, without a full vote from the commission. 

The new rules also amend the review process for what's known as an expedited certificate of no effect, which is needed when proposed alterations require permitting from the city Department of Buildings. Applicants will no longer be required to submit a sworn statement to secure the certificate and will be allowed to file a written statement instead.  

The changes to the commission’s review and approval process are tied to Mayor Eric Adams' Get Stuff Built initiative. Robert Holbrook, executive director of Get Stuff Built, lauded the changes to the commission’s review and permitting process. He said that faster approval timelines and policies reduce the costs for building owners to invest in their properties, adding that that a streamlined process also advances the city’s goals to address climate change.

It also reduces the headaches for co-op and condo boards trying to renovate landmarked buildings.

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