Preservation in Buffalo & Niagara Falls

   

 

 

 

 

 

Buffalo

In the City of Buffalo, the Preservation Board is the regulatory board that operates the City’s preservation program. Their two key duties are initiate the process for Local Landmark or Historic District designation, and to then review exterior changes to designated properties through the Certificate of Appropriateness process.

Certificate of Appropriateness from the Buffalo Preservation Board

Prior to beginning exterior work on a locally listed property, the property owner must obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Preservation Board. Below is a general guide for understanding the procedure for obtaining a certificate:

  1. Verify that your property is listed as a landmark or part of an historic district. You can call the Preservation Board office at 716-851-5029 to confirm or check the district maps below.
  2. If your property is NOT listed as a landmark or part of an historic district, then you do not require Preservation Board review for exterior work permit. The Preservation Board does however review all demolition permits, per Chapter 103-6 of City Code.
  3. File a building permit application for the work you would like to complete in Rm 301 in City Hall. Call 716-851-4925 for more information.
  4. Consult with the Preservation Board staff to ensure the project will meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation- the guidelines the Board uses in reviewing applications.

The Secretary of the Interior Standards are series of concepts about maintaining, repairing, and replacing historic materials, as well as designing new additions or making alterations. There are Standards for four distinct approaches to the treatment of historic properties: Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration, and Reconstruction.

  1. Complete a Preservation Board Application (see below) and submit all necessary information and application fee to Rm 901 in City Hall. There is NO fee for owner-occupied structures. There is a fee for non-owner occupied projects- a$26.25 fee for projects under $10,000 in value and a $57.75 fee from projects over $10,000.
  2. Preservation Board staff will contact you to explain the next steps. One of three actions will occur:
    1. You will be asked to provide further information to complete your application
    2. If your proposed work is a small repair or an in-kind replacement, then you might receive a staff-issued Certificate (approval)
    3. If your proposed work is not in-kind or is a large project, it will require a review by the Preservation Board. The Board generally meets every two weeks, and an application must be submitted at least eight days prior to be placed on a meeting’s agenda. The Board generally meets every other Thursday at 3:00 pm in City Hall Rm 901.

The Buffalo Preservation Board is comprised of eleven members confirmed by the Common Council, who have demonstrated an interest in the history or architecture of the City of Buffalo. The Mayor appoints six members, the Common Council President appoints three, and Preservation Buffalo Niagara (formerly the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier) and the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society each appoint one member.

Current members (as of February 2018):

Appointed by Common Council President

Paul McDonnel, Chair
Eric Lander, Vice Chair
Ruth Bryant

Appointed by Mayor

Don Gilbert
Sam Gurney
Gwen Howard
John Laping
Joel C. Moore
(Unfilled position)

Appointed by the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society

Richard Lippes

Appointed by Preservation Buffalo Niagara

Terry Robinson

Please note that the Buffalo Preservation Board is an agency of the City of Buffalo and is organizationally located within the City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning located at 901 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202. The above information is provided as a service of Preservation Buffalo Niagara. Questions or requests for further information on this process should be forwarded to the Buffalo Preservation Board. You can also visit their website or consult their 2011 brochure Important Information for Property Owners of Historic Buildings & Sites in Buffalo.

Buffalo Historic Districts

City of Buffalo’s Landmark & Historic District Map PBN’s Landmarks & Historic Districts Map

 

Name
Type
Documents
Allentown Historic District Local Historic District & National Register Historic District Local HD Map
National Register Nomination
Cobblestone Historic District Certified Local Historic District Local HD Map
NPS Certification Letter
Delaware Historic District Local Historic District & National Register Historic District Local HD Map
National Register Nomination
Elmwood Historic District National Register Historic District National Register Nomination (east)
National Register Nomination (west)
Fargo Estate Historic District National Register Historic District National Register Nomination
Genesee Gateway Historic District Certified Local Historic District Local HD Nomination
NPS Certification Letter
Hamlin Park Historic District Local Historic District & National Register Historic District Local HD Map
National Register Nomination
High Street Historic District Local Historic District Local HD Nomination
Joseph Ellicott Historic District Certified Local Historic District Local HD Map
NPS Certification Letter
Larkin Historic District Local Historic District Local HD Map (not available)
Linwood Preservation District Local Historic District (expanded section) & Certified Local Historic District (original section) Local HD Map
Certified Local HD Map
NPS Certification Letter
Market Square Historic District National Register Historic District National Register Nomination
Michigan-Sycamore Historic District Local Historic District Local HD Nomination
Parkside Subdivision Historic District National Register Historic District National Register Nomination (east)
National Register Nomination (west)
Prospect Hill Historic District National Register Historic District National Register Nomination
West Village Historic District Local Historic District & National Register Historic District Local HD Map
National Register Nomination
Theatre Historic District Certified Local Historic District Local HD Map
NPS Certification Letter
Olmsted Parks & Parkways Historic District Local Historic District & National Register Historic District National Register Nomination
Upper Black Rock Historic District Certified Local Historic District Local HD Map (not available)
NPS Certification Letter
500 Block of Main Street Historic District Certified Local Historic District Local HD Map
NPS Certification Letter

 

 

Niagara Falls

In the City of Niagara Falls, the Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Commission is the regulatory board that operates the City’s preservation program. Their two key duties are initiate the process for Local Landmark or Historic District designation, and to then review exterior changes to designated properties through the Certificate of Appropriateness process.

Certificate of Appropriateness from the Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Commission

Prior to beginning exterior work on a locally listed property, the property owner must obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Preservation Commission. Below is a general guide for understanding the procedure for obtaining a certificate:

  1. Verify that your property is listed as a landmark or part of an historic district. You can call the Niagara Falls Planning Office’s Historic Preservation Specialist, James Bragg at 716-286-4467 to confirm or check out the district maps below
  2. If your property is NOT listed as a landmark or part of an historic district, then you do not require Preservation Commission review for exterior work permit but please note you may still need to obtain permits from the Department of Code Enforcement.
  3. Consult the Department of Code Enforcement (716-286-4450) and the Historic Preservation Specialist to clarify and confirm the correct procedure for submitting needed building permits and Certificate of Appropriateness Application.
  4. Consult with the Historic Preservation Specialist to ensure the project will meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation- the guidelines the Board uses in reviewing applications.

The Secretary of the Interior Standards are series of concepts about maintaining, repairing, and replacing historic materials, as well as designing new additions or making alterations. There are Standards for four distinct approaches to the treatment of historic properties: Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration, and Reconstruction.

  1. Complete a Certificate of Appropriateness Application and submit all necessary information and application fee to Planning Office. A $15 application fee will apply.
  2. The Preservation Commission will then review the Application and may schedule a public hearing.
  3. If approved, certificates are valid for 18 months, unless extended by the Director of Community Development. If denied, the Preservation Commission will put in writing the reasons for the denial.

Please note that the Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Commission is an agency of the City of Niagara Falls and is organizationally located within the City of Niagara Falls Planning Office located at 745 Main Street, Niagara Falls NY 14301. The above information is provided as a service of Preservation Buffalo Niagara. Questions or requests for further information on this process should be forwarded to the Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Commission.

 

Niagara Falls Historic Districts

     
City of Niagara Falls’
Park Place Historic District Guide
Park Place Historic District Map Niagara Falls Landmark & Historic Districts