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You need an eFiling account to use DOB NOW: Build and DOB NOW: Safety. The information below mentions DOB NOW specifically but follow the same registration process if you will be processing permit applications directly in eFiling.

If you already have an eFiling account, you can use your email and password to login to DOB NOW.

If you need to change your account information, such as email, phone, or mailing address, log in to eFiling.

If you need to register for an account, follow the process for your role below:


Registration: Building Owner, Building Manager, or Owner Representative

Create an eFiling account to enter job applications in DOB NOW: Build and review and confirm compliance filings in DOB NOW: Safety:

  1. Go to eFiling Registration Form, and fill out the account information.

  2. Select I do not have a license or DOB-issued ID #.

  3. Read the Agreement section, and click Submit. You will receive two (2) emails. Your account will not be active until you get the second email.

    1. You must click the link sent in the first email to activate your account.

    2. The second email confirms your enrollment. You can then use your eFiling email and password at DOB NOW.

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Registration: Professional Engineer, Registered Architect, or Registered Landscape Architect

Create an eFiling account to submit job applications in DOB NOW: Build and report an unsafe façade condition in DOB NOW: Safety:

  1. Go to eFiling Registration Form, and fill out the account information.

  2. Select I have a license or DOB-issued ID #.

  3. Enter your license number and business name in the appropriate in the appropriate section.

  4. Read the Agreement section, and click Submit.

  5. You will receive an email asking you to activate your account.  Click the link in the email; this will open a new browser window.  In the new browser window select Click here to open the Authentication Form, which is a printable version of the information you just entered in eFiling.

  6. Print the form using your browser menu then sign, date, and seal the form.

  7. Send the form by postal mail with a copy of your state-issued identification, such as a driver’s license, or DOB ID to the below address or hand deliver it (bring your state-issued ID or DOB ID, a representative cannot deliver it) to:

    New York City Department of Buildings
    LAA/ Permit Renewal and Hub Authentication Unit
    Attn: eFiling
    280 Broadway, 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10007

The LAA Unit will verify your licensing information, and then notify you by email that your account has been activated. Once you are approved, you can then use your eFiling email and password at DOB NOW.

For each DOB NOW: Build or DOB NOW: Safety filing submission you will also have to upload a completed Design Professional/Licensee Seal and Signature form (DPL-1 form).


Registration: Master Plumber, Oil Burning Equipment Installer, or Electrical Contractor

Create an eFiling account to enter or submit job applications in DOB NOW: Build:

  1. Go to eFiling Registration Form, and fill out the account information.

  2. Select I have a license or DOB-issued ID #.

  3. Enter your license number and business name in the appropriate section.

  4. Read the Agreement section, and click Submit.

  5. You will receive an email asking you to activate your account. Click the link in the email; this will open a new browser window.  In the new browser window select Click here to open the Authentication Form, which is a printable version of the information you just entered in eFiling.

  6. Print the form using your browser menu then sign, date, and seal the form.

  7. Send the form by postal mail with a copy of your state-issued identification, such as a driver’s license, or DOB ID to the below address. You may also hand deliver it in person or a representative may submit on your behalf with a copy of your state-issued identification or DOB ID to:

    New York City Department of Buildings
    LAA/ Permit Renewal and Hub Authentication Unit
    Attn: eFiling
    280 Broadway, 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10007

The LAA Unit will verify your licensing information, and then notify you by email that your account has been activated. Once you are approved, you can then use your eFiling email and password at DOB NOW.


Registration: General Contractor, Sign Hanger, High Pressure Boiler Operator/Stationary Engineer, Site Safety Manager, Elevator Inspector/Director/Co-Director or Filing Representative

Create an eFiling account to enter or submit job applications in DOB NOW: Build:

  1. Go to eFiling Registration Form, and fill out the account information.

  2. Select I have a license or DOB-issued ID #.

  3. Enter your license number and business name in the appropriate section.

  4. Read the Agreement section, and click Submit.

  5. You will receive an email asking you to activate your account. Click the link in the email; this will open a new browser window.  In the new browser window select Click here to open the Authentication Form, which is a printable version of the information you just entered in eFiling.

  6. Print the form using your browser menu then sign, date, and seal the form.

  7. Send the form by postal mail with a copy of your state-issued identification, such as a driver’s license, or DOB ID to the below address. You may also hand deliver it in person or a representative may submit on your behalf with a copy of your state-issued identification or DOB ID to:

    New York City Department of Buildings
    LAA/ Permit Renewal and Hub Authentication Unit
    Attn: eFiling
    280 Broadway, 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10007

The LAA Unit will verify your licensing information, and then notify you by email that your account has been activated. Once you are approved, you can then use your eFiling email and password at DOB NOW.


Registration: Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI)

Create an eFiling account to submit compliance filings in DOB NOW: Safety:

  1. Go to eFiling Registration Form, and fill out the account information.

  2. Select I have a license or DOB-issued ID #.

  3. Enter your license number and business name in the appropriate section.

  4. Read the Agreement section, and click Submit.

  5. You will receive an email asking you to activate your account.  Click the link in the email; this will open a new browser window.  In the new browser window select Click here to open the Authentication Form, which is a printable version of the information you just entered in eFiling.

  6. Print the form using your browser menu then sign, date, and seal the form.

  7. Send the form by postal mail with a copy of your state-issued identification, such as a driver’s license, or DOB ID to the below address or hand deliver it (bring your state-issued ID or DOB ID, a representative cannot deliver it) to:

    New York City Department of Buildings
    LAA/ Permit Renewal and Hub Authentication Unit
    Attn: eFiling
    280 Broadway, 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10007

  8. The LAA Unit will verify your licensing information, and then notify you by email that your account has been activated. After you have been approved by the LAA Unit, you must request QEWI designation from the Façades Unit. Send an email to facades@buildings.nyc.gov, and include the following:

    1. Your name, phone number and email address you used to register in eFiling

    2. New York State license number

    3. A list of jobs filed in New York City as the applicant on buildings over six stories that involve façade restoration work with an example of work history and a contact person who can verify the information.

  9. The Façades Unit will contact you within two business days to schedule an interview. The interview will be held at 280 Broadway and last approximately an hour. In most cases, you will find out at the interview if you have been approved. Once you have been approved by the Façades Unit, you will be able to login to DOB NOW: Safety and submit compliance filings.

For each DOB NOW: Build or DOB NOW: Safety filing submission you will also have to upload a completed Design Professional/Licensee Seal and Signature form (DPL-1 form).


Registration: Boiler Insurance Agency Inspector

Create an eFiling account to submit compliance filings in DOB NOW: Safety:

  1. Go to eFiling Registration Form, and fill out the account information.

  2. Select I have a license or DOB-issued ID #.

  3. Enter your license number and business name in the appropriate section.

  4. Read the Agreement section, and click Submit.

  5. You will receive an email asking you to activate your account. Click the link in the email; this will open a new browser window. In the new browser window select Click here to open the Authentication Form, which is a printable version of the information you just entered in eFiling.

  6. Print the form using your browser menu then sign, date, and notarize the form. Once completed, scan the form and save it as a PDF.

  7. Send an email to the Boiler Unit at BoilersSafety@buildings.nyc.gov and include the following:

    1. The saved PDF version of your Authentication Form

    2. A scanned PDF copy of your New York State Department of Labor Certificate of Competence

The Boiler Unit will verify your licensing information, and then notify you by email that your account has been activated.

Once you are approved, you can then use your eFiling email and password at DOB NOW.


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