Historic Resources Commission
Responsibilities & Duties
HRC is charged to conserve and protect historic sites, structures and other landmarks that have special value or interest to the City, in accordance with the Albany's General City Code Chapter 42 Part 4 Article XII (Sections 42-82 to 42-97), and pursuant to the City's Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance.
Albany's Historic Resources Commission (HRC) is appointed to:
- Administer and regulate the appearance of the adopted historic districts
- Protect their significant character
- Review all proposed alterations or additions to any structure or landmark that fall within, or adjacent to, a local Historic District
- Safeguard the archeological or cultural integrity in the best interest of the community
Review by the HRC is also required for demolition of any designated structure, and for new construction, in a local Historic District.
Historic Resources Commission Documents
- 2022 Historic Resources Commission Submittal and Review Schedule
- Applications & Forms
- Project Documents
Historic Resources Commission Meetings
- 6 pm
- Albany Community Development Agency
200 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, NY 12210
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the moratorium on public gatherings, meetings will be held on a Zoom Teleconference and Videoconference until further notice. Meetings will also be attempted to be live-streamed via YouTube.
How to Submit Audio and Written Comments on Historic Resources Applications
How to Provide Public Comment on an application at a Historic Resources Commission Hearing or Meeting
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
The Historic Resources Commission (HRC) consists of nine members appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Common Council. The presence of five members of the Commission constitutes a quorum, and the concurring vote of five members is required to carry out an action.
John Myers, Chair
Historic Preservation Planning
Albany's Historic Districts were established in accordance with the City's Historic Resources Ordinance. These districts serve to preserve and protect:
- Special historic or aesthetic interest
- Works of art and other objects having a special character
- Any other particular value to the City
Though some of Albany's Historic Districts have been Nationally designated (National Register of Historic Places), the City only maintains oversight for the locally designated districts, which have been adopted by the Common Council. The City has sixteen locally designated historic districts and four districts that are National recognized.