Historical and Landmarks Review Board


Prior to making any change to your home or property that is visible from the street, please refer to the Historical District guidelines brochure (quick links, upper right.) Work including: new roofs, window replacement, siding, painting, addition or removal or change to any impervious surfaces on site or landscaping work will require a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Board.

The Process

1. Plans must be submitted to the Buildings Department, Ground Floor of City Hall.

2. The Buildings Department will review plans for completeness and decide if approval from the Historical and Landmarks Review Board is required.

3. If the Building Department determines that board approval is required, it will issue a letter to the applicant referring the case to the HLRB.

4. A complete HLRB application must then be submitted to the Department of Development with a copy of the letter from Buildings. Please check the HLRB calendar for monthly application deadlines. This deadline refers to the submission of a complete application package to the Department of Development and the payment of the application fee. This is NOT the date of submission to Buildings.

5. Once an application is received by Development the case will be placed on the next available HLRB agenda subject to correct noticing. See application documents (link below) for details and the standard notice letter.

6. HLRB meetings are recorded and are available for viewing on the City’s website: newrochelleny.com  Government/View Council and Board meetings. Watching a meeting is a good way to understand the meeting format and process.

The Board

The Historical and Landmarks Review Board (HLRB) is a 7-member City board, first appointed by the City Council in 1985 to preserve New Rochelle's past and raise awareness of the City's rich history. The members are all local residents, volunteers, and knowledgeable in local history. The HLRB recommends the designation of districts and landmarks to the City Council and reviews all exterior renovations and new construction in the local historic district.

The Board receives grants periodically for various historic preservation projects. The HLRB is committed to identifying, maintaining, and perpetuating the historic elements that make New Rochelle unique.

View the
Application for Certificate of Appropriateness.
For more information on the HLRB, contact
Kevin Kain at

*Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.
View meeting calendar.