COVID-19 Response - Application Processing
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being encouraged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Wednesday, March 18, customers are strongly encouraged to make use of the following methods:
Transactions conducted at a DOB borough office that are not listed, will continue to take place in-person, including Records Room requests and other functions that require a service ticket.
The following changes are mandatory.
For the above transactions that cannot be processed in eFiling or DOB NOW, mail the application to the appropriate borough office and include on the envelope Attn: Application Processing. The application can also be hand-delivered to the borough office and put in the designated drop-off box. Attach to the application a check or money order for the amount owed payable to the NYC Department of Buildings.
PW1 approvals or objections will be sent to applicants by email. Plan sets will not be returned by email and will need to be picked up from the borough office by pulling a service ticket.
L2: Requests for Overrides, Reductions or Waivers of Civil Penalties for civil penalty paid (CPP) or no relationship to the violation (NRV) can be included with the permit application. L2s for other reasons will continue to require an in-person visit to a borough office.
Transactions without payments
For the above transactions that cannot be processed in eFiling or DOB NOW, mail the application to the appropriate borough office and include on the envelope Attn: Application Processing. The application can also be hand-delivered to the borough office and put in the designated drop-off box.
Post Approval Amendments and Supersede Requests
PAA applications and supersede requests that are filed in-person can be dropped off at the borough in the designated drop-off box. There will be no in-person processing. When the PAA status in the Building Information System (BIS) is PAA Fee due, return to the borough office to make the payment.
Locations for mail and drop off transactions
DOB Outreach to Industry
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Buildings Department is reminding our industry partners to take special care of their workers and construction sites.
The City’s Department of Health & Mental Hygiene has provided guidance on limiting the spread of COVID-19 which can be found here.
We ask that you be vigilant in monitoring your construction sites. Construction sites closed for a prolonged period of time can themselves pose a hazard to the public. In the event you chose to close a construction site due to illness, cleaning, or merely as a precaution, we ask the following:
Finally, construction sites requiring a Department-licensed safety professional cannot operate without one. If your safety professional is out sick, they must be replaced or permitted work cannot be performed.
Thank you for all you do to ensure the safety of workers and the public. The Department will be following up with additional communications as appropriate.
Melanie E. La Rocca Commissioner