Proposed Rule for Public Communication Structures

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s (LPC) rules currently provide standards for the approval of the installation of public pay telephones (“PPT”) on LPC-designated property.  The City of New York has awarded a franchise agreement for the installation, operation and maintenance of public communications structures (“PCS”), which includes the replacement of public pay telephones with PCS  that will provide free Wi-Fi and phone service.  The proposed amendments to section 2-21 of the LPC’s rules will provide standards for the approval of the installation of PCS in a similar manner as the existing approval for PPTs.


The amendments to section 2-21 set forth the standards to permit for the installation of PCS without review and approval by the LPC staff:

  • The PCS must be a design approved by the Public Design Commission;
  • The location of the PCS must meet siting criteria established by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication; and
  • The installation of the PCS must meet standards to preserve historic paving materials.


The Commission’s authority for these rules is found in Sections 1043 and 3020 of the New York City Charter and Sections 25-303, 25-305, 25-306, 25-307, 25-308, 25-310, 25-313 and 25-319 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Public Hearing

.The proposed rule sets forth criteria for the installation of public communication structures, which will provide free WiFi and phone service, and charging ports, in historic districts and on landmark sites.

Public Hearing Date: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 5:00pm

Lauren George at 212.669.7923 and

Municipal Building, 9th Floor North
1 Centre Street
New York, NY 10007