City of Binghamton, New York

Historic Preservation

Are there any funds to help with Historic Preservation projects?

Kind of.

Properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places or contributing buildings to National Register Historic Districts may be eligible for Federal and/or New York State Tax Credits for potentially up to 20% of qualifying costs for owner-occupied residential buildings, or up to 40% of qualifying costs for incoming producing buildings (this includes RENTAL residential). More information is available on the NY State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) website.

Design Review - Administrative CoA (CAUD)

This form is used when applying for an Administrative Certificate of Appropriateness for designated Historic Properties. Only certain minor modifications are eligible for the administrative review. Please review the list of eligible projects on the Historic Design Review page; projects which are NOT eligible for the administrative review should complete and submit the Design Review Application.

All properties in locally designated Historic Districts and all designated Local Landmark Properties are required to get a Certificate of Appropriateness for any exterior modifications.

Binghamton Historic Design Guidelines

In 2011, the City of Binghamton hired a consultant to help produce a modern, up-to-date set of Design Guidelines for Historic Properties. The new City of Binghamton Historic Design Guidelines were official adopted by City Council on October 5, 2011.  They provide information on Historic Preservation approaches and procedures, design principles, architectural styles, and applicable City laws.

How do apply for CAUD approval?

The first step to meet with the Historic Preservation Planner, who can go over your proposed plan and provide some guidance on what might be acceptable.  The next step is to fill out a CAUD Design Review Application, which can be downloaded from CAUD section of the Planning, Housing, and Community Development website.  Submit your completed application to the Historic Preservation Planner, along with copies of architectural drawings, photographs of the property, product samples or brochures, or any other materials necessary for CAUD to make proper review (consult with the Historic Preservat

What is CAUD and what does it do?

CAUD stands for Commission on Architecture and Urban Design.  It is comprised of members of the public, who oversee the establishment and preservation of historic landmarks and historic districts in the City of Binghamton.  To this end, they are authorized by City ordinance to review proposed exterior alterations to all historic landmarks or properties located within historic districts. They can then decide to issue a Certificate of Approval, Approval with Conditions, or Denial based on their findings.

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