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February 2017

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Refunds For 1-, 2-, and 3-Family Home Filing Fees

Last year, NYC Buildings announced a new, more equitable, fee structure for DOB filings, the first such change in over a quarter century. As part of the restructuring, one-, two-, and three-family New Building and Alteration filing fees were reduced by half, a change that went into effect on 1/17/17. Applications for these types of projects that were filed between 6/9/16-1/16/17 may be eligible for a refund to reflect the new reduced filing fee structure.

Filing Fee Refunds Service Notice

Filing Fee Refunds FAQ

Conference Tickets Are Going Fast

There is still time to get your tickets for DOB's annual Build Safe│Live Safe Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd at the New York Marriott Downtown in Lower Manhattan.

The conference is a daylong series of seminars, presented by Department experts, highlighting industry trends and safe construction practices. Attendees of the conference will also have the opportunity to earn professional credits. Stay tuned for information on seminar topics and conference updates. Tickets are available through our website, reserve your seat today.

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2017 Build Safe │ Live Safe Conference

New Construction Superintendent Rule

Reminder that the Department is conducting random site visits to enforce compliance with the recently-revised Construction Superintendent Rule (1 RCNY 3301-02) and May 2016 Industry Notice.

The Department strictly enforces the Construction Superintendent Rule, failure to comply with the new rule changes can lead to revoked permits, Full Stop Work Orders, ECB violations and fines issued directly to the Registered Construction Superintendent, as well as to the permit holder.

Industry Notice

Disciplinary Cases

The Department issued a civil penalty of $1,600 to a Licensed Master Plumber after it was determined that he had 74 denials of inspection requests within a 7 month period, 43% of his total requests. The reasons for the denial range from missing gas roughing to missing FDNY documentation.

Additional Disciplinary Actions & Voluntary Surrenders

Industry Code of Conduct for Construction Professionals

Licensing Updates

Replacement License/ID Guidelines

Renew Your Welder License

Changes to General Contractor's Registration

Concrete Testing Laboratory License Renewal

Obtain a: Special Rigger License

License Renewal: Special Rigger

Obtain a: Master Rigger License

Master Rigger License Renewal

Changes to: Private Elevator Inspection Agency, Director, Co-Director, Inspector License

Website Updates

Energy Conservation Code Application Submittal

DOB Facade Violation

OSHA's NYC Construction Fatalities

Sustainability Boards

Protocol For Proposals to The Buildings Sustainability Board

Job Postings

Sign up for Weather Alerts


Service Updates

Limited Alteration Application (LAA) Updates and Changes
Information Sessions

Gas Work
Qualification Requirements

Registered Construction Superintendents
Continued Enforcement of Active Job Designations

Interactive Voice Response Phone System to Launch
Enhances Consistency and Efficiency

Licensed Master Plumbers and Licensed Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors
New Electronic Joint Venture Submission Process

BEST, Excavations, and Scaffolding
Units Relocated

One-, Two-, or Three-Family New Buildings and Alteration Applications
Permit Fees

PER12 Manual Appointment Requests
Email Submission Process

LAA Emergency Work Notification
Process For Utility Company Gas Restoration

After-Hours Variance Application
Submissions Accepted Online Only

Sprinkler Systems
Required in Animal Service Facilities

Code Notes


All Code Notes

Hearings + Rules

Hoisting Machine Operators Amendment

1 RCNY 104-09 (effective 03.02.17) The amendments reflect the New York State Supreme Court's decision that the portion of the current rule relating to out-of-state experience in an urban area of comparable density for a Class A Hoisting Machine License is invalid.

Buildings Penalty Schedule Amendment

1 RCNY 102-01 The Department of Buildings (DOB) proposes to relocate the DOB Penalty Schedule from the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) rules in Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York to DOB's rules in Chapter 100 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York. OATH ECB is proposing a companion rule repealing the DOB Penalty Schedule from its rules.

Public Hearing: 03.29.17 @ 10am - 280 Broadway, 3rd Floor Conference Room

Cranes & Derricks Amendment

1 RCNY 101-08 & 1 RCNY 3319-01 Addressing the following issues related to cranes: safety related to high winds, inspections, documentation, engineering plans and operations near powerlines.

Public Hearing: 03.20.17 @ 10am - 125 Worth Street, 2nd Floor

Lift Director

1 RCNY 3319-02 Proposing a new rule relating to the designation and responsibilities of lift directors.

Amendment of License Application Rules

1 RCNY 104-01 Amendment of License Application Rules (effective 03.16.17), updating the rule to more accurately reflect the current qualification process for licensees, expanding the fitness requirements to additional license types and adding restrictions on the location of contractors' businesses within the city.

All Department Rules

2014 Construction Code Updates

Update Pages are printable inserts to keep your hard copy Construction Codes up to date.

All Update Pages for the 2014 NYC Construction Codes.

Buildings Bulletins

All Buildings Bulletins

Did You Know

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Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner

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