FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 07, 2017
CONTACT: dobcommunications@buildings.nyc.gov, (212) 393-2126


TUESDAY: BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT HOLDS STATEN ISLAND HOMEOWNERS’ & SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS’ NIGHT

Experts from NYC Department of Buildings Provide One-on-One Construction Guidance to Homeowners and Small Business Owners – NO APPOINTMENT REQUIRED


Staten Island, NY -- Honoring our commitment to provide superior customer service, the Department of Buildings’ Staten Island borough office is offering after-hours services and guidance to homeowners and small business owners. These sessions occur every Tuesday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at DOB’s Borough Office on the 2nd floor of Staten Island Borough Hall at 10 Richmond Terrace.

Homeowners can receive advice from DOB experts on future or ongoing construction projects, how to clear violations on their properties, and much more. In addition, we have partnered with NYC Department of Small Business Services to provide guidance for small businesses, as well, to help them save time, money, and frustration when dealing with government.

Services offered at DOB’s weekly Homeowners’ and Small Business Owners’ Night include:

  • Recommendations on steps to take when planning new construction or renovations of existing homes or buildings;
  • Advice on home and business construction plans, including the application and permitting process;
  • Direction on how to secure or amend a property’s Certificate of Occupancy;
  • Information about the status of existing DOB applications;
  • Instructions on how to resolve Department-issued violations;
  • Guidelines on what to expect during an inspection; and
  • Guidance on using the Buildings Information System (BIS) to search property history and permit information.
No advance appointment is required to receive this support.  Homeowners and small business owners are invited to simply visit the Staten Island borough office and meet with a plan examiner or other Department professional to answer questions.  Representatives from NYC Department of Small Business Services will also be available for assistance during these sessions.

Homeowners and small business owners are encouraged to take advantage of these cost-free opportunities to consult with Department professionals and address the challenges New Yorkers often face when undertaking construction projects.