Douglas Manor was designated a New York City Historic District on June 24, 1997.
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Do I Need Approval Before Making Repairs? Usually
Whether you want to make a few minor changes or a major renovation, living in a historic district in New York City means there are a few rules and regulations that you need to follow.
You need to contact the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for a permit. While this may sound daunting, the LPC has worked hard to make this process relatively painless for homeowners. You are required to get a permit from LPC for any exterior work, whether it be a renovation, alteration, new construction, replacement, or demolition regardless of the need for a permit from the Department of Buildings. Permits for interior work are not required within the Douglaston Historic District.
Permits are not required for ordinary repairs and maintenance such as replacing broken windows, exterior paintings in the original historic color, and caulking windows and doors. They are required to change colors of façade, doors, trim, windows, shutters, or roof shingles.
Depending on the scope of work, the permit can take anywhere from 20 to 90 days. However, to expedite permits, the LPC has introduced two new services: (1) FasTrack Service and (2) Expedited Certificate of No Effect Service. If your project fits with the guidelines for these two services, you can have your permit within 3 to 10 days. If you would rather speak with a staffer who can help you with the process call LPC at 212-669-7851.
A benefit of living in a historic district is that you may qualify for financial assistance to help pay for your renovations. You can apply for a financial grant through the LPC's Historic Preservation Grant Program to fund exterior repairs, mainly on the façade of your home.
Links to LPC Guides and Forms
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Historic Preservation Grant Program