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April 20, 2021


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Register Today for DOB's Build Safe | Live Safe Digital Conference, May 3-7

Registration is now open for DOB's second annual digital conference:

Build Safe | Live Safe Digital 2021: Safety and Sustainability

Our weeklong virtual construction industry conference will be taking place from May 3rd to May 7th, 2021 to coincide with National Construction Safety Week.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Department experts on a variety of topics including construction safety, building maintenance, NYC's regulatory landscape, and building sustainability. There will also be worker safety sessions offered in multiple languages. The conference is free and open to the public, with many courses also counting toward AIA continuing education credits. Don't wait, register today at

Due to the ongoing pandemic and in the interest of public safety, DOB is continuing to delay the return to in-person conferences.

Weekly Service Updates on Occupancy Submissions

DOB is working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the March 1st expansion of DOB NOW: Build. To help keep customers updated, a weekly Service Notice will be posted providing current service levels for these submissions.

Please see today's Service Notice for current service levels for the following:

  • Schedule of Occupancy (first review by Plan Examiner)

  • Certificate of Occupancy (first review by Project Advocate)

For the weekly notice on the occupancy submissions' service levels, customers can visit our Service Updates page.

Please also visit the DOB NOW training page to sign up for our Q&A sessions, held Tuesdays from 2 – 4 p.m., and to view FAQs and other helpful DOB NOW training resources.

Need Additional Help? Questions can also be submitted by using the DOB NOW help form at

Local Law 150 of 2016: Gas Work Qualification Requirement Reminder

As of January 1, 2020, all gas work (based on NYC Fuel Gas Code definitions), including the installation, testing, and maintenance of fuel-gas piping systems, appliances, and accessories must be performed by a Licensed Master Plumber or by:

  • A person who holds a Gas Work Qualification issued by DOB, working under the direct and continuing supervision of a Licensed Master Plumber; or

  • A person who holds a Limited Gas Work Qualification issued by DOB, working under the personal and immediate supervision of a person who holds a Gas Work Qualification or a Licensed Master Plumber.

The License Search feature on the Department's website allows users to verify if the professional they've hired to perform gas work is a Licensed Master Plumber.

Gas work performed by a person who does not have the required qualifications will result in enforcement action, which may include but not be limited to issuance of the following:

  • a violation carrying a penalty of $5,000;

  • an order to remove and reinstall the appliance/system;

  • a Stop Work Order.

Please read the full Service Notice for more information.

Melanie E. La Rocca Commissioner

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