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June 2017

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Boiler Compliance Filings in DOB NOW: Safety

Beginning Monday, August 14, all 2017 boiler inspection cycle compliance filings must be submitted in DOB NOW: Safety Friday, July 28, 2017 will be the last day that the Department will accept filings in-person for the 2017 boiler inspection cycle. Register in eFiling today to get access to DOB NOW. If you have any questions, please feel free to submit an inquiry to DOB NOW Online Help.

Service Update

Sign Up For Information Sessions

DOB NOW: Safety Boiler Resources

DOB NOW: Safety for Boiler Compliance FAQ

Free Deck and Retaining Wall Inspections

DOB is offering free inspections for any decks, porches or retaining walls in New York City. Part of our annual No-Penalty Deck and Retaining Wall Inspection Program, homeowners have the opportunity to schedule an appointment with a DOB inspector to ensure these structures are safe. A deck or a retaining wall that is not properly maintained could pose a danger to you and your family, and a collapse could mean costly repairs. Contact 311 today to schedule your appoinment.

Press Release

Service Update

Info Sessions For DOB NOW: Build Antennas & Curb Cuts

Beginning August 28, 2017, all antenna and curb cut job filings must be submitted through our online portal DOB NOW: Build. The portal allows users to file from the comfort of their home or office, while bringing a new level of transparency to the process. Sign up today for one of our DOB NOW: Build information sessions for antennas and curb cuts to learn more about the change.

Sign Up For Information Sessions

Antenna and Curb Cut Job Filings Launch Service Update

DOB NOW Online Help

Construction Safety Presentations Now Online

The presentations from this year’s Build Safe│Live Safe Conference are now online. With topics ranging from forensic engineering to flood protection, these presentations - given by Department experts - highlighted safe construction operations and industry trends in an array of fields.

2017 Build Safe│Live Safe Conference Presentations

Disciplinary Cases

A criminal summons was issued to a building owner in Brooklyn for violating a Stop Work Order issued by the Department. The Stop Work Order was issued for the illegal construction of a one-story extension behind the existing residential building without proper DOB permits.

$75,000 in fines was levied against a general contractor and a subcontractor for a failure to safeguard their construction site in Manhattan, and a failure to comply with a Commissioner’s Order to lower a construction crane during high winds.

DOB recently issued violations to 19 separate properties for illegal alterations done without DOB approval. The resulting civil penalties for these violations totaled over $360,000.

DOB issued multiple violations to the owner of a 6-story building in the Bronx for failure to file façade inspection reports in three successive cycles, as required by Local Law 11. DOB’s continual enforcement actions compelled the building owner to file the required façade inspection report for the building.

Additional Disciplinary Actions & Voluntary Surrenders

Industry Code of Conduct for Construction Professionals

Website Updates

Projected Service Levels

OATH/ECB Hearings & Penalties

After Hours Variances (AHV)

Affordable Housing Projects

DOB NOW In-Borough Support Kiosks Locations

Project Requirements: Withdrawals of Project Application, Applicant and Licensee

Approved Fabricators

Electrical Advisory Board Meetings, Summary, Outcomes and Calendar Numbers

Industry Notice: Site Safety Plan (SSP): Minor Revisions


Department Approved Course Providers

LIC62: Physical Examination Form

Obtain a: Special Sign Hanger License

Special Sign Hanger License Renewal

License Renewal: Master Plumber

Obtain a: NYC Welder License

License Renewal: Oil Burner Equipment Installer

Obtain a: Registered Construction Superintendent Number & Card

Registration Renewal: Concrete Safety Manager

Obtain a: Class A Hoisting Machine Operator License

Obtain a: Class B Hoisting Machine Operator License

License Renewal: Hoisting Machine Operator Class A & B

Obtain a: NYC Hoisting Machine Operator Class C1, C2, or C3

Hoisting Machine Operator Class C License Renewal

Obtain a: Master & Special Electrician License

License Renewal: Master & Special Electrician

Obtain a: Site Safety Coordinator Certification

Certification Renewal: Site Safety Coordinator

Obtain a: Site Safety Manager Certification

Certification Renewal: Site Safety Manager

Registration Renewal: Construction Superintendent

Obtain a: Class A, B or C Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor License

License Renewal: Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor

Job Postings

Sign up for Weather Alerts


Service Updates

DOB NOW: Inspections
Gas Authorization and Plumbing Sign-off Request Changes

DOB NOW: Safety
eFiling: Registration Required to submit Boiler Compliance Filings

Boiler Insurance Agency Inspectors
eFiling: New Enrollment Process

DOB NOW: Build
Antenna and Curb Cut Job Filings Launch

High Pressure Boiler Operators/Stationary Engineers
eFiling: New Enrollment Process

Filing Representatives
eFiling: Registration Changes

Registered Landscape Architects
eFiling: New Enrollment Process

License Applicants and Current Licensees
Fitness Requirements

Cranes and Derricks
New and Revised Forms

DOB NOW: Inspections
Borough Support Kiosks

Cranes and Derricks
Revised Frequent Inspection Requirements

After-Hours Variance
Application (PW5) Updated

DOB NOW: Inspections
Owner Email Updates

New Electrical Advisory Board Submission Requirement
Asbestos Abatement Compliance Required

Code Notes

Spray Booths

All Code Notes

Local Laws

Reporting on Illegal Conversions

Local Law 87 of 2017 (effective 5/30/17) amends the Administrative Code of The City of New York, in relation to reporting on illegal conversions of dwelling units for other than permanent residence purposes.

Illegal Conversions

Local Law 94 of 2017 (effective 9/27/17) amends the Administrative Code of The City of New York, in relation to illegal conversions.

Water Pollution Control

Local Law 97 of 2017 (effective date contingent upon DEP rulemaking) amends the New York City Charter, the Administrative Code of The City of New York, the New York City Plumbing Code and the New York City Building Code, in relation to water pollution control, including provisions relating to stormwater management and control of discharges into storm sewers.

Reporting on Illegal Conversions

Local Law109 of 2017 (effective 5/30/17) amends Local Law 50 of 2015, relating to the preservation of certain hotels, a moratorium and report relating to such preservation, and the expiration and repeal of such amendments, in relation to extending the effective period of the provisions of such local law and requiring a supplemental report relating to such preservation.

New York City Housing Maintenance Code

Local Law 153 of 2016 (effective 6.4.17) amends the Administrative Code of The City of New York, in relation to requiring owners to provide notice to their tenants regarding procedures that should be followed when a gas leak is suspected.

To view the New York City Housing Maintenance Code, click here.

Hearings + Rules

Amendment of Rules Implementing Energy Code

1 RCNY 5000-01 The Department of Buildings (DOB) is proposing to amend the rules implementing the New York City Energy Conservation Code to conform to proposed changes in the New York City Energy Conservation Code that are necessitated by updates to the New York State Energy Code.

Public Hearing:
07.20.17 @ 10am -
280 Broadway, 3rd Floor

All Department Rules

2014 Construction Code Updates

Update Page #26 reflects changes made by Local Law 87 of 2017 (effective 05.30.17), in relation to reporting on illegal conversions of dwelling units for other than permanent residence purposes.

Update Page #27 reflects changes made by Local Law 46 of 2017 (effective 6.19.17, in relation to criminal and civil penalties for the performance of unlicensed electrical work.

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

Buildings owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that all window air conditioner units are securely installed as detailed in the manufacturer's instructions.

Failure to secure a window air conditioner unit, or using blocks of wood, bricks or telephone books to prop up the AC unit, can result in violations from the Department.

Installing Air Conditioning Units

Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner

photos by samantha modell

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