Will the commission make me repair my building?

There was concern when the Historic District and Landmark Ordinance was passed in 1986 that certain owners might allow their historic buildings to deteriorate to such a degree that the buildings would be in danger of losing their significant features or even of falling down. To help prevent such "demolition by neglect", the Landmarks Ordinance requires that designated properties be kept in good repair. This provision is similar to the Bureau of Code Enforcement's requirement that all City of Troy buildings must be maintained in a safe condition. If you are interested in making repairs to your designated building, the Planning Department staff is available to give you expert technical advice.

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1. What is my role as property owner?
2. Are there any types of work that do not require the commission’s approval?
3. What are some of the factors that the commission considers when it reviews my application?
4. Can the commission make me restore my building to the way it originally looked?
5. Will the commission make me repair my building?
6. Will landmark designation prevent all alterations and new construction?
7. How can I find architects or contractors who have experience with historic buildings?
8. I own a designated building. Should I tell the tenants in my building about the building’s landmark status?
9. I want to sell my landmark building. Must I tell the commission?
10. If I sell my building, should I tell the new owner that the building is a landmark?
11. My designated building is not capable of earning a reasonable return. May I demolish it?
12. What are the City’s provisions regarding this?
13. Are landmarks owned by not-for-profit organizations subject to the same regulations as other landmarks?
14. Is being designated a Troy landmark different from being listed on the national register?
15. How do I find out more about the effects of designation?