Service Updates 2017

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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.


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