The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.

     

    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080
    Email:
    [email protected]

    The Department of Housing Initiatives is a newly established department dedicated to support housing planning in the City of Kingston. The Department manages housing-related grants, supports the construction of new market-rate and affordable housing, develops policies to protect existing residents, and addresses the connection between housing and sustainability, health, and mobility. The Department also reviews the disposition of city-owned property suitable for housing development and collaborates with local and regional housing organizations.

    The City of Kingston is a proud member of the Ulster County Housing Smart Communities Initiative, a member of the Up For Growth network, and part of the the Ulster County Continuum of Care. The Office of Housing Initiatives also manages a City of Kingston Housing Task Force

    The City of Kingston is a certified "Pro-Housing Community" by New York State


    Upcoming Housing-Related Public Events & News

    HomeShare Program for the City of Kingston. Family of Woodstock, HomeShare Woodstock, and the City of Kingston Housing Task Force are exploring whether a home sharing program can work in Kingston. By connecting homeowners who have extra space with renters, home sharing is one proven way to help those in both groups who are burdened by housing costs. An interest survey is available until March 5 here.

    Accessory Dwelling Unit Design Competition: The City of Kingston, in partnership with RUPCO and Ulster County, hosted an accessory dwelling unit design competition. Submissions are were due on August 15, 2023. The awardees were announced in November 2023. For more information, see here.  

    Citywide Rezoning: As of August 2, 2023, the citywide form-based zoning code is in effect. For more details, resources, a development guide and the latest updates, visihttps://engagekingston.com/kingston-forward

    Emergency Tenant Protection Act: On July 28, 2022, the Common Council of the City Kingston passed Resolution 144 of 2022 to declare a housing emergency. That Resolution, based on a careful study of local housing conditions, allows Kingston to opt into the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA). Mayor Steve Noble signed the legislation on July 29, 2022. The effective date of this legislation is August 1, 2022. For the City's ETPA tenant information hub on Engage Kingston to learn about your rights under this legislation, click here. If you are a tenant or owner, you can also visit DHCR's rent connect website (https://rent.hcr.ny.gov/RentConnect/Welcome) for all relevant forms and documentation. 

    Active Housing Projects on Engage Kingston

    Kingston Forward: Citywide Rezoning

    City of Kingston Surplus Properties

    Emergency Tenant Protection Act Information Hub

    ARPA Affordable Housing Fund

    Say Yes to ADUs! Accessory Dwelling Design Competition

    Midtown Thriving: Brownfield Opportunity Area Grant

    City of Kingston Right to Counsel Program (access to free legal services)

    Relevant Plans

    A Plan for Redevelopment: The City of Kingston’s Vacant and Abandoned Properties

    Kingston 2025 Comprehensive Plan

     

    Fact Sheets & Housing Resources

    Kingston Forward Development Guide - This handbook summarizes how to use the City's new form-based zoning code. For more information and many more resources, visit: https://engagekingston.com/kingston-forward

    Short-term rental regulations in the City of Kingston - This fact sheet outlines the regulations for short-term rentals in the City of Kingston under the form-based zoning code. The online registration link is: https://cityofkingston.munirevs.com

    Do you have a complaint related to short-term rental activity? You can submit it here. (Make sure to select City of Kingston, NY under the jurisdiction) 

    The City of Kingston's Right to Counsel Program - Are you facing an eviction in court? Do you need help exercising your housing rights? The City of Kingston's Right to Counsel Program can help. 

    Landlord-Tenant Housing Mediation Program - This fact sheet provides information on the Landlord-Tenant Housing Mediation Program. This program provides free, confidential mediation from a trained mediator that can help resolve your conflict without having to go to housing court. To get started, fill out an intake form or call the DRC at (845) 372-8771 x 5001 to reach Jolynn Dunn. 

    Emergency Tenant Protection Act in Kingston, New York - On July 28, 2022, the Common Council of the City Kingston passed Resolution 144 of 2022 to declare a housing emergency. This fact sheet gives information on the implementation of ETPA in Kingston and contains a list of properties covered by ETPA. 

    Residential Tenants' Rights Guide - This guide from the Attorney General's Office summarizes renter's rights and protections under New York State Law. If you need legal help for a housing issue, find out how to access the City of Kingston's Right to Counsel program here

    City of Kingston Disposition Policy - The City of Kingston follow this property for selling surplus property. 

    Looking for the latest statistics on homelessness in the City of Kingston/Ulster County? See the interactive map from the National Alliance to End Homelessness here. Then, click on Ulster County. 

    Affordable Housing Under the Form-Based Zoning Code

    The City of Kingston’s zoning code, Kingston Forward, requires reduced-rent units for housing developments that have 7 or more units. Projects with 7-19 units require affordable units (rented for no greater than 30% of 80% AMI) and projects with 20 or more units require both affordable and workforce units (rented for no greater than 30% of 120% AMI).

    Form-Based Code Affordable Housing Requirements

    Affordable and Workforce Housing 2023 Rents & 2024 Utility Allowances

    Tenant Income Certification Form

    Owner's Certification of Continuing Program Compliance

    Instructions for Completing Tenant Income Certification

    Payment in Lieu of Providing Affordable Housing - Common Council Criteria

     

    City of Kingston Municipal Preference Policy

    The purpose of the municipal preference policy is to prevent displacement from the City of Kingston by ensuring that current residents and former residents of the City have priority access to affordable housing opportunities and therefore have a better chance of living in the City.  To read how housing providers in the City of Kingston could adopt a preference policy for City of Kingston residents, see here. Please contact the Office of Housing Initiatives for additional guidance. 

    Accessory Dwelling Units in the City of Kingston

    Accessory dwelling units in the City of Kingston are legal citywide under the City's recently adopted form-based code. The City held an accessory dwelling unit design competition in 2023, see here. Pre-approved construction sets for the winning design will be published in early 2024. 

    Kingston has also adopted 421-F, a property tax exemption for new attached accessory dwelling units. For more information, contact the City Assessor.  

    Kingston Water Department Accessory Dwelling Unit Guidance

    Short-Term Rentals in the City of Kingston

    Short-term rental regulations in the City of Kingston - This fact sheet outlines the regulations for short-term rentals in the City of Kingston under the form-based zoning code. The online registration link is: https://cityofkingston.munirevs.com

    Do you have a complaint related to short-term rental activity? You can submit it here. (Make sure to select City of Kingston, NY under the jurisdiction) 

    The list of registered short-term rentals can be found here. (updated quarterly) 


       
         
         
         
         

    Contact Information

    Bartek Starodaj, Director of Housing Initiatives

    (845) 334-3928

    [email protected]