Preservation Board

About the Preservation Board

The City of Buffalo established the Preservation Board in 1976. Its powers and responsibilities are derived from Buffalo's Preservation Ordinance, which declares "as a matter of public policy that preservation, protection, conservation, enhancement, perpetuation, and utilization of sites, buildings, improvements, and districts of special character, historical or aesthetic interest, or value are necessary and required in the interest of the health, education, culture, prosperity, safety, and high quality of life of the people." 

The Preservation Board reviews all exterior changes to landmark properties and properties located within City of Buffalo Preservation Districts as per Chapter 337 of City of Buffalo Code.  The Preservation Board uses the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings as its guidelines, which can be found at the National Park Service website.

If the proposed work is a small repair or an in-kind replacement, a staff-level review may be possible. If not, the project will be reviewed at a Preservation Board meeting.

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Preservation Board Public Meetings 

The next regularly scheduled Planning Board meeting will be held via Videoconferencing. Anyone who wishes to attend do so here.

 Join online at

  • Meeting number: 173 804 3655
  • Password: HistReview

Join by phone

  • +1-415-655-0001 US Toll
  • Access code: 173 804 3655  

Public comments regarding an application to the Preservation Board may be submitted in writing (via email at or by hard copy document mailed to the Preservation Board, 920 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202) or at the public meeting by attending online or calling into the videoconference by telephone. Written public comments are required to be submitted and received at least 24 hours prior to the meeting start time. Written comments are strongly encouraged.


  • Gwen Howard, Chair
  • Eric Lander, Vice Chair
  • Ruth Bryant
  • Don Gilbert
  • Sam Gurney
  • Anthony James
  • John Laping
  • Joel Moore
  • Catherine Schweitzer
  • Richard F. Campbell