Build Safe│Live Safe Conference 2018
Tickets are selling out fast, get yours today! Topics for this year's conference will include:
Additional workshops and credit details will be announced soon, so stay tuned!
DOB Celebrates Women’s History Month
In honor of National Women's History Month, DOB hosted a panel discussion titled She Believed She Could, So She Did. The event featured members of the Department's senior management: Deputy Commissioner for Legal and Regulatory Affairs Alexandra Fisher, Esq., Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Policy Archana Jayaram, Deputy Commissioner for Finance and Administration Sharon Neill, Borough Commissioner for Hub Full and Self Service Elizabeth Skowronek, and Chief of Staff for the Office of the Commissioner Adria Crutchfield. The panel discussed their experiences and gave advice on topics including leadership, gender equity, inclusion in the workplace, and their respective paths to public service.
Changes to Limited Alteration Application Fee Structures
In accordance with Local Law 56 of 2016, the fee and penalty structures for Limited Alteration Application (LAA) permits for repair and replacement of plumbing work and fire-suppression piping, and oil burner installations have been updated for both 1, 2, and 3 family homes, as well as all other building types.
Energy Code News
We want NYSERDA to Hear From You!
The NYSERDA 2018 Stretch Code is now available for PUBLIC COMMENT.
Local Law 32 of 2018 requires that the City adopt the 2018 Stretch Code by NYSERDA as the base code for the 2019 New York City Energy Conservation Code.
Read the proposed code and submit comments on the draft by April 3, 2018.
Updated Energy Code Tabular Analysis
DOB has updated the tabular analysis required for all projects covered under the 2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code to align with changes made to the Code. You can find a sample of the updated chart on our website.
New in DOB NOW: In-Person Trainings
The Department of Buildings is offering the following training sessions to the general public free of charge to learn more about DOB NOW:
Please click the links below on the date and time you would like to attend and follow the instructions to register (all trainings take place at 125 Worth St., 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013 unless otherwise noted):
Q&A on DOB NOW: Build - Electrical filings
Q&A on DOB NOW: Build - Construction Fence & Sign
Future sessions will be added to this page as they are planned – please revisit for the most up to date schedule.
Know Before You Go: Window Wait Times Available Online
As part of our effort to improve customer service and cut down on time spent waiting in line, DOB has implemented the Q-Matic electronic scheduling system. This allows customers to view wait times at our all borough offices, as well as our Manhattan Central Office, in real time. As of Monday, April 2nd current window wait-times can be viewed on our website.
New Procedure for FOIL Request Submissions
Beginning April 12, 2018 the Department of Buildings will begin using the Open Records Portal for Freedom of Information Law requests (FOIL). The Open Records Portal is a mandatory Citywide initiative and all City agencies are required to use the Portal. Through the Open Records Portal you can file a records request with every City agency.
Please submit your Department of Buildings FOIL request to NYC Open Records.
2014 Construction Code Update
Update pages are printable inserts to keep your hard copy Construction Codes up to date.
All update pages for the 2014 NYC Construction Codes.
Local Law 70 of 2018 (Int. No. 1419-A) A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to penalties for construction site safety violations that result in or are accompanied by death or serious physical injury.
Local Law 65 of 2018 (Int. No. 1120-A) A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to notification of proposed soil or foundation work.
Local Law 64 of 2018 (Int. No. 1015-A) A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to establishing a housing portal.
Local Law 62 of 2018 (Int. No. 1009-A) A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to an online portfolio report of registered property owners.
Local Law 55 of 2018 (Int. No. 385-C) A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to indoor asthma allergen hazards in residential dwellings and pest management, and to repeal section 27-2018 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, relating to rodent and insect eradication and extermination.
Hearings + Rules
1 RCNY 103-06 Amendment of Reporting Requirements for Energy and Water Use in Certain Buildings
Public hearing: 04/16/18 @ 2:00 PM - 280 Broadway, 3rd Floor Conference Room
RCNY 102-01 Amendment of Buildings Penalty Schedule (Violation Classification and Certification
of Correction Amendment)
1 RCNY 101-06 Amendment of Rules Governing Special Inspectors and Special Inspection Agencies
1 RCNY 3606-03 Amendment of Reference Standard for Flood Insurance Rate Maps Promulgated Effective Date 04/18/18
2018-002: Clarifies requirements for amending Certificates of Occupancy for use of rooftop terraces.
$49,800 in penalties issued to Clinton Green North LLC, for the illegal transient use of six residential units at 515 West 52nd Street, Manhattan, also known as 779 10th avenue.
$42,000 in penalties issued to building owner Carolina Bartholomew for illegally altering the property at 119-64 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Queens, from a two-family home to a six-family home.
$23,200 in penalties issued to building owner Chuan Ying Xu for the illegal conversion of 83-08 Grand Avenue, Queens, from a two-family home to an eight-family home and for conducting work without a permit.
$25,000 in penalties issued to General Contractor Jose Martinez of JM Contractors (NY), Inc. for failure to safeguard a neighboring property affected by construction, which partially collapsed due to inadequate shoring, sheeting and bracing on a construction site at 120-15 84 Avenue, Queens.
DOB is now publishing monthly Enforcement Bulletins detailing the agency's efforts to sanction and deter bad actors in the construction industry. You can find these bulletins posted in the Press Releases section of our website.
Did You Know
The opening of Coney Island's Luna Park is a sure sign of spring for many New Yorkers. Did you know, that addition to inspecting elevators and escalators, DOB's Elevator Unit is also responsible for overseeing the safe operation of NYC's amusement rides, including the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel?
Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner