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June 2016

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Introducing DOB NOW!

DOB NOW provides robust online accounts, making it easier to submit applications, make payments, schedule appointments, check the status of an application or inspection, pull permits and make renewals. DOB NOW will be released in phases throughout 2016 and 2017 with four main components:

  • DOB NOW Inspections - is the new name for Inspection Ready. All current functionality remains the same for online scheduling, tracking, and notifications as well as enforcement and development inspections;

  • DOB NOW Build - will include job filings, permits, and Letters of Completion. The application is set to go live for plumbing and sprinkler job filings in summer 2016;

  • DOB NOW Safety - includes all compliance filings (facades, boilers, elevators) and will be available for selected job filings in the fall of 2016;

  • DOB NOW Licensing - will allow for online exam filing, issuance, and renewal for licenses. The licensing portion is set to go live in 2017.

Register with eFiling

DOB NOW Service Levels

Independent Review Provides Twenty-Three Crane Safety Recommendations

The Crane Technical Working Group, comprised of experts in engineering and government, was established by Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Chandler following the Tribeca crane collapse in February.

The Technical Working Group consulted with stakeholders across the construction industry and workforce as it crafted its recommendations. The Group's independent review, released on June 10th, examines the present state of cranes, the existing New York City regulatory and enforcement framework, national and international crane regulations, and best practices from other jurisdictions and industries. The report identifies areas of existing New York City regulation that can be strengthened to ensure that New York City continues to have the most robust crane regulations in the nation.

Please click here for a copy of the Working Group's report.

Code Notes

Code Notes cover an array of construction projects for both residential and commercial properties. Each Code Note explains the necessary filings, applicable Codes and zoning, relevant bulletins, directives and memos for some of the most applied for construction projects in New York City.

Adult Establishment (New!)

Daycare (New!)

All Code Notes

Licensing Updates

How to Become a Construction Superintendent

Construction Superintendent Registration Renewal

Construction Superintendent & Concrete Safety Manager - How to Make Changes

Construction Superintendent - Supplemental Investigation Questionnaire

Licensing Insurance Guidelines

Site Safety Coordinator Certification Guidelines

Department Approved Courses Provider List

Insurance Tracking Number

Hoisting Machine Operators

How to Become a Registered Concrete Safety Manager

General Contractor Registration - How to Make Changes

Electrical License - How to Make Changes

Website Updates

Local Law 84 Service Update

Local Law Enforcement (Facades) General Office Contact

Development Hub User Guide

PAA Fact Sheet

Business Owner's Bill of Rights

Minimum Content of Demolition Plan Submissions

ELV 29 Form

PC1 Form

PE7 Form

June Press Releases

Wind Advisory 06.28.16

Wind Advisory 06.11.16

Crane Working Group Releases Recommendations 06.10.16

Wind Advisory 06.08.16

Wind Advisory 06.04.16

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Current Job Postings

Plumbing Inspector

Construction Inspector

Hoists & Rigging Inspector

Boiler Inspector

See All Job Postings

Disciplinary Actions & Voluntary Surrenders


Service Updates

B-SCAN Job Stickers
Printing Not Permitted

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO)
Change in Payment Location

UPK Projects
New Inspection Request Process

Construction Superintendent Rule Revision
Expanded Scope of Work and Duties effective 05.30.16

Elevator Application (ELV1)
Updated form effective 06.06.16

LL 87/09 Energy Audits & Retro-commissioning
Extension requests for buildings undergoing construction

DOB NOW: Inspections
Scenarios for Boiler Inspection Work-Type Requests
Owner PW1 Email Updates

Shed and Scaffold Jobs
Proof of General Liability Insurance Required

General Liability Insurance Form (PGL1)
Updated form effective 05.16.16

Administrative Enforcement Unit (AEU)
Changes to Services & Service Level Agreements

Re-Inspections for Immediately Hazardous Violations (Class 1)

Gas Authorizations
Moved to DOB NOW:Inspections

Filing Representative
3-Year Registration Term

Q-Matic Enhancements
Central Offices

PER11 Pilot Program
Email Submission

Buildings Bulletins

Buildings Bulletins represent the official policies of the Department. Users may perform a key word search to obtain relevant bulletins.

All Buildings Bulletins

Hearings + Rules

Trade Licenses

1 RCNY 104-26 proposes to add a new Section 104-26 to Subchapter D of Chapter 100 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York, which will allow DOB licensees to deactivate their licenses while remaining active in their respective trades.

Public Hearing 07.08.16 @10am
280 Broadway, 3rd Floor Conference Room

Zoning Resolution/ Construction Codes Determination Requests+Appeals

1 RCNY 101-03 proposes to add fees for Zoning Resolution or Construction Codes Determination requests and appeals submitted to DOB.

Public Hearing 07.19.16 @10am
280 Broadway, 3rd Floor Conference Room

Solar Tax Abatements

1 RCNY 105-02 Amendment streamlines the application process for solar electric generating system tax abatements, especially regarding electrical plans and electrical and construction sign-off.

Effective 06.06.16

Construction Superintendents

1 RCNY 3301-02 promotes public safety by requiring construction superintendents to supervise construction on a greater range of jobs. This rule repeals Chapter 48 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York.

Effective 05.30.16

2014 Construction Code Updates

Update Page # 13 reflects changes made by Local Law 56 of 2016 (effective 06.09.16), amends permit filing fees for new buildings and alterations.

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

All Update Pages for the 2014 NYC Construction Codes.

Did You Know

Synopses of each unit's responsibilities including contact information is available on our website!

Bill de Blasio, Mayor

Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner

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