The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on Wednesday launched a new interactive web map that displays applications and permits for work on individual, interior and scenic landmarks, as well as buildings in historic districts. Permit Application Finder users can search by community district and work type, allowing the public to see geographically where LPC has issued permits for the first time.
“LPC reviews and approves thousands of permit applications for work on designated properties each year, and with this map, information on all of these projects is just a click away,” LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said in a statement. “It is an excellent example of how we are leveraging technology to make our regulatory process more efficient and transparent.”
The map provides up-to-date details on the status of LPC permit applications filed and permits issued since the beginning of 2016. Users can either search by address or docket number or explore the map interactively, by clicking on the dots to learn more. Once clicked, a pop-up box will appear with information about the date of the application, work type, permit type, landmark type and the community board district.
LPC updated the 2016 version of the permit finder map to make the community district and work type searchable. Plus, the new map extends the two-year window, giving users access to permits issued since January 2016.
“I strongly believe this information will help communities across the city work in concert with LPC to safeguard some of our most important buildings and historic resources,” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said.
The new updated map comes after the LPC announced plans to increase efficiency of processing applications, while also making the process more transparent, with a series of new proposed rule changes. One of the rules calls for accepting fewer permit applications through the public-review process as a way to accelerate the process.
“Approval of the proposed rules changes will result in a significant degradation of the quality of our neighborhoods and our city, and is something all New Yorkers should be concerned about and should oppose,” Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) told 6sqft in March.
Explore the updated LPC map here.
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