The FHGC Architecture Committee oversees new construction and all changes to the exterior of buildings in the Gardens in an effort to preserve the original aesthetics and design of our community.
A copy of the Forest Hills Gardens Corporation Architecture and Construction Procedures and Guidelines booklet can be found here:
Architecture applications are also available at the FHGC office. Residents may also send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718.268.2420 to have one emailed or mailed to their home.
The Architecture Committee typically holds one meeting per month. It is recommended that completed applications be submitted to the FHGC at least 10 days prior to the next scheduled FHGC Architecture Committee meeting. A completed application requires the signature of the homeowner and usually requires photos of existing conditions, detailed sketches of proposed design; catalogue cuts and samples as appropriate.
Shortly after the submission of a complete application, a member of the committee will contact the homeowner and a site visit will be arranged. The FHGC will respond, in writing, advising results of the review. The length of the review process depends upon the scope of the work proposed. Major renovations can take several months whereas replacement or restoration work may only be a few weeks.
Yes, you need to submit an application for any changes to the exterior of your home, including replacements of windows or doors, even if they are in the same style. Windows and doors may have been replaced previously with unapproved materials or in unapproved styles.
The first step is to make sure there is a clear understanding of the reasons for the disapproval. In many cases, the applications simply need to be revised as recommended by the Architecture Committee and resubmitted. You may also formally appeal the decision of the Architecture Committee by sending a letter to the FHGC Board.
There is a fee schedule for extensions and major alterations based on square footage or a flat fee of $10,000 for a new house application.
Approved work may take place from 7am to 6pm on weekdays, and on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Major construction requiring the use of earthmoving equipment and cement work is not permitted on the weekends.
A FHGC Architecture application is not a substitute for a NYC DOB permit or approval. All construction must comply with the Building Code of the City of New York. If the DOB requires a permit, it must be submitted in addition to the FHGC application.