Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Phone System Expands: Building Enforcement Safety Team Added
The Department has expanded its IVR phone system to include the Building Enforcement Safety Team (BEST). IVR enhances the consistency and efficiency of the Department’s Citywide units located in Manhattan by enabling the identification and routing of calls.
DPL-1 Form in DOB NOW: Inspections
Licensed Professionals are now required to use the DPL-1 form for all DOB NOW: Inspections transactions needing the upload of a seal.
DOB NOW: Build Webinar Sessions for Sidewalk Shed, Supported Scaffolding, Sign, and Fence Job Filings
DOB NOW: Build for Sidewalk Shed, Supported Scaffolding, Sign, and Fence job filings will launch October 16, 2017. In-person information sessions will be held during September and October. To supplement these sessions, the Department is offering webinars in October. Register for a webinar today.
DOB NOW: Safety Webinar Information Sessions for Boiler Compliance Filings
DOB NOW: Safety launches Boiler Compliance filings August 14, 2017. In-person information sessions will be held in August and to supplement these sessions, the Department is offering webinars. Register for a webinar today.
DOB NOW: Build Webinar Sessions for Antenna and Curb Cut Job Filings
Antenna and Curb Cut job filings will launch in the DOB NOW: Build online system August 28, 2017. The Department will host in-person information sessions and will supplement the offerings with webinars the week of the launch. Register for a webinar today.
Elevator Construction Code Determinations
Effective August 1 2017, Elevator Determinations will follow the same process as regular borough determinations. As such, the Department has updated the CCD1 form and created a dedicated email address for elevator Construction Code determinations and variances.
Department Launching NEW Borough Intake Form and Electronic Denial Notification Process
The Department is implementing a Borough Intake Form for customers to a use when submitting manual applications to the Borough Office. This new form will improve tracking of submitted requests and allow the Department to send denial notifications electronically, instead of making customers visit the office to retrieve paperwork.
Sidewalk Shed, Supported Scaffold, Fence, and Sign Job Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build on October 16, 2017
Effective October 16, 2017. Learn more.
Information Sessions for DOB NOW: Build for Sidewalk Shed, Supported Scaffolding, Fence and Sign Job Filings
The Department will host information sessions throughout the months of September and October to demonstrate the new DOB NOW: Build online system launching October 16, 2017 for Sidewalk Shed, Supported Scaffolding, Fence and Sign job filings. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.
Gas Authorization and Plumbing Sign-off Request Changes in DOB NOW: Inspections
Beginning June 30, 2017, anyone associated with a record where a Gas Authorization or Plumbing Sign-off Request was submitted and rejected by the Department, will now be able to view the rejection reason(s) in DOB NOW: Inspections when using the workflow to resubmit the request.
eFiling Registration Required to Submit Boiler Compliance Filings in DOB NOW: Safety
Effective August 14, 2017, all 2017 Boiler Inspection Cycle compliance filings must be submitted in DOB NOW: Safety. eFiling registration is required to submit Boiler Compliance Filings in DOB NOW: Safety.
eFiling: New Enrollment Process for Boiler Insurance Agency Inspectors
Boiler Insurance Agency Inspectors have been added to eFiling as a new license/tradesperson type. To sign up for eFiling as a Boiler Insurance Agency Inspector, you will be required to enter your New York State Boiler Inspection Certificate Number and select your Company Name.
Antenna and Curb Cut Job Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build on August 28, 2017
Effective August 28, 2017, all new Antenna and Curb Cut job filings must be submitted through DOB NOW: Build.
eFiling: New Enrollment Process for High Pressure Boiler Operators/Stationary Engineers
High Pressure Boiler Operators/Stationary Engineers have been added to eFiling as a new license/tradesperson type. To sign up for eFiling as a High Pressure Boiler Operator/Stationary Engineer, you will be required to enter your license number and Company Name.
eFiling: Registration Changes for Filing Representatives
Filing Representatives have been added to eFiling as a new license/tradesperson type. To sign up for eFiling as a Filing Representative, you will be required to enter your Department-issued Identification Number and provide your Company Name.
eFiling: New Enrollment Process for Registered Landscape Architects
The Department has added the Registered Landscape Architect license type to eFiling. All Registered Landscape Architects creating new eFiling accounts must submit their Authentication/Enrollment Form for eFiling enrollment to the Limited Alteration Application (LAA)/Permit Renewal and Hub Authentication Unit in-person or by mail.
Boiler Compliance Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Safety
Boiler Compliance Filings will launch August 14, 2017 in DOB NOW: Safety. Please note the following critical dates.
DOB NOW: Build Information Sessions for Antenna and Curb Cut Job Filings
DOB NOW: Build will launch on August 28, 2017 for Antenna and Curb Cut job filings. The Department will host information sessions throughout the months of August and September to demonstrate DOB NOW: Build for Antenna and Curb Cut job filings. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.
Fitness Requirements for License Applicants and Current Licensees
Effective July 10, 2017 original applicants for licensure, as well as license renewal applicants, will be required to submit the LIC62: Physical Examination Form. Pursuant to Title 1 RCNY §104-01 (f), proof of fitness is required to perform the work authorized by the relevant license.
Upcoming Special Programs: 2017 No-Penalty Retaining Wall, Deck and Porch Program to Begin
The Department’s annual No-Penalty Programs for retaining walls, decks and porches will begin June 28 and end July 29, 2017. The No-Penalty Programs were designed to assist homeowners with maintaining their structures in a safe and Code-compliant manner.
NEW and Revised Cranes and Derricks Forms
Pursuant to rule amendments contained in 1 RCNY 3319-01 and other requirements, effective May 24, 2017, applicants must use the following revised forms when submitting applications and notifications to the Cranes and Derricks Unit. Only the updated forms that specify a revision date of May 2017 in the bottom right corner will be accepted.
DOB NOW: Inspections Borough Support Kiosks
Registered users of DOB NOW: Inspections can now bring a USB drive to any Borough Office and upload files to the system for inspection requests, certification of objections, and self-certifications.
Revised Frequent Inspection Requirements for Cranes and Derricks
Recent Amendments to 1 RCNY §3319-01 have revised the frequent inspection requirements for Cranes and Derricks.
After-Hours Variance Application (PW5) Updated
The statement and signatures section on the After-Hours Variance (AHV) application has been revised. The updated form will be in use effective immediately.
Information Sessions for DOB NOW: Safety Boiler Compliance Filings
The Department will host information sessions throughout the months of June, July, and August to demonstrate DOB NOW: Safety for boiler compliance filings launching August 14, 2017. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.
Updates to DOB NOW: Inspections Owner Email
To make inspection requests, delegate others, and view results, the email address used to register for your DOB NOW: Inspections account must match the email address listed in Section 26 of the Plan Work Application (PW1) or Section 6 of the Place of Assembly Application (PA1). If you are an owner and you need to correct the email address you provided, the applicant (PE/RA) is not required to sign and seal the form. Sections 1, 2, 4, 24 and 26 on the PW1 form must be completed for a Post Approval Amendment (PAA). The normal PAA processing fee of $100.00 will apply to any changes to the PW1.
NEW Electrical Advisory Board Submission Requirement: Asbestos Abatement Compliance Required
Effective May 1, 2017, all submittals for Electrical Advisory Board (EAB) review and approval (1,000 KVA or greater) must include one of the following, dependent upon the presence of asbestos containing material (ACM) at the project.
Cash Payment Restrictions
Effective April 10, 2017, the New York City Department of Buildings will limit cash payments to a maximum of $50.00 per transaction. Additionally, the Department will not accept cash payments for civil penalties or returned checks (A.K.A. ‘No Good Checks’).
Gas Piping Work Civil Penalty Amnesty Program
Effective April 5, 2017, Local Law 158 of 2016 establishes a Gas Piping Work Civil Penalty Amnesty Program to encourage the repair and resolution of any gas piping work completed without a permit.
eRenewal Requirement Updates
The Department has updated the requirements for eRenewal. These updates impact eRenewals of permits where the Construction Superintendent (CS), Site Safety Coordinator (SSC), or the Site Safety Manager (SSM) have changed or where their licenses are inactive or expired.
Development HUB Consultation Request Form Updated
Effective March 2017, an updated electronic Consultation Request Form, issued by the Development HUB will be released. The updated form will improve the project eligibility review process and collect additional data to better serve the public.
LAA Filings: Fire Stopping Requirements
With the new change, in all instances where the fire stopping has been restored, the License Master Plumber or Licensed Master Fire Suppression Contractor must upload into DOB NOW: Inspections a signed and sealed statement on company letterhead with the following information at the time of request for LAA sign-off.
New York City Construction Codes Revision Committee: Accepting Applications for Members
The Department is seeking applicants to serve on the 2017 Construction Codes Revision & Development Committee. To be considered for committee membership, a completed application must be submitted, including all required documentation, to the Department by March 30, 2017.
Information Sessions for Limited Alteration Application (LAA) Updates and Changes
The Department will host information sessions on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 and Friday, March 31, 2017 to demonstrate the new updates and changes to the LAA filing process. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.
Gas Work Qualification
Pursuant to Local Law 150 of 2016, a Master Plumbers License or either a Full or Limited Gas Work Qualification will be required to perform gas work beginning on January 1, 2020.
Continued Enforcement of Active Job Designations for Registered Construction Superintendents
In compliance with the NYC Department of Buildings’ regulations, Registered Construction Superintendents (CS) cannot be designated on more than 10 active jobs. The Department will audit filings to enforce this mandate and in the future, the Department will be adding a hard stop, automatically preventing filings from proceeding if CS is on more than 10 active jobs.
Interactive Voice Response Phone System to Launch: Enhances Consistency and Efficiency
The Department is launching an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone system to provide excellent customer service by routing callers to the appropriate unit and providing information as quickly as possible.
Temporary Heat in Buildings Under Construction
To provide temporary heat for buildings under construction during the heat season – October 1 through April 30 – Plumbing Contractors may install salamanders by either connecting to cooking gas risers, temporary risers or by using the boiler in the building. As required, all Temporary Heat applications must be completed with a Department inspection or self-certification.
New Electronic Joint Venture Submission Process for Licensed Master Plumbers and Licensed Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors
As of January 3, 2017 the Department has implemented a new email submission process for Licensed Master Plumbers (LMP) and Licensed Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors (LFSC) filing for Joint Venture approval.
Refunds for Permit Fees for One, Two, or Three Family New Buildings and Alteration Applications
Effective January 17, 2017, in accordance with Local Law 56 of 2016, the Department will make several fee changes that affect one, two, or three family dwellings and as a result Applicants/Owners may be eligible for refunds.
Fee Equity – Local Law 56 of 2016 FAQ
Fee Equity – Local Law 56 of 2016 FAQ.
BEST, Excavations, and Scaffolding Units Relocate
BEST, Excavations, and Scaffolding Units are moving to Lafayette Street, 12th Floor, New York, New York 10007.
Permit Fees for One-, Two-, or Three-Family New Buildings and Alteration Applications
Effective January 17, 2017, new fee changes specified in Local Law 56 of 2016 that affect one-, two-, or three-family dwellings.