Apply for Certificate of Appropriateness

Are you planning work on your historic property?  

If you are planning work on the exterior of your historic property, you may be required to submit an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to the Landmark Preservation Board. Types of work that require Certificates of Appropriateness include (but are not limited to):

  • Demolition or relocation of buildings or building components
  • Removal, replacement or alteration of windows, doors, siding, roofing, moldings, porches
  • Changes in paint color
  • Additions or new construction
  • Permanent landscape alterations, such as fences, walls, lighting, sidewalks, driveways, patios and signs
  • Removal of mature trees and shrubs and alterations to site grading

Please contact staff to the Landmark Preservation Board to determine if your project requires a Certificate of Appropriateness at 315-448-8108 or

Apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness

Step 1.Determine if your property is a Protected Site or in a Preservation District 

[Link to Historic Properties List]  

Step 2.Contact preservation staff to discuss your proposed project

Contact preservation staff at 315-448-8108 or

Step 3.Prepare your materials 

Types of materials you may need include:

  • Detailed project description or scope of work
  • Images
  • Materials list
  • Property survey
  • Elevations and site plan

Step 4.Download .pdf form

Complete relevant sections as discussed with preservation staff

[link to form]

Step 5.Submit application and supporting materials

You may submit your application materials electronically to; or by hand or regular mail to

Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board

City Hall Commons, Suite 512

201 E. Washington Street

Syracuse, NY 13202

Preservation staff will review your materials.  If complete, you will be scheduled for the next available Landmark Preservation Board agenda. 



A certificate of appropriateness is issued by the City of Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board authorizing a material change of appearance of a building, structure, site, landscape, or object designated as a Protected Site or within a Preservation District. Failure to comply with the Landmark Preservation Ordinance may result in a stop work order, citation, fines and/or other legal action.

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