“Preservation Watch” Program

Preservation Watch is a way to help ensure that serious landmarks violations are reported and the landmarks law enforced, and to preserve our neighborhood’s historic integrity.

We want to ensure that landmarks violations are reported and acted upon as swiftly and thoroughly as possible. That is why we want you to know how you can report a landmarks violation to the City, and how you can report it to us to help advocate for its resolution.

If you see something that may be a landmarks violation, here's what you can do:

  • See if there is a permit from the LPC posted (it should be on the front of the building, next to a permit from the Department of Buildings); if there is, and it describes the work you see being done, then it has been approved by the LPC
  • If there is no permit, confirm that it is a landmark structure or in a historic district and see if there are landmarks permits for the work by checking this map or you can call Village Preservation at (212) 475-9585 ext. 36 or e-mail info@villagepreservation.org to ask. If the building is not regulated by LPC, it does not need their permission for work, and the work cannot be a violation of landmarks law.
  • If you think it may be unpermitted work or work which violates landmarks law, report it to us right away, and we can help determine if it may be a violation, and help you report it and ask for an inspection as soon as possible.
  • If you are sure it is a violation of landmarks law, or the situation seems urgent and needs immediate attention, you can file a complaint and request an inspection. Or visit the LPC violations page for more information. Please forward a copy of your complaint/inspection request to us to follow up on.
  • If you believe the situation presents an imminent danger, call 911.