Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission


Regular meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the Second Floor Conference Room of City Hall, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY.

Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission (ILPC) meetings may be held using videoconferencing technology. More information, including the written procedures governing the use of videoconferencing technology, is available on our Boards and Committees page.  The live stream of the meeting and video recordings of prior meetings are available on the City’s YouTube channel.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Most Recent Agenda | View Available Minutes

Overview & Duties

The Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission is charged with administering and interpreting the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Ordinance. The ILPC is made up of 7 members of the community, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Common Council. They serve unpaid 3-year terms and have backgrounds in architecture, historic preservation, construction, engineering, the arts, and/or business. Individuals who may be interested in serving on the ILPC are encouraged to contact the Planning, Building & Development Department at 607-274-6555.

The goal of the Landmarks Preservation Ordinance is to ensure exterior changes to locally designated historic properties are compatible with the historic character of the individual property itself and, if the property is located within an historic district, of the district as a whole. To accomplish this goal, the Landmarks Ordinance requires ILPC review of proposals for any change to the exterior or site of a locally designated historic structure. The approval of such work is called a Certificate of Appropriateness. In addition, all work reviewed by the ILPC requires a Building Permit, issued by the City of Ithaca Building Division.

The first step in the approval process for any project that affects the exterior or site of a locally designated historic property is applying for a Building Permit. The Building Division is located on the 4th floor of City Hall. You may apply for a Building Permit Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 and 10 a.m.

More information about the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission


  • Edward Finegan, Chair
    Term: December 31, 2023
  • David Kramer, Vice-Chair
    Term: December 31, 2022
  • Susan Stein
    Term: December 31, 2021
  • Stephen B. Gibian
     Term: December 31, 2022
  • Vacancy
    Term: December 31, 2022
  • Katelin Olson
    Term: December 31, 2023
  • Avi Smith
    Term: December 31, 2023
  • Common Council Liaison
    • Nancy Brcak
      Term: December 31, 2021
    • Mary Raddant Tomlan
      Term: December 31, 2022

Letter to Property Owners

Local Historic Districts & Properties

Ithaca Landmark Preservation Ordinance