NYC business owners in landmark buildings will now have an express route to access their permits. 

Today, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC)  launched a Business Express Service. 

“With the new LPC Business Express Service, our staff will work closely with business owners to ensure applications are reviewed and processed as efficiently as possible,” said LPC chair, Sarah Carroll.

The Business Express Service includes a hotline and team of preservationists who will offer pre-application consultation and application review.

The service will support businesses located in storefronts and other street-level commercial spaces in the City’s designated buildings and historic districts, including restaurants, retail stores and offices.

“As the City’s economy continues to recover and grow, commercial business owners will play a critical role and we want to make sure we can help meet their demands so that they can open quickly and thrive,” said Carroll.

Many types of work will be eligible for the service, including interior alterations, installation of signs and awnings, storefront alterations, and barrier-free access changes, among other things.

This initiative supports the Mayor’s “Rebuild, Renew, Reinvent Blueprint for New York City’s Economic Recovery.”

LPC Business Express Service Virtual Open House

As part of the launch for the service, staff will be holding virtual open office hours for business owners throughout the summer and into the fall. 

This will provide the opportunity to virtually meet one-on-one with the Business Express Service team to discuss their potential projects and ask questions. 

The first open office hours session is on Aug. 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Sign-up sheets for open office hours sessions are located on the LPC Business Express Service page and on the open office hours page.

LPC has also created a new application form for Business Express Service, available here.

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