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June 2015

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We are currently seeking 300 construction professionals as part of a plan to transform the Department. Interested applicants may view current job postings. Follow us on Twitter: @NYC_Buildings. Connect with us on LinkedIn.

Participants Needed for Energy Code Advisory Committee

The Department of Buildings is currently accepting applications for our 2015 Energy Code Advisory Committee. Application period ends July 6th.

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Upcoming Change to Additional Exit Stairway Applications

Effective July 1st, there are new requirements for all new non-residential buildings greater than 420 feet in height or any mixed-use building that contains non-residential uses above 420 feet in height.

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Searchable Licensee Database

On June 1st the Department launched a comprehensive directory of all construction professionals monitored by the Department. Anyone can search records which reveal disciplinary actions against a licensee or if a license was voluntarily surrendered.

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Department of Buildings
Blueprint for Fundamental Transformation

Commissioner Chandler's plan of fundamental reform to enhance public safety, reduce wait times and delays, and modernize all aspects of the agency to meet the needs of a 21st century New York City.

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Licensing Updates

How To Guides
Construction Superintendent
High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer
Master + Special Electrician License Renewal
Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor
Master Rigger
Private Elevator Director
Special Sign Hanger

Supplemental Investigations Questionnaires - Rev. 5/15
Climber/Tower Crane Rigger
General Contractor Registration
High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer
Hoist Machine Operator, Class A, Class B, Class C
Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor Class A, B or C
Master Plumber
Master Rigger
Master Sign Hanger
Oil Burner Equipment Installer Class A or B
Private Elevator Inspection Agency Inspector/Director
Site Safety Coordinator
Site Safety Manger
Special Rigger
Special Sign Hanger

Department Approved Courses
Department Approved Course Requirements for Providers
Department Approved Course Provider List
Course Provider Application


Service Updates

Customer Service Counter Hours
New Hours of Operation

Retaining Walls
Inspection + Reporting Requirements

Hazardous Formwork
Visual Observations

Limited Alteration Application (LAA)
Renewals with same BIS Number

Rigging Supervision
Tower Crane Assembly, Jumping or Disassembly

After-Hours Inspections
First Phase

Additional Exit Stairway (Effective July 1st)
Occupant Evacuation Elevator (OEE) Requirements

Electrical Advisory Board
Submission Process

Buildings Bulletins

2015-016: Establishes acceptance criteria for outdoor decorative gas appliances connected to a fixed fuel piping system.

2015-015: Establishes acceptance criteria for attendant operated automobile parking lifts.

2015-014: Establishes design and acceptance criteria of externally bonded fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) systems for structural repair and upgrade of concrete and masonry elements.

2015-013: Establishes acceptance criteria for fire resistive duct assemblies as approved alternative protection.

2015-012: Establishes acceptance criteria for corrugated polypropylene piping and fittings used for storm sewer pipe as an alternative to code prescribed polyethylene piping and fittings.

2015-011: Establishes acceptance criteria for site-specific approval of fuel gas compressors, duct burners and heat recovery steam generators used in cogeneration and Combined Heat and Power ("CHP") projects.

2015-010: Supersedes 2013-013 to clarify special inspection requirements related to raising, lifting, elevating, or moving buildings.

2015-009: Establishes acceptance criteria for recognition of fixed-height, low-profile raised floor systems.

All Buildings Bulletins

Website Updates

Retaining Walls (New)

Retaining Walls Forms

NYC Development Hub

Development Hub
Hub Self-Service
Hub Full-Service

Did You Know?

Department of Buildings' experts inspect all 141 permanent amusement rides and all temporary, inflatable and truck rides in the city!

Learn about Ride Safety

Bill de Blasio, Mayor

Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner

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