Historic District Commission

Schenectady Historic Design Guidelines

      Schenectady Historic Design Guidelines - Draft - October 2022

      Public comments due by November 17th.  Please e-mail comments to msmith@schenectadyny.gov

Regular Meetings

  • NEW Fourth Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted)
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Room 110
  • City Hall
    105 Jay Street
    Schenectady, NY 12305
  • Meeting day and location is subject to change.  Check posted agendas for most current information.
  • NEW HDC 2022 Meeting Schedule

Application and Fees

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.

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The Historic District Commission (HDC) 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. 

The Commission is comprised of city residents, appointed by the Mayor, that have demonstrated significant commitment to, and knowledge of, the field of historic preservation.  Only the HDC has the authority to review applications and grant a Certificate of Approval for proposed changes.  While there are other great local resources for historic research and guidance, such as the Schenectady County Historical Society and the Schenectady Heritage Foundation, only Certificates of Approval issued by the HDC are recognized as official approvals by the City of Schenectady.

Historic District Commission FAQ

View the section of the City's zoning code that pertains to Historic Districts and Locally Designated Landmarks.

Project Review

The HDC has delegated certain types of reviews, within specific parameters, to its staff. Staff-reviewed applications require fewer steps and can generally be completed within a short time frame. If staff determines that a project constitutes routine or minor repair, maintenance, or replacement in kind, or cannot be seen from a public right of way, staff can issue an approval and any required building permits may proceed with minimal processing. 

If Commission staff determines that Commission review is required for your project, a complete application and fee must be submitted by the application deadline (a link to the deadlines and meeting schedule is below).  Commission staff will review application materials and may request additional information before the application is placed on the Commission agenda.

Before undertaking any work that may alter the exterior of a historic property, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Commission staff to determine the appropriate level of review.  Work undertaken without required approvals may result in fines and/or the mandatory reversal of the changes.


Patricia Yager, Chair

Dean Bennett

Shaun Andriano

Richard Unger

Joe Fava

Zakhar Berkovich