Historic District Commission
- 7:00 p.m.
- The Monday before the 3rd Wednesday of every month
- Room 209
105 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
*unless otherwise noted
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are posted approximately 1 week before each meeting. Minutes are posted once they are approved at the next meeting, usually about 5 weeks. If you would like to review minutes before they are approved, please contact City staff to request a copy of the draft minutes, (518) 382-5147 ext 9.
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The Historic Commission works to protect locally designated historic districts and landmarks and acts as a resource for owners of historic properties. Owners of properties that come under the purview of the Commission need approval to make changes to the exterior of their properties, in order to ensure that modifications are made in an historically sensitive manner.
Historic District Commission FAQ
View the section of the City's zoning code that pertains to Historic Districts and Locally Designated Landmarks.
Pat Yager, Chair
Ben Wiles, Vice Chair
Resources for Project Planning and Application Review
- Historic Districts in the City Zoning Code
- Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. The Historic District Commission uses these Standards to evaluate projects under review.
- Preservation Briefs from Technical Preservation Services at the National Park Service. Learn about methods and materials used for rehabilitating historic properties from the National Park Service.
- Technical preservation guidance from the New York State Historic Preservation Office (NYSHPO). Learn about New York State-specific recommendations for historic rehabilitation.
- Stockade Flood Mitigation Design Guidelines 2017
- Downtown Design Guidelines 2002. These guidelines pertain to some properties in the Union Street Corridor Historic District.
- State and Federal Historic Tax Credits
- State and federal financial assistance for preservation work
- City of Schenectady Property Tax Exemption for Alteration of Historic Property, and accompanying form
- NYS Real Property Tax Law Section 444-a
- Information about the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Got a historic property that's not yet listed? Find out about the State and National Registers.