Service Updates 2017


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December

2018 Cranes & Derricks Holiday Weekend Inspection Schedule

 

Elevator New Installation and Alteration Fees
Effective December 11, 2017, all new Elevator application filings must be submitted through DOB NOW: Build at www.nyc.gov/DOBNOW and fees will be calculated based on Local Law 56 of 2016.

 

NEW REQUIREMENT: Property Owners and Other Responsible Parties Must Report Construction Site Incidents
Effective January 19, 2018, property owners or the person otherwise in control of the site at which such incident occurred, or, if the incident involved a construction worker, the General Contractor or subcontractor that employed such worker must report every incident that occurred on every construction site subject to permitting by the Department of Buildings within three (3) business days in accordance with § 28-103.21 of the Administrative Code.

 

Local Law 149 of 2017: Professionally Certified Filings Prohibited for Buildings where Owners have been Found Guilty of Tenant Harassment
Effective December 28, 2017, the Department of Buildings will prohibit any professionally certified filings for buildings where there has been a finding of harassment by a court of competent jurisdiction.

 

Local Law 159 of 2017: Safe Construction Bill of Rights
Pursuant to the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Section 104-24, Registered Filing RepresEffective December 28, 2017, Owners of multiple dwellings are required to provide a Safe Construction Bill of Rights for the following types of construction.

 

Local Law 154 of 2017: Updates to Tenant Protection Plans
The following amendments to Section 28-104.8.4 of the Administrative Code in relation to Tenant Protection Plans (TPP) are effective on December 28, 2017.

 

Local Law 155 of 2017: Contractors Found to Perform Work Without Required Permit to be Listed on Department Website
Beginning on December 28, 2017, the Department of Buildings will publish a list of contractors who have been found to have performed work without a required permit in the preceding two years on its website.

 

Authorized Activity and Responsibilities for Registered Filing Representatives
Pursuant to the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Section 104-24, Registered Filing Representatives may perform certain activities and submit filings based on their registration class.

 

Electronic Insurance Certificate Submission
Effective January 2, 2018, license and registration holders must submit their business insurance certificates electronically. Insurance updates for General Contractors, Safety Registrations, and Tracking number insurance updates will no longer be processed at the Licensing counter.

 

Appointments Required for Original Applicant for General Contractor
Beginning January 2, 2018, Original Applicants for General Contractor Registrations will need to make an appointment for Background Investigation document submissions.

 

November

REQUIREMENTS: Elevator Permit Asbestos
A Certified Asbestos Investigator (CAI) is required to submit a NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) ACP5 Form prior to the issuance of an elevator permit.

 

Department to Review Non-Paid Civil Penalties Imposed by OATH/ECB of Safety Registrant Recipients and Applicants
In compliance with Local Law 47 of 2016, the NYC Department of Buildings will not issue or renew a permit issued to a Safety Registration applicant or recipient with outstanding fines or penalties to the City of New York imposed by the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings/Environmental Control Board (OATH/ECB).

 

DOB NOW: Build Webinar Sessions for Electrical Filings
To supplement the in-person information sessions for DOB NOW: Build Electrical Filings, launching December 4, 2017, the Department is offering webinars during November and December to help users navigate the self-service online tool. The webinar will also be made available for playback from the Department’s website.

 

DOB NOW: Build Webinar Sessions for Elevator Filings
To supplement the in-person information sessions for DOB NOW: Build Elevator Filings, launching December 11, 2017, the Department is offering webinars in December to help users navigate the self-service online tool. The webinar will also be made available for playback from the Department’s website.

 

October

NEW REQUIREMENT: Site Safety Plans Mandatory on All Work Scopes Requiring a Registered Construction Superintendent
Effective November 6, 2017, all jobs requiring a Registered Construction Superintendent (CS) will also require a Site Safety Plan (SSP), as per Local Law 81 of 2017. Currently, only Major Buildings require a Site Safety Plan.

 

Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
Current Reference Standard for Elevator and Escalator Safety as Applied Under the 2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code.

 

Sidewalk Shed, Supported Scaffold, Fence, and Sign Job Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build on October 16, 2017
NEW MANDATE effective October 16, 2017: All new Sidewalk Shed, Supported Scaffold, Fence, and Sign job filings must be submitted through DOB NOW: Build at www.nyc.gov/DOBNOW.

 

September

Electrical Job Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build on December 4, 2017
Effective December 4, 2017, all new Electrical Permit Applications (ED16A) job filings must be submitted through DOB NOW: Build at www.nyc.gov/DOBNOW. All new ED16A filings submitted to the Electrical Unit at 280 Broadway, 1 Centre or through eFiling will be rejected.

 

Elevator Job Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build on December 11, 2017
Effective December 11, 2017, all new Elevator Application filings must be submitted through DOB NOW: Build at www.nyc.gov/DOBNOW. All new ELV1: Elevator Application filings submitted directly to the Elevator Unit’s customer service window will be rejected.

 

eFiling: New Enrollment Process for Elevator Directors, Co-Directors, and Inspectors
The Elevator Directors, Co-Directors, and Inspectors designation has been added to eFiling as a new license type and will be required to register with their license number and business name. To sign up for eFiling as an Elevator Director, Co-Director or Inspector, go to www.nyc.gov/dobefiling.

 

DOB NOW: Build Information Sessions for Electrical Job Filings
DOB NOW: Build will launch December 4, 2017 for Electrical job filings. It will be mandatory to submit electrical filings in DOB NOW: Build. The Department will host information sessions throughout November to demonstrate DOB NOW: Build for Electrical job filings. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.

 

DOB NOW: Build Information Sessions for Elevator Job Filings
DOB NOW: Build will launch on December 11, 2017 for elevator job filings and it will be mandatory to submit elevator filings in DOB NOW: Build. The Department will host information sessions throughout the months of November and December to demonstrate DOB NOW: Build for Elevator job filings. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.

 

Department’s Gas Piping Work Civil Penalty Amnesty Program Ending
The Gas Piping Work Civil Penalty Amnesty Program established by Local Law 158 of 2016 will end Oct 5, 2017. The program was designed to encourage the repair and resolution of any gas piping work completed without a permit from April 5, 2017 to October 5, 2017.

 

DOB NOW: Safety Webinar Sessions for Boiler Compliance Filings
Boiler Compliance Filing webinars are being offered for the Department’s new DOB NOW: Safety online system that launched August 14, 2017. The webinar will also be made available for playback on the Department’s website.

 

Development Inspections Units Relocate
Effective Monday, September 11, 2017 the Plumbing, Electrical and Construction Development Inspection Units will no longer be located at 280 Broadway. The new location address is One Centre Street, 23rd Floor, Room 2342, New York, NY 10007.

 

REGISTRATION: Information Session for Administrative Enforcement Unit (AEU) Certificate of Correction Process
The Department will host information sessions to demonstrate the updated Certificate of Correction process for customers who hold a Department-issued identification card ONLY. The sessions will be held on September 19, 2017. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.

 

August

Work Without a Permit: Requesting an Override, Reduction or Waiver of Civil Penalties
Beginning September 12, 2017, the Department’s L2 Form with the revised date of 03/12 in the lower right corner will no longer be accepted. Applicants or property owners must submit the updated L2 Form with the revised date of 08/17 when requesting an override, reduction or waiver of civil penalties for Work Without a Permit.

 

Local Law 87/09: Process to Comply for New Buildings and Buildings Undergoing Alterations
Local Law 87/09 requires owners of applicable, mixed-use and residential buildings to submit an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) once every ten years. Owners must submit their EER in the calendar year coinciding with the last digit of the building’s tax block number.

 

Changes to Administrative Enforcement Unit Available Services and Service Level Agreements
Effective immediately, the following services and service level agreement changes will take place in the Administrative Enforcement Unit (AEU).

 

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.

 

July

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 Scaffold, 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 Scaffold, 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.

 

June

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.

 

May

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.

 

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March

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’).

 

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.

 

February

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.

 

January

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.

 

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