Certification of No Harassment or Exemption Application

You must have a Certification of No Harassment or Exemption from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development before you can receive a permit from the Department of Buildings (DOB) to alter, demolish, or change the shape or layout of a single room occupancy (SRO) multiple dwelling or a multiple dwelling in the following locations:

  • The Special Clinton District
  • The Special Hudson Yards District
  • Preservation Area P-2 of the Special Garment Center District
  • The Greenpoint-Williamsburg anti-harassment area
  • The Special West Chelsea District

If you receive Certification, you still must follow all other laws and regulations that relate to construction work in the building, including the Building Code, the Rent Stabilization Law, the Rent Control Law, and the Real Property Law. Certification is valid for 3 years. You must file a new application every 3 years to continue certification.