Expedited Review for a Certificate of No Effect

Doing any sort of construction work on landmark buildings tends to be a real headache—not only do you have to file permits with the DOB, but with the LPC as well, which can lengthen an already byzantine process.  Thankfully, under certain circumstances, you can apply for what’s known as a “Expedited Review for a Certificate of No Effect,” which can be a big help speeding things up.  In order to be eligible, the proposed work must meet ALL of the following criteria:

1)  Must be interior work

a.   If the building is an interior landmark, the interior work proposed can’t affect the protected space.

2)  Cannot affect windows, skylights, exterior walls or the roof in any way

3)  Cannot be performed on the ground floor—only in the basement/cellar and the second floor and above.

4)  Floors 3 through 6 cannot have a dropped ceiling or partition less than 1 foot back from an interior windows sill or frame

A reminder: in order to qualify, the work has to meet all of the above requirements.