Preservation Long Island’s advisory and technical services support the work of our local partners in communities across the region. We offer consultation and strategic guidance for Long Islanders supporting local preservation projects, including historic resource surveys, local landmark designation, National Register listing, and restoration or adaptive reuse of historic buildings.
Scroll down for links to grant opportunities and other information about preservation in our region.
Do you have a specific preservation-related question or concern? We’re here to help! Please submit an ADVISORY & TECHNICAL SUPPORT INQUIRY FORM. It is important to provide us with as much information as possible to fully assess the situation. Preservation Long Island staff will review the inquiry form and will contact you with recommendations, or to gather more information if needed.
In addition to providing technical and advisory services via direct consultation, Preservation Long Island maintains an Endangered Historic Places list, recognizes excellence through our biennial Awards program, develops Special Reports, organizes Preservation in Progress events, and publishes our Preservation Notes newsletter and Blog.
Ways to Preserve & Protect Long Island’s Historic Places: FAQs and Resources
Sponsoring a Historic District Nomination (National Register): Follow the link to a guide by the New York State Historic Preservation Office outlining the steps and process of sponsoring a new historic district nomination.
Federal and State Tax Credit Programs: Owners of historic income-producing real property, owner-occupied homes, and barns may qualify for a tax credit for rehabilitating the property.
Sensitive Approaches to Rehabilitation and Maintenance: When planning to do work on a historic property, applying general preservation principles will help ensure the property’s significant architectural and historical features.
The Preservation League of New York State’s Preserve New York Grant Program offers funding support for local governments and non-profit organizations to hire professional consultants to design sensitive rehabilitation and maintenance plans for historic properties open to the public.
Design Guidelines: Administration of local preservation ordinances may be supported by design guidelines, which provide property owners with helpful recommendations for ensuring their proposed projects meet the design review criteria required by local preservation ordinance. Design guidelines often include written and graphic information to enhance the clarity and efficiency of the review process for members of preservation commissions and boards as well as applicants. Some examples of guidelines provided by municipalities on Long Island include:
- The Village of Roslyn’ Historic District Board Guidelines
- The Village of Southampton’s Architectural Design Guidelines for Historic Districts and Landmarks
- The Town of Huntington’s Preservation Guidelines
- The Village of Great Neck Plaza’s Guidelines for Property Owners and Residents
Regulating New Construction in Historic Districts: The design and review of plans for new construction in a historic district differ from the design and review of plans for the rehabilitation or repair of an existing historic building. This publication from the National Trust for Historic Preservation explains how to enhance the success of new construction projects through the design review process, as well as different approaches to new construction in historic settings.
Preservation Easements: A legal tool for preservation that can offer flexibility and other benefits.
Local Preservation Laws: Regulation at the local level by cities, villages, and towns provides the strongest protection for historic resources.
Certified Local Government (CLG) Program: Any city, county, town, or village in New York State can be a CLG, once the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and National Park Service determine that it meets state and federal standards. These standards include having adopted an appropriate historic preservation ordinance and appointing a qualified preservation review commission. All certified CLGs may receive direct support from the SHPO, including special grants and services to directly support local preservation activities and long-term preservation goals. Click HERE to find out if your community is a CLG.
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR): In New York State, most projects or activities proposed by a state agency or unit of local government (e.g., infrastructure expansion), and all discretionary approvals (e.g., subdivision approval) from a state agency or unit of local government, require an environmental impact assessment as prescribed by SEQR. For example, a Full Environmental Assessment Form (FEAF), or a Short Environmental Assessment Form (Short EAF) may be required for a proposed action impacting the character or quality of important historic, archaeological, architectural or aesthetic resources.
- Under SEQR law, potentially significant adverse impacts on archeological and historic resources must be considered and a plan to mitigate or avoid such impacts developed. Moreover, nothing in SEQR precludes or prevents attention to historic resources identified during the process of review, public comment and fact-finding, even if those resources are not yet listed or nominated for listing on the National Register. Consequently, SEQR broadly defines “historic” as an element of the environment itself, as well as one of the physical conditions potentially affected by a project: “Environment means the physical conditions that will be affected by a proposed action, including land, air, water, minerals, flora, fauna, noise, resources of agricultural, archeological, historic or aesthetic significance, existing patterns of population concentration, distribution or growth, existing community or neighborhood character, and human health” [6 NYCRR Part 617.2(l)].
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