Elevator Door Monitoring System Compliance Deadline
Effective January 1, 2020 all automatic passenger and freight elevators must be in compliance with the retroactive requirements found in Appendix K Chapter K3 Section 3.10.12 of the New York City Building Code.
Follow-up #1: New Gas Work Qualification Requirement
Effective January 1, 2020, anyone performing gas work must possess either a Department-issued Master Plumber License or a Qualification for Gas Work pursuant to Local Law 150 of 2016 and 1 RCNY §104-12.
Customer Service Night Cancelled on December 24 and December 31, 2019
In observance of the holidays, Customer Service Night (formerly known as Homeowners Night) will not take place on Tuesday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 31, 2019.
Cranes and Derricks Unit to Relocate to 2 Lafayette Street and will be Closed Wednesday, December 18
The Cranes and Derricks Unit will close at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17 at its current location at 280 Broadway, 5th Floor and will reopen on Thursday, December 19 at 2 Lafayette Street, 12th Floor.
Local Law 110 of 2019: Owners Must Post or Distribute Copies of all DOB Summonses with DOB’s Local Law 110 of 2019 Tenant Information Flyer
Effective December 5, 2019, building owners must post a copy of a DOB/OATH summons in the lobby of the building that was issued a violating condition. Owners must distribute a copy of a DOB/OATH Summons to the tenant(s) of the occupied dwelling unit and any adjacent occupied dwelling units where the violating condition occurred.
Interim Guidelines for Structural Work Type Filing in DOB NOW: Build
Structural Work Type applications (ST) – which must be submitted in the DOB NOW: Build – are limited to the following scope(s) of work: New Building structures, Alterations, Stabilization work, Sign work. All other structural alterations may be part of the drawing set filed under the associated alteration application in BIS.
Overloading and Improper Installation of Cold-Formed Steel (Light-Frame Construction) Can Result in Injury and Property Damage
Overloading and improper installation of cold-formed steel including joists, rafters, trusses, and structural wall studs, etc., can result in injury and property damage.
Updates to User Interface in DOB NOW: Inspections
Design changes will be made to DOB NOW: Inspections on November 22. Current functionality will remain the same; however the minor changes in label names and search options will make it easier for users to search, view and request inspections.
Local Law 152 of 2016: Periodic Inspection of Gas Piping Systems Required
Beginning January 1, 2020, gas piping systems in all buildings, except for buildings classified in occupancy group R-3, must be inspected by a Licensed Master Plumber (LMP), or a qualified individual working under the direct and continuing supervision of a LMP, at least once every four years according to the schedule set out in 1 RCNY §103-10.
Construction Safety Compliance and Construction Safety Enforcement Relocate to 280 Broadway
The Construction Safety Compliance (CSC) Unit has relocated to 280 Broadway, 3rd Floor and the Construction Safety Enforcement (CSE) Unit will relocate to 280 Broadway, 4th Floor on Monday, November 18.
Local Law 92 of 2019 and Local Law 94 of 2019: Green and Solar Roof Requirements for New Buildings and Complete Roof Replacements
Beginning November 15, 2019, all new buildings and alterations of existing buildings where the entire existing roof deck or roof assembly is being replaced must provide a sustainable roofing zone covering 100% of the roof.
Local Law 59 of 2019: Free Construction Project Status Updates by Email
Beginning November 15, 2019, you may sign-up to receive free email notifications on the status of construction projects filed with the Department.
Changes in Staten Island Records Management Office
Effective immediately, some folders previously stored at the Staten Island Office Record Room will now be located off-site and will require additional time for retrieval.
Installation or Use of Stand-off Brackets Attached to C-hooks on Suspended Scaffolds Prohibited
Effective September 25, 2019, it is prohibited to install or use stand-off brackets attached to cornice hooks (C-hook) to provide a suspended scaffold additional outreach from the face of a parapet or wall as stated in Buildings Bulletin 2019-006.
New Requirement: Site Safety Training Information Signs at Construction Sites
Beginning October 15, 2019, general contractors must post worker safety information signs at construction sites where site safety training is required.
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New Form: Project Advocate Request Form
Beginning September 2, 2019, all appointment requests for Project Advocate Services must be submitted through the Project Advocate Service Request Form. The PER11 form will no longer be accepted for Project Advocate services.
Follow up #2 – Local Law 28 of 2019: Temporary Assistance for Certain Accessory Signs
Respondents eligible for a 75% waiver for accessory sign permit filing fees should attach the following to their RF1- Refund Request Application.
PW1: Plan/Work Application Form Updated
Beginning September 12, 2019, the PW1 Form with the revised date of 4/18 in the lower right corner will no longer be accepted. Applicants must submit the updated PW1 Form with the revised date of 8/19.
OP49 Self-Certification of Removed, Disconnected, or Non-Existing Boilers to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
Effective September 3, 2019, all new OP49 filings must be submitted in DOB NOW: Build under Boiler Removal Notification.
Follow-up #1: Local Law 97 of 2017: Stormwater Construction Permit
Beginning August 15, 2019, applicants in the Buildings Information System (BIS) for New Buildings (NB), Demolition (DM), and Alteration Types 1 and 2 (Alt1 and Alt2) with horizontal enlargements will be required to answer two additional questions on the PW1, and may be required to submit a Stormwater Construction Permit from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Follow up #1 – Local Law 28 of 2019: Temporary Assistance for Certain Accessory Signs
From August 7, 2019, through February 9, 2020, the Department will waive 75% of the filing fees for sign permits for respondents who received a DOB sign violation. Learn more.
Boiler Equipment Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
Effective September 3, 2019, all new boiler, fuel burner and fuel storage filings must be submitted in DOB NOW: Build under the new combined Boiler Equipment (BE) work type.
Deadline for Paper Submissions Related to Limited Alteration Applications (LAA) Filed in the Buildings Information System (BIS) is September 15, 2019
As of September 16, 2019, all LAA filings must be submitted in DOB NOW: Build.
Follow-up #7: Elevator Compliance Filings
The deadline for paper re-submissions has ended. Effective July 1, 2019 ‘rejected’ Elevator Inspection/Reports (ELV3) and Affirmation of Correction (ELV29) filings for 2018 and prior year reporting cycles will no longer be accepted.
Local Law 49 of 2019: Pilot Program for Alteration of Basement and Cellar Apartments in Certain Areas of Brooklyn CD 5
Beginning July 2, 2019, the Department of Buildings will accept applications for the creation and alteration of basement and cellar apartments in the program area of East New York and Cypress Hills, Brooklyn (Community District 5 with certain exclusions).
Periodic Parking Garage Inspections
New York State recently enacted requirements for the periodic inspection of parking garages. An initial condition assessment is required prior to a certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance being issued for a new structure. Existing buildings must complete an initial condition assessment prior to October 1, 2019, October 1, 2020, or October 1, 2021, depending on the date of original construction. Following the initial condition assessment of a parking garage, such parking garage shall undergo periodic condition assessments every three years.
Local Law 26 of 2004: Owners Must Submit Final Certifications
Local Law 26 of 2004 requires owners of office buildings and those buildings classified in Occupancy Group E 100 feet or more in height in existence on October 22, 2004 to certify that the building is fully protected by an automatic sprinkler system on or before July 1, 2019 using Attachment B: Local Law 26/04 Final Sprinkler Report.
Filing Requirements for Applications Requiring Final Inspection by Registered Design Professional
Applications for most work types are required to have the final inspection performed by a Registered Architect or Professional Engineer (Registered Design Professional or ‘RDP’). For more information, see Buildings Bulletin 2018-008.
Electrical Advisory Board (EAB) Eliminated
In accordance with recent amendments to the Electrical Code rules, new procedures will be effective July 11, 2019 for reviews that were formerly conducted by the Electrical Advisory Board.
New Review Request Process for Civil Penalties (L2) in DOB NOW: Build
Effective July 1, 2019, requests for overrides, reductions, or waivers of civil penalties for Work Without a Permit Violations (L2) for DOB NOW filings created on or after July 1 must be submitted through DOB NOW: Build.
Local Law 196 Reminders and Updates
Local Law 196 of 2017 requires workers at job sites that must designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager to receive 30 hours of site safety training by December 1, 2019 and an additional 10 hours of training by September 1, 2020. Supervisors will need 62 hours of training by the December 1, 2019 deadline.
Local Law 97 of 2017: Stormwater Construction Permit
Beginning June 1, 2019, a Stormwater Construction Permit from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) must be obtained for development projects.
Gas Test and Gas Finish Self-Certifications Ending in Queens and the Bronx
Effective July 12, 2019 Gas Test and Gas Finish self-certifications will no longer be allowed for work done in the Bronx and Queens. A physical inspection witnessed by the Department of Buildings will be required. All inspections must be requested using DOB NOW: Inspections.
Change to Plan Exam Appointment Length
Beginning June 14, 2019, the length of appointments for Alteration Type 1 (Alt1) jobs scheduled through DOB Appointments will be reduced from 40 minutes to 20 minutes. The new shortened appointment time is designed to improve the efficiency of the appointment system and increase plan examiner availability. This change will not affect any appointments made prior to the June 14 date.
Mechanical Systems and Structural Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build as well as the Plumbing, Sprinkler and Standpipe Filings will be Mandated
Effective July 1, 2019, all new applications for the Mechanical Systems (MS), Structural (ST), Plumbing (PL)/Sprinkler (SP)/Standpipe (SD) work types will be mandatory to submit in DOB NOW: Build at www.nyc.gov/dobnow.
Follow-up #2: HPD CONH Pilot Program Update Prohibition on Professionally Certified Filings New HPD4 Form - (Supersedes Follow-up #1)
Beginning May 30, 2019, the Department will not accept professionally certified filings for Demolition (DM) or Alteration Types 1, 2, and 3 jobs for buildings on the HPD Pilot Program list. These applications must be filed as standard plan examination.
Local Law 195 of 2018: Fire Alarm Systems, Fire Suppression Systems, and Fire Protection Plans to be Submitted to the Fire Department ONLY
Effective June 2, 2019, Fire Alarm (FA), Fire Suppression (FP), and Fire Protection Plan (FPP) work types will no longer be filed with the Department of Buildings. Applicants must file these work types with The Fire Department (FDNY) and pay the filing fees to FDNY.
Civil Penalties to Double for Multiple Work Without a Permit Violations
Beginning May 30, 2019, any building that received a work without a permit violation on or after August 28, 2018 (the effective date of Local Law 158), will be subject to doubling of the civil penalties for a second or subsequent work without a permit violation within one year of the most recent violation.
Local Law 158 of 2017: Restriction on Professionally Certified Filings
Beginning May 30, 2019, the Department of Buildings will restrict professionally certified filings on all buildings with a work without a permit civil penalty imposed on or after August 28, 2018 (the effective date of Local Law 158). These buildings will be flagged in the Buildings Information System (BIS) Property Profile as “LL158/17 Pro Cert Restriction.” If there is an “until” date in the flag, applications for plan approval must be filed as standard plan examination.
Instructions to Remedy a Notice of Violation for Failure to File an Elevator Inspection and Test Report are Available
A current inspection and test report is required to remedy violations received for failure to file mandatory Category 1 and Category 5 periodic elevator inspection and test reports.
Local Law 196 Reminders and Updates
Local Law 196 of 2017 requires workers at job sites requiring a Site Safety Plan (which includes sites that must designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager) to receive 30 hours of site safety training by June 1, 2019 and an additional 10 hours of training by September 1, 2020. Supervisors will need 62 hours of training by the June 1, 2019 deadline. Workers seeking a Limited Site Safety Training Card may defer their 8-Hour Chapter 33 (Site Safety Manager Renewal) training until after June 1, 2019 and take 4-Hours of General Electives and 4-Hours of Specialized Electives instead. Please read details below. In addition, the Department is hosting Local Law 196 of 2017 information sessions. Register for a session.
Office Closure Notice: Administrative Enforcement Unit
On Friday, April 19, 2019, the Administrative Enforcement Unit (AEU) will be closed to the public for staff training. AEU will reopen 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 22, 2019. If you have questions, please call AEU Customer Service at (212) 393-2405.
REQUIREMENT: Property Owners and Other Responsible Parties Must Report Construction Site Incidents
To comply with Local Law 78 of 2017, the property owner, contractor, subcontractor, or person otherwise in control of a construction site must use the Injury/Fatality Incident Information Form to report details of the incident within three (3) business days to the Department of Buildings. Failure to comply with this mandate may result in a $2,500 civil penalty in accordance with § 28-202.1 and §28-103.21.1 of the Administrative Code.
AEU3321 Form Updated
Effective April 1, 2019, the Administrative Enforcement Unit (AEU) will no longer accept the AEU3321 form dated ‘11/18.’ Only the new form with the ‘3/19’ revision date will be accepted.
Electronic Registration Renewal: Class 2 Code and Zoning Representative
Beginning March 04, 2019 Class 2 Code and Zoning Representatives will be able to renew their registrations electronically.
Cranes & Derricks Forms Updated
Effective March 1, 2019 applicants filing new crane notifications (CN) must use the revised CD8, CD8-TR, and CD8-AD forms when documenting the inspections and tests performed for a Certificate of On-Site Inspection and submitting to the Cranes and Derricks Unit, pursuant to rule amendments contained in 1 RCNY 3319-01. CN filings prior to March 1, 2019 are permitted to use the current versions of the CD8 and CD6 forms, and will not be required to file the revised forms.
Updated L2 Form: Updated Form to Include Additional Waiver Request Information
Beginning March 25, 2019, the L2 Form with the revised date of 06/18 in the lower right corner will no longer be accepted. Applicants or property owners must submit the updated L2: Work Without a Permit, Requesting an Override, Reduction or Waiver of Civil Penalties form with the revised date of 02/19 when requesting an override, reduction or waiver of civil penalties for work without a permit.
Local Law 28 of 2019: Penalties and Violations for Certain Accessory Signs
As of February 9, 2019, the Department will not impose civil penalties for work without a permit violations for business storefront signs that neither exceed 150 square feet in area nor exceed 1,200 pounds in weight.
NYC Loft Board Relocates
On Thursday, February 7, 2019, the Loft Board is relocating from the 4th Floor of 280 Broadway to the 5th Floor.
2018 Benchmarking Compliance Deadline Extended
The 2018 Benchmarking compliance deadline for the 2017 calendar year has been extended. The 2017 calendar year data is now due no later than February 15, 2019.
REQUIREMENT: Use Construction Safety Compliance Forms
Effective February 11, 2019, all BEST Squad forms have been replaced with new Construction Safety Compliance (CSC) forms. In addition, applicants are required to use the CSC Appointment Request Form for: pre-demolition inspection, demolition sign-off, Site Safety Manager/Coordinator Program removal, sidewalk shed removal, and suspended scaffold pre-use inspection.
Follow-up #1: HPD Pilot Program Update - Superseded by Follow-up #2
Per Local Law 1 of 2018, applicants submitting for plan approval, Post Approval Amendments (PAA), work permits for demolition (DM) or Alteration Types 1, 2, and 3 (Alt1, Alt2, Alt3) for an address flagged as a HPD Pilot Program building will be required to submit certain documentation to the Department to obtain plan approval or a work permit for covered categories of work.
Event Recorder Required for Cranes
Effective January 1, 2019, no crane shall be issued or have renewed a certificate of operation unless the crane is equipped with an event recorder, pursuant to Local Law 79 of 2017. The event recorder must be installed to collect: the crane configuration, overload conditions, the status of limit switches, and operator overrides.
Plumbing, Fire Suppression & Electrical License Boards: Accepting Applications for Members
The Department is seeking electrical and plumbing experts to serve on the 2019 Master Plumbers & Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors License Board, the 2019 Master and Special Electrician License Board, and the Plumbing Operations Committees. The application deadline to be considered for participation is February 8, 2019.
Crane Age Limitation
Effective January 1, 2019, only cranes having an age of less than 25 years from the manufacture date may be used in New York City, pursuant to Local Law 3 of 2018.
New Construction Safety Units
The BEST Squad, Excavation/Interior Demolition and Scaffold Safety Units have been reorganized and two new units were created, the Construction Safety Enforcement Unit (CSE) and Construction Safety Compliance Unit (CSC). Both Units work to significantly increase safety compliance monitoring at construction sites throughout the City including the requirements of Local Law 196 of 2017.