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Architecture

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.

 

Where can I get information about the architectural guidelines of the FHGC?

A copy of the Forest Hills Gardens Corporation Architecture and Construction Procedures and Guidelines booklet can be found here:

2002 Procedures and Guidelines

 

How do I get an application?

Click here:

Application Checklist

Application Minor

Application Major

Architecture applications are also available at the FHGC office. Residents may also send a request to fhgcemail@aol.com or call 718.268.2420 to have one emailed or mailed to their home.

 

What is the application process?

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.

 

How long will it take before my application is reviewed?

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.

 

Am I required to attend the Architecture Committee meeting when my application is reviewed?

No.

 

I am replacing a window with the exact same style of window. Do I need Architecture Committee approval?

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 Architecture Committee did not approve my application. What can I do?

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.

 

Are there fees associated with an Architecture Committee application?

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.

 

Are there restrictions on the hours when I may have construction work performed?

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.

 

Do I need to file a permit with the NYC Dept. of Buildings if I already submitted my plans to the Gardens?

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.