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September 15, 2020


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This WEDNESDAY: Learn More About Accessory Business
Sign Regulations

Does your business use or plan to install an accessory sign in the near future? Then don't miss the Department of Buildings free webinar on Accessory Business Signs taking place this Wednesday, September 16th at 10 AM. The online presentation will focus on City regulations surrounding accessory business signage including, siting, installation, and use. Register today!

Also, if you have a small business and haven't already taken advantage of our free, no-penalty business accessory sign inspections, today is the last day to request an appointment. During the inspection, DOB's team will come out and verify that business accessory signs comply with City regulations and are safely installed. Sign up for an appointment by calling 311. For more information on sign regulations, visit our website.

Build Safe | Live Safe Digital Starts in One Week

Join us online from September 21-25, 2020 for the Department's first-ever online conference:

Build Safe | Live Safe Digital 2020:
Safety, Innovation, & Sustainability

Over five days, attendees can participate in webinars led by DOB experts on topics ranging from industry trends and safe construction operations to legal developments in sustainability, and more. We will also showcase the winning proposals of our Carbon Neutrality and Hack the Building Code Innovation Challenges. Many of these courses will also count toward AIA continuing education credits. Check out the course offerings and register today.

Only Two More Weeks Left to Complete the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is ending on September 30 and it is critical that all New Yorkers are counted. New York City stands to lose billions of dollars in federal aid every single year for schools, hospitals, health clinics, affordable housing, transportation, and more, as well as our representation in Congress and in Albany if we do not achieve a complete count.

This year, filling out the census is easier than ever. The census asks just 10 simple questions that can be answered in just a few minutes online at, or by calling 844-330-2020. The census is 100% confidential, safe, and easy. Take a few minutes to secure New York City’s future by visiting


Melanie E. La Rocca Commissioner

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