Affordable Housing Projects

The Department of Buildings is committed to establishing guidelines so that all parties are aware of their responsibilities to ensure the expeditious review of Affordable Housing Projects. In cooperation with the Mayor's Office, the Department has developed a standardized procedure in our Affordable Housing Unit at the Development Hub that aides in expediting the review on applications concerning officially designated Affordable Housing Projects.

With the launch of the new Affordable Housing Unit, the Department will prioritize plan review and development inspections for Affordable Housing Projects. This group will focus on reviewing projects that will reduce inequity in New York City’s housing stock.

The Unit will provide significantly faster service, provided by staff knowledgeable and experienced with affordable housing. The team will consist of both plan examiners and inspectors who will coordinate closely with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and other agencies involved in the plan review process. Two project advocates will be tasked with facilitating internal and external interagency handoffs and coordination.

This office will enable:

  • Completion of first plan review within seven days of filing
  • Availability of subsequent plan review appointments within seven days of request
  • Development inspections (construction, electrical, and plumbing) within three days of request
  • Boiler and elevator inspections within five days of request.

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