Service Updates 2020


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2020

April

COVID-19 Response: Weekly Safety Inspection Reports and New Customer Service Office Hours
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Saturday, April 4, 2020, Weekly Safety Inspection Reports must be submitted online, and all DOB customer service locations will close at 2:00 pm for drop-offs and in-person transactions.


COVID-19 Response: Essential Construction Requests for Electrical and Limited Alteration Applications (LAA), Records Management Fee Payments and Reinstatement of BIS Jobs
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Friday, April 3, 2020, an Essential Construction questionnaire is required for new Electrical and Limited Alteration Applications (LAA). Records Management Fee payments and Reinstatement requests for BIS jobs must be submitted online.


Benchmarking Reporting: Guidance Regarding Building Characteristics
Guidance regarding building characteristics has been developed to assist with required Benchmarking Reporting for Local Laws: 84 of 2009, 133 of 2016, 33 of 2018 and 95 of 2019.


COVID-19 Response: Civil Penalty Review Requests (L2) and Post Approval Amendment (PAA) Payments
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Thursday, April 2, 2020, Civil Penalty Review Requests (L2) and Post Approval Amendment (PAA) payments must be submitted online.


March

COVID-19 Response: Suspension of all work on non-essential construction and demolition sites
As part of the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, in accordance with New York State Executive Order 202.6, Empire State Development guidance and New York City Emergency Executive Order 103, all work on non-essential construction and demolition sites is suspended for the duration of this state of emergency.


COVID-19 Response: Cranes Filings (Phase One) Launch in DOB NOW: Build Postponed Until Further Notice
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, the launch of crane filings in DOB NOW: Build scheduled for March 30, 2020, has been postponed until further notice.


COVID-19 Response: Postponement of Rule Hearings
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, the Department of Buildings (DOB) is continuing to modify its operations to limit public interactions. As such the following changes have been made for these upcoming rule hearings:


COVID-19 Response: Litigation Papers, Subpoenas, and FOIL Requests
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Friday, March 27, 2020, litigation papers, subpoenas and FOIL requests cannot be hand-delivered until further notice.


Façade Inspection and Safety Program: Cycle 9 Amnesty Program for Non-Compliant Owners – Cycle 8 Owners Only
For a limited time only and in the interest of public safety, the Department of Buildings is offering an Amnesty Program to owners who failed to file (No Report Filed or NRF) a Façade Report during Cycle 8. The Façade Inspection and Safety Program (FISP) Cycle 8 reporting period ended February 20, 2020, and this amnesty period will allow owners to administratively close Cycle 8 with the Cycle 9 Report.


COVID-19 Response: Appointments for Standard Plan Review BIS Job Filings
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, there will be no in-person plan examination appointments for standard plan review BIS job filings and all plan sets and documents must be uploaded in eFiling.


COVID-19 Response: Enforcement
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. All enforcement units will be closed for walk-in service. Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, the following changes are in effect:


COVID-19 Response: Full Demolition and Site Safety Plans
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, the following changes are in effect.


COVID-19 Response: Administrative Enforcement (AEU) and Licensing Units Updates
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are strongly encouraged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 the following changes are mandatory.


COVID-19 Response – Application Processing
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being encouraged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Wednesday, March 18, customers are strongly encouraged to make use the of following methods.


February

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.


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.


Cranes Filings (Phase One) to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
As of March 30, 2020, Crane Prototypes (CPs) and Crane Device (CDs) filings (new, amendments, and renewals) must be submitted in DOB NOW. The deadline to submit paper CP and CD applications is March 13, 2020.


2020 NYC Energy Conservation Code In Effect May 12
The 2020 New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) will go into effect on May 12, 2020, affecting all new buildings and alterations.


Interim Guidelines for Mechanical Systems Work Type Filing in DOB NOW: Build.


Follow-up #1: Local Law 59 of 2019 - Free Construction Project Status Updates Now Available by Email for DOB NOW: Build Jobs
Sign-up to receive free email notifications on the status of a construction project filed with the Department of Buildings in the Buildings Information System (BIS) and in DOB NOW: Build will begin February 19, 2020.


Refund Requests for Superseded Limited Alteration Applications (LAA)
Effective immediately, there will be no refunds issued for Superseded (LAA) filings. If the initial licensed contractor (License Master Plumber, Fire Suppression Contractor or Oil Burner Equipment Installer) is replaced on a LAA and a new licensed contractor takes responsibility for the work being performed, the filing fees paid by the initial licensed professional will remain with the application and will not be refunded.


January

Electrical Plan Review Unit Relocates to 80 Centre Street
On Monday, February 3, the Electrical Plan Review Unit (formerly the Electrical Advisory Board) is moving to the Hub located at 80 Centre Street, 3rd Floor.


Follow-up #1: Local Law 152 of 2016: Periodic Inspection of Gas Piping Systems Required
Effective 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.


Façades Unit Added to Customer Service Night
The Façades (Local Law) Unit will be open every Customer Service Night beginning on Tuesday, January 14 at 280 Broadway, 4th Floor in Manhattan.


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