Past Service Updates

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2021

December

Follow-Up #5 - Local Law 152 of 2016: Licensed Master Plumbers Allowed to Certify a Building Does Not Contain Gas Piping; Procedures for Certifying a Building Is Not Supplied with Gas
Local Law 152 of 2016 has been amended by Local Law 138 of 2021. The changes include:

New Requirements for Category Testing of Elevators
Beginning January 1, 2022, category testing of elevators must comply with the following new requirements in Local Law 126 of 2021.

New Periodic Boiler Inspection Requirements
Beginning January 1, 2022, owners of boilers must comply with new annual boiler inspection requirements.

Update #19: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

Zoning for Accessibility Text Amendment
Developments and enlargements within 50 Feet of mass transit stations must obtain approval from the Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) prior to filing an application with the Department of Buildings.

Follow-up #4: Local Law 152 of 2016: Gas Piping Inspections Deadline for Community Districts 2, 5, 7, 13, and 18 in all Boroughs Extended
Exposed gas piping systems in all buildings, except one- or two-family homes, must be inspected by a Licensed Master Plumber (LMP), or a qualified individual working under the direct and continuing supervision of an LMP, at least once every four years according to the schedule set out in 1 RCNY §103-10. Local Law 137 of 2021 extends the inspection deadline for buildings in Community Districts (CD) 2, 5, 7, 13, and 18 in all boroughs to June 30, 2022.

November

Periodic Elevator Inspections Must be Performed by Approved Agency on Behalf of Owner

Beginning January 1, 2022, owners are responsible for the required periodic elevator inspections listed in Table N1 of ASME A17.1, as modified by Chapter K1 of Appendix K of the New York City Building Code. The periodic inspection must be performed by an approved elevator agency on behalf of the owner, see Article 304 of Title 28 of the NYC Administrative Code. Inspections will no longer be performed by Private Elevator Agency Directors/Inspectors on behalf of the Department of Buildings.

Customer Service Atrium Closure on December 3, 2021
The Customer Service Atrium at 280 Broadway in Manhattan will be closed Friday, December 3, 2021, for all drop-off and in-person transactions due to office renovations.

Penalties for Failure to File Sprinkler Report
Beginning January 1, 2022, owners who fail to file an acceptable report certifying sprinklers were installed in their building, as required by Local Law 26 of 2004, will be subject to the civil penalties. The filing must be submitted to the Department of Buildings at NYCDOBLL26@buildings.nyc.gov.

Update #18: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

New License Requirements for Elevator Work in New York City
Beginning January 1, 2022, elevator work in New York City may only be performed by authorized individuals, that are under the direct and continuing supervision of a licensed Elevator Agency Director. The Department will issue two new Elevator Agency Technician licenses and the Elevator Agency Helper registration to qualified individuals. DOB will begin accepting applications for these licenses and registration on December 11, 2021.

New Periodic Inspection Requirements for NYC Parking Structures
Beginning January 1, 2022, Local Law 126 of 2021 (Intro No. 2261-A) will require owners of parking structures to hire a NYS licensed and registered professional engineer to inspect the structure at least once every six years and file a report with the Department of Buildings documenting the results of the inspection.

New Process to Request Records
On Monday, November 15, a new process to request records launched in DOB NOW: BIS Options. A Record Requests in DOB NOW guide is now available.

Elevator Licenses: Extension of December 31, 2021 Expiration Date
All active Private Elevator Inspection Agency Director, Co-Director, and Inspector Licenses set to expire on December 31, 2021, will instead expire based on the month and day (mm/dd) the license was originally issued. See below schedule.

DOB-Approved Course Providers to Deliver Hybrid Online/In-Person Training for Hands-On Training Courses
In May of 2020 DOB announced the shift to online training by DOB-approved Course Providers, with the exception of courses that included hands-on training. For courses that include hands-on training, DOB-approved course providers can now deliver the hands-on portion of the training in person and the remaining portion through either a live Virtual Classroom or live Webinar – adhering to DOB’s Actively Proctored Online Training Policy and the applicable accreditation standards of each course provider.

Temporary Records Room Closure and New Process to Request Records
The Records Room in all borough offices will continue to be closed from Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 12, 2021. On Monday, November 15, a new process to request records will launch in DOB NOW: BIS Options.

New Process for Submitting Documents in eFiling
The eFiling system was updated on October 25, 2021 so that uploaded documents and forms will now have a status of either Received or Pending.

Update #17: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

October

New Customer Service Office Hours and Temporary Records Room Closure
Beginning Monday, November 1, 2021 all DOB customer service locations, except the Licensing Unit, will close at 12:00 pm for drop-offs and in-person transactions. In addition, the Records Room in all borough offices will be closed from Monday, November 1 through Friday November 5, 2021.

New Energy Review Process to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
On November 8, 2021, a new integrated energy review process will be added to DOB NOW: Build, in accordance with the New York City Energy Conversation Code (NYCECC).

Update #16: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

New Fees for NYC Energy Conservation Code Compliance Reviews
Beginning November 8, 2021, the Department of Buildings will charge review fees for NYC Energy Conservation Code compliance, per Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York Section 101-03. These review fees will be charged for jobs filed in DOB NOW: Build as either Professional Certification or Standard Plan Examination.

Local Law 87 of 2009: Energy Efficiency Report Must be Filed by a Registered Design Professional
Beginning January 1, 2022, an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) must be submitted to the Department of Buildings by a registered design professional. Registered energy auditors and retro-commissioning agents who are not registered design professionals may continue to submit an EER to DOB until their registrations expire or until December 31, 2021, whichever is earlier. Registrations will not be renewed once expired.

Certificate of No Harassment (CONH) Not Required for Minimum Work to Rescind a Vacate Order
Beginning October 16, 2021, applications for buildings with any of the below designations in the Property Profile will not require submission of a Certificate of No Harassment (CONH) to the Department of Buildings if the work to be performed is the minimum necessary to lift an active vacate order issued by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) or DOB, per Section 10-02 of Title 28 of the Rules of the City of New York. These applications must be filed as Standard Plan Examination in DOB NOW.

NEW Requirement for Limited Alteration Application Supersede and Withdrawal Requests
As of Friday, October 15, 2021, all requests to supersede or withdraw a DOB NOW Limited Alteration Application (LAA) filing must be submitted in DOB NOW: Build.

Manhattan Borough Office Operations Relocating to First Floor, Customer Service Atrium
Beginning Friday, October 8, 2021, the Manhattan Borough Director’s Office and select services will be located on the first floor, Customer Service Atrium at 280 Broadway and will no longer be available on the 3rd Floor.

Façade Compliance Filings: Supporting Documents Now Viewable in the DOB NOW Public Portal
Beginning October 8, 2021, all supporting documents submitted with an accepted façade compliance filing in DOB NOW: Safety can be viewed by the public in the DOB NOW Public Portal. Supporting documents include photographs, plot plans, the TR6 Report, and the FISP1 and FISP2 forms.

Update #15: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

September

Construction Code and Zoning Resolution Determinations Now Available in DOB’s Building on My Block Portal
Beginning September 23, 2021, customers may search for Construction Code Determination (CCD1) or Zoning Resolution Determination (ZRD1) documents for applications in the Building Information System (BIS) using the Department’s Building on My Block portal.

Building Owners Required to Post Building Energy Efficiency Rating Label – Local Law 33 of 2018 as amended by Local Law 95 of 2019
No later than October 31, 2021, owners of buildings over 25,000 square feet – or multiple buildings on a lot that total 100,000 square feet or more – that appear on the NYC Benchmarking Covered Building List for Compliance in 2021 must post the Building Energy Efficiency Rating Label that includes the building’s 2020 energy efficiency grade in a conspicuous location near each public entrance to their buildings.

License Renewal Requirements: Hoisting Machine Operator Class B Endorsements
Hoisting Machine Operators Class B are required to renew their HMO ratings at the same time they renew their license and requalify those ratings during the prior existing term of their license according to 1 RCNY §104-09.

Update #14: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

Fees and Permit Restrictions Waived for Work Due to Damage Caused by Remnants of Hurricane Ida
Beginning Tuesday, September 14, 2021, the Department of Buildings will not require applicants to pay any fees for filings and permits for work due to damage caused by remnants of Hurricane Ida per Mayoral Emergency Executive Order No. 235. Permit restrictions will also be waived on these properties.

New Bi-weekly Online Q&A Sessions and Monthly Industry Meetings
Beginning in September, the Department of Buildings will expand our customer service meetings to include additional opportunities to work directly with us in moving projects forward.

Customer Service Windows Open with Limited Service on September 3, 2021
Due to continued travel delays as a result of Wednesday’s storm, all DOB Customer Service Windows will be open on Friday, September 3, 2021 but with limited service. Customers are encouraged to use online services.

Customer Service Windows Closed on September 2, 2021
Due to the travel advisory in effect in New York City, all DOB Customer Service Windows will be closed on Thursday, September 2, 2021. Drop-off services will also be closed.

New Homeowner Relief Program for Eligible Owners of One-and Two-family Homes
Beginning August 30, 2021, the Department of Buildings will issue a Request for Corrective Action, rather than an OATH summons, for most violating conditions at one- and two- family homes where the owner is eligible to participate in the Homeowner Relief Program (HRP). Owners who receive a Request for Corrective Action will not receive an OATH summons if they correct the violating conditions within 60 days.

August

Update #13: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

Owner Information Removed from Public View in the Building Information System and DOB NOW Public Portal
As of May 20, 2021, the Department of Buildings has removed the owner’s information from public view in the Buildings Information System (BIS) and the DOB NOW Public Portal. The change was made to prevent potential misuse of information.

Update #12: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

Online Submission of New License Applications
Beginning, Tuesday, September 7, 2021, applications for new Department of Buildings issued licenses/registrations are required to be submitted online at www.nyc.gov/dobnow.

Re-inspection Fee Change
Effective August 13, 2021, the fee for each re-inspection made necessary by an owner’s failure to correct violating conditions or respond to a request to correct such conditions that results in the issuance of a violation has increased from $85 to $225.

New Required Document in DOB NOW: Build – Property Ownership Certification (Local Law 160 of 2017)
Beginning August 16, 2021, for jobs created on or after August 16, 2021, applications for New Building and Alteration-CO in DOB NOW: Build will require a Property Ownership Certification Form to proceed with a permit request.

Redesigned Website
Beginning Tuesday, August 10, 2021, a redesigned Department of Buildings website is available at www.nyc.gov/buildings. DOB’s online resources have been streamlined to make it easier to learn about new Department programs, navigate City regulations, and quickly find information.

July

Update #11: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

Facade Violation Search Portal, Civil Penalty Payments and Waiver Requests to Launch in DOB NOW: Safety on July 12, 2021
A new Façade Violations portal is launching in DOB NOW: Safety on Monday, July 12, 2021, for submitting civil penalty payments or requests to waive civil penalties for Cycles 6 and later that result from a Failure to File or Late Filing of TR6/FISP Reports, FISP Failure to Correct SWARMP Conditions, and FISP Failure to Correct Unsafe Conditions. The portal includes only civil penalties related to DOB violations payable to DOB and not OATH/ECB summonses paid to OATH. The last day to submit payments or waiver requests in person, by email, or mail is Thursday, July 8, 2021.

June

POSTPONED: New Required Document in DOB NOW: Build – Property Ownership Certification (Local Law 160 of 2017)
In August 2021, to proceed with a permit request in DOB NOW: Build, applications for New Building and Alteration-CO, except jobs on government-owned properties, will require a Property Ownership Certification Form.

Update #10: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

Update #9: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

Follow Up #2: Building Owners Required to Post Building Energy Efficiency Rating Label - Local Law 33 of 2018 as amended by Local Law 95 of 2019
Violations for failure to post the Energy Efficiency Rating Label required by Local Law 33 of 2018 must be paid or challenged in DOB NOW: Safety.

Update #8: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

Update #7: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

May

New Required Document For All Permits in DOB NOW: Build – Property Ownership Certification (Local Law 160 of 2017
Beginning June 30, 2021, all applications, except Limited Alteration Applications (LAA), electrical, and elevator jobs, require a Property Ownership Certification form to proceed with a permit request in DOB NOW: Build.

Update #6: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

Sidewalk Shed Removal and Earthwork Notifications
Effective Monday, May 24, 2021, submit all sidewalk shed removal and earthwork notifications in DOB NOW: Build. The DOB Customer Service Contact Center will no longer accept these notifications by phone.

Update #5: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

Follow Up #1: Local Law 154 of 2017: Owner Notification of Start of Work in DOB NOW
Beginning May 17, 2021, for applications filed in DOB NOW, the owner must notify the Department of Buildings in DOB NOW: Build at least 72 hours before starting work requiring a Tenant Protection Plan (TPP).

Local Law 114 of 2019 to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
Beginning May 17, 2021, applications in DOB NOW: Build will be subject to the same requirements currently in DOB’s Buildings Information System (BIS) for Local Law 114 of 2019 (Denial of Permits for False Statements and Work Without a Permit).

Local Law 104 of 2019 to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
Beginning May 17, 2021, applications in DOB NOW: Build will be subject to the same requirements currently in DOB's Buildings Information System (BIS) for Local Law 104 of 2019 (Denial of Permits for Multiple Dwellings with Excessive Open Violations).

Local Law 1 of 2018 and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
Beginning May 17, 2021, applications in DOB NOW: Build will be subject to the same requirements currently in DOB’s Buildings Information System (BIS) for Local Law 1 of 2018 and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH).

DOB NOW: Build Updates – BIS Schedule of Occupancy and Certificate of Occupancy
Effective May 17, 2021, DOB NOW: Build will be updated with a Correction feature for BIS Schedule of Occupancy requests and expanded capability for entering job reference numbers. Certificate of Occupancy requests will be fee exempt when applicable.

Temporary Place of Assembly Filings Resume
Beginning Monday, May 17, Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) filings will resume submission in DOB NOW: Build. Issuance of a TPA by the Department of Buildings is not an approval of the event pursuant to New York State: NY Forward Guidelines, and responsibility for conformance with such guidelines remains entirely with the applicant/organizer.

Update #4: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

April

Update #3: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

BIS Crane Notice Document Submission and Payments in DOB NOW: Build
Beginning May 3, 2021, applicants must submit in DOB NOW: Build all documents and payments for Cranes Notices (CN) still active in BIS (CNs initially filed prior to July 7, 2020).

Follow Up #1: Building Owners Required to Post Building Energy Efficiency Rating Label - Local Law 33 of 2018 as amended by Local Law 95 of 2019
Beginning April 29, 2021, the Department of Buildings will issue violations to owners of buildings over 25,000 square feet – or multiple buildings on a lot that total 100,000 square feet or more – that appear on the NYC Benchmarking Covered Buildings List who fail to post an Energy Efficiency Rating Label as required by Local Law 33 of 2018. Per 1 RCNY 103-06 (l)(2), an owner who fails to post the label within 30 days after October 1 will be subject to a civil penalty of $1,250.

Benchmarking Compliance Deadline Extended to June 1, 2021
Property owners who were required to submit their CY2020 benchmarking information by May 1, 2021, are required to submit a fully compliant report by June 1, 2021.

Additional Training for BIS Schedule of Occupancy in DOB NOW: Build
DOB will be conducting additional online training sessions in April and May to provide guidance on how to enter Schedules of Occupancy for BIS jobs in DOB NOW: Build.

Update #2: Occupancy Submissions
Department of Buildings staff are working to address the high volume of occupancy submissions that have been received since the expansion of DOB NOW: Build on March 1, 2021. A Service Notice will be posted weekly to provide current service levels.

Large New Building and Alteration-CO Jobs Reviewed by the Development HUB
As of March 1, 2021, large New Building (NB) and Alteration-CO (Alt-CO) jobs are being assigned to and reviewed by the Development HUB.

Follow-up #4 – Local Law 152 of 2016: Gas Piping Inspections Deadline for Community Districts 2, 5, 7, 13 and 18
By December 31, 2021, owners of buildings, except one- or two-family homes, located in Community Districts 2, 5, 7, 13 and 18 in all boroughs must submit to the Department of Buildings a signed and sealed GPS2: Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification through the online portal at www.nyc.gov/DOBgaspipecert

Local Law 97/2019: Building Emissions Adjustments Applications
Beginning April 12, 2021, the Department of Buildings will accept applications for adjustments to a building’s annual emissions limits for calendar years 2024-2029 and for not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare facilities. Applications for adjustments must be submitted in DOB NOW: Safety.

March

Follow-Up #3 – Local Law 28 of 2019 and Local Law 29 of 2021: Extension of Enforcement Moratorium and Temporary Assistance Program for Certain Business Signs
Local Law 29 of 2021 extends the moratorium on the issuance of certain accessory sign violations, and the temporary assistance program for certain accessory signs to January 1, 2023.

Occupancy Submissions Update
Schedule of Occupancy and Certificate of Occupancy requests submitted in DOB NOW: Build by March 24, 2021 will receive a first-time review on or before March 31, 2021. In addition, a 90-day extension has been granted for Temporary Certificates of Occupancy (TCO) if steps have been taken to renew the TCO in DOB NOW prior to the expiration date of the TCO.

eFiling Authentication Forms and Limited Alteration Applications (LAA) Customer Service
As of Monday, March 22, 2021, all eFiling Authentication Forms are required to be submitted via the DOB Help Form at www.nyc.gov/dobhelp. Also use the help form to submit audit questions, civil penalty review requests, supersede/withdrawal requests and other general inquiries specific to Limited Alteration Applications.

Remote Video Inspections Pilot Program
The Department of Buildings is piloting Remote Video Inspections (RVI) for certain inspection types from March 19 – April 30, 2021 using digital video technology. This voluntary program covers Construction Final Inspections in Staten Island and Rescission of Stop Work Orders issued for Construction Work Without Permit in Brooklyn, replacing the in-person inspections.

Follow-Up #1 – Local Law 160 of 2017: Covered Arrears
Beginning March 1, 2021, as required by Local Law 160 of 2017, the Department will deny New Building and Alteration-CO permits in DOB NOW if $25,000 or more in covered arrears is owed to New York City with respect to the property for which the permit is being sought, or the owners of the property together owe $25,000 or more in covered arrears to the City.

DOB NOW: Build Structural and Foundation Work Type Guidelines
The recent expansions of DOB NOW: Build allow for all structural and foundation work to be filed under the structural or foundation work types. Interim Guidelines for Structural Work Type Filing are rescinded.

Minor Plan Changes Require a Post Approval Amendment
Beginning Monday, March 15, 2021, all minor plan changes for jobs after approval will require submission as a Post Approval Amendment.

Local Law 104 of 2019: Denial of Permits for Multiple Dwellings with Excessive Open Violations
Beginning March 4, 2021, the Department will deny applications for initial work permits in the Buildings Information System (BIS) for multiple dwellings with the following ratios of open hazardous or immediately hazardous Housing Maintenance Code violations and/or open immediately hazardous or major Construction Code violations to dwelling units.

February

Local Law 196 of 2017: Site Safety Training Deadline
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 40 hours of Site Safety Training by March 1, 2021.

General Construction (Phase Two) and Occupancy to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
The next major expansion of DOB NOW: Build will occur on March 1, 2021.

Training for DOB NOW: Build Upcoming Expansion: General Construction (Phase Two) and Occupancy
In preparation for a major expansion and upgrade of DOB NOW: Build that will occur in late February 2021, DOB will be conducting online training.

Customer Service Windows Closed on February 2, 2021
Due to the inclement weather, all DOB Customer Service Windows are closed on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Drop-off services will also be closed.

Customer Service Windows Closing at 12:00 pm Monday, February 1, 2021
Due to the inclement weather, all DOB Customer Service Windows will close at 12:00 pm on Monday, February 1, 2021. Drop-off services will also be closed.

January

Request for Corner/Angle Scaffold Inspection
Requests for an inspection of Corner/Angle Scaffolds must be submitted using the Corner/Angle Scaffold Inspection Request Form. Prior to requesting a Corner/Angle Scaffold inspection, please ensure you are prepared by satisfying the inspection requirements.

Façade: Failure to Correct Safe With a Repair and Maintenance Program (SWARMP) Civil Penalty
Effective February 21, 2020, a Failure to Correct SWARMP civil penalty applies for Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) eligible buildings that are classified as unsafe because the owner failed to correct conditions noted in the previous FISP report filing cycle, as per 1 RCNY §103-04.

DOB NOW: Safety Filing Extensions
As a result of the DOB NOW: Safety intermittent system outage between December 28, 2020 to January 5, 2021, eligible boiler, elevator and façade compliance filings submitted by January 15, 2021 will be granted refunds for late fees or penalties.

2020

December

Follow-up #3: Local Law 152 of 2016: Gas Piping Inspections Deadline for Community Districts 1, 3 and 10 in all Boroughs Extended
Exposed gas piping systems in all buildings, except one- or two-family homes, 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. A new bill approved by the City Council on December 17, 2020, and expected to become law on January 18, 2021,extends the inspection deadline for buildings in Community Districts (CD) 1, 3, and 10 in all boroughs from December 31, 2020, to June 30, 2021.

Local Law 191 of 2018: Deadline for Installation of Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Commercial Spaces Extended
Local Law 191 of 2018 requires buildings that are equipped with a fire alarm system and contain Occupancy Group A-1, A-2, A-3, Group B or Group M to install carbon monoxide detectors by January 1, 2021. A new bill approved by the City Council on December 17, 2020, and expected to become law on January 18, 2021, extends the deadline for compliance to July 1, 2021.

General Construction (Phase One) and Other Work Types to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
A major expansion and upgrade of DOB NOW: Build will be occurring in multiple phases. Phase 1 is launching on December 28, 2020.

November

New Tenant Protection Plan Requirements and Updated TPP1 and PW2 Forms
Beginning November 10, 2020, as required by Local Law 106 of 2019: The registered design professional (RDP) who prepares the tenant protection plan (TPP) must be retained by the general contractor; and the permit holder must sign a statement certifying that the TPP submitted by the RDP coordinates with the scope of work intended.

Local Law 15 of 2020: Bird Friendly Building Design
Effective January 10, 2021, new buildings and alterations that replace all exterior glazing of a building must comply with bird friendly design construction requirements.

Training for DOB NOW: Build Upcoming Expansion
In preparation for a major expansion and upgrade of DOB NOW: Build that will occur later this year, DOB will be conducting online training.

October

New Requirement: Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) Worksheet
Beginning Monday, November 9, 2020, applicants requesting an initial Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) or TCO Renewal with Changes must use the new Certification of Occupancy Worksheet. The worksheet must be completed for review by the Borough Commissioner’s Office.

Manual Appointment Requests: Updated PER11 Appointment Request Form
Beginning November 2, 2020, applicants seeking to schedule a manual or specialized appointment with a Plan Examiner or Borough Commissioner’s office must complete the new PER11 Appointment Request form (Rev. 10/20) and email it to the appropriate email address indicated on the form.

Follow-up #2: Local Law 152 of 2016: Periodic Inspection of Gas Piping Systems Required
By December 31, 2020, owners of buildings, except one- or two-family homes, located in Community Districts 1, 3 and 10 in all boroughs must submit to the Department of Buildings a signed and sealed GPS2: Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification through the online portal at www.nyc.gov/DOBgaspipecert.

Increase in DOB Civil Penalties for Failing to File an Acceptable Certificate of Correction for an Immediately Hazardous Class 1 Summons (AEUHAZ)
Effective October 3, 2020, Section 102-05 of the Rules of the City of New York has been amended to change the penalty structure for buildings other than one- and two-family dwellings that fail to file an acceptable certificate of correction for an Immediately Hazardous Class 1 summons.

Immediately Hazardous and Benchmarking Violation Civil Penalty Payments Required to be Paid Online
Effective November 2, 2020, Immediately Hazardous (AEUHAZ) and Benchmarking Violation Civil Penalty payments cannot be mailed in or paid in-person and must be submitted in eFiling.

COVID-19 Response: Rigging, Scaffold and Concrete Safety Refresher Training Card and Certificates Require Renewal by November 9, 2020
All refresher training program requirements for site safety training cards or certificates required by Sections 3314.4.5 or 3316.9.2 of the New York City Building Code and Section 104-06 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York that were suspended by Mayoral Emergency Executive Order No. 120, are now suspended through November 9, 2020, per Mayoral Emergency Executive Order No. 149.

September

Appointments for Disapproved BIS Jobs and PAAs
Beginning October 15, 2020, disapproved BIS jobs, resubmissions and Post Approval Amendments (PAAs) reviewed by Department of Buildings plan examiners may not require an appointment.

Façade Amnesty Program Extended to October 31, 2020
The current amnesty period for the Façade Inspection and Safety Program (FISP) is now extended to October 31, 2020. The amnesty program is only open to non-compliant Cycle 8 owners and will not be extended further.

Building Owners Required to Post Building Energy Efficiency Rating Label – Local Law 33 of 2018 as amended by Local Law 95 of 2019
No later than October 31, 2020, and October 31 of each year after 2020, owners of buildings over 25,000 square feet – or multiple buildings on a lot that total 100,000 square feet or more – that appear on the NYC Benchmarking Covered Building List must post a Building Energy Efficiency Rating Label in a conspicuous location near each public entrance to their buildings.

August

Local Law 196 of 2017: Safety Training Deadline Extended
Local Law 196 of 2017 mandates that construction and demolition workers at job sites required to designate a Site Safety Professional must receive 40 hours of safety training. The NYC Council passed a bill to extend the full compliance date to complete the required training from September 1, 2020 to March 1, 2021.

License Renewal Applications Must be Submitted Online and are Subject to New Expiration Dates as a Result of the Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order
Department of Buildings license/registration renewal applications are required to be submitted online at www.nyc.gov/dobnow within 30 to 60 days from their expiration dates. Renewal applications will not be accepted in-person or by mail.

Customer Service Windows Closing at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, August 4, 2020
In preparation for Tropical Storm Isaias, all DOB Customer Service Windows will close at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Drop-off services will also be closed.

July

Local Law 114 of 2019: Denial of Permits for False Statements and Work Without a Permit
Beginning August 5, 2020, DOB will deny initial work permits for multiple dwellings where the Department has issued a summons for submitting a false statement on a Plan/Work Application (PW1) regarding the occupancy status of the building (Section 26 of the PW1), or performing Work Without a Permit while the building was occupied. The one-year permit restriction will apply if the summons was issued on or after December 5, 2019 – the effective date of Local Law 114 of 2019. The restriction will remain in effect for one-year from the issuance of the summons. However, the permit restriction can be removed before the one-year timeframe if the summons is dismissed by OATH.

HUB Full-Service and Self-Service Update
Beginning Thursday, July 30, 2020, HUB Full-Service and HUB Self-Service jobs in eFiling will be Administratively Closed if the Applicant of Record has not paid for the initial filing within 90 days of it being assigned a job number.

Property Owners and Other Responsible Parties are Required to Report Construction Site Incidents
To comply with Local Law 78 of 2017, property owners, contractors, subcontractors, or person(s) otherwise in control of a construction site must report details of an incident to the Department of Buildings within three (3) business days using the Injury/Fatality Incident Information Form. 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.

COVID-19 Response: Benchmarking Guidance for August 1, 2020 Deadline
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, property owners who were not able to submit their CY2019 benchmarking information by May 1, 2020 are required to submit a fully compliant report by August 1, 2020.

COVID-19 Response Update: Litigation Papers, Subpoenas and FOIL Requests
As the City reopens, the Department of Buildings (DOB) continues to make safety a priority. In response to the Coronavirus, DOB has limited the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices by developing online processes for in-person transactions. Litigation papers, subpoenas and FOIL requests cannot be hand-delivered and must be submitted online until further notice.

COVID-19 Response: License and Permit Expiration Dates
Licenses and permits are no longer subject to automatic extensions.

Boiler Violation Search Portal, Payments and Waiver Requests to Launch in DOB NOW: Safety on July 22, 2020
On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, a new Boiler Violations Portal will launch in DOB NOW: Safety. The portal will allow the public to search for boiler violations at a property and any amount due for these violations. It will be mandatory to submit in DOB NOW: Safety all payments for Failure to File an annual inspection report for low- and high-pressure boilers and requests to waive civil penalties resulting from these violations.

Fee Amendments to Facade Report Filings
Façade inspection report fees will increase beginning July 15, 2020. Amendments.

COVID-19 Stop Work Orders Rescission Portal
Beginning July 8, 2020, construction sites that do not follow COVID-19 safety guidance by failing to have a Safety Plan and/or affirmation posted conspicuously and available for inspection or failing to have at least one hand washing or hand sanitizing facility will be issued a Stop Work Order (SWO). A portal will be available in DOB NOW: Safety to submit SWO Rescind Requests.

June

REMINDER: Inspect Elevator Controller Mechanical and Electrical Components Specific to the Braking System
Licensed Elevator Agencies are reminded that they are required to inspect the main braking systems, and emergency braking systems, including all electrical and mechanical components used in brake operation, on all automatic passenger and freight elevators during scheduled maintenance in accordance with Appendix K1, Section 8.6.4.6.1, of the 2014 New York City Building Code.

DOB NOW: Build Updates – Structural
Effective June 29, 2020, DOB NOW: Build will be updated with a number of changes specific to the Structural (ST) work type.

DOB NOW: Build Updates – Elevator
Effective June 29, 2020, DOB NOW: Build will be updated with a number of changes specific to the Elevator (VT) work type.

DOB NOW: Build Updates – After Hours Variance
Effective June 29, 2020, Licensees and Registered Contractors can submit a single After Hours Variance (AHV) request in DOB NOW: Build for multiple permits including both DOB NOW and BIS permits.

COVID-19 Response – Application Processing - Updated
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.

Benchmarking Compliance Reporting Template Relocates from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability Site to DOB’s Site
The Benchmarking Compliance Reporting Template is now available on the Department’s website under Benchmarking on the Compliance Instructions page. The reporting template must be used to complete the mandatory benchmarking process for Local Laws: 84 of 2009, 133 of 2016, 33 of 2018 and 95 of 2019.

Cranes Filings (Phase Two) to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
Beginning Tuesday, July 7, 2020, all new Crane Notice (CN), Tower Crane Foundation and On-Site Waiver filings must be submitted in DOB NOW, as well as all associated After-Hour Variance (AHV) requests and notifications for arrival, departure, assembly and disassembly. Paper forms will no longer be accepted for new CNs, and fees will no longer be waived for CD amendments.

DOB NOW: Build Updates – LAA
Effective June 15, 2020, DOB NOW: Build will be updated with a number of changes specific to the Limited Alteration Application (LAA) work type.

DOB NOW: Build Updates
On June 15, 2020, DOB NOW: Build will be updated with a number of changes.

Elevator Violation Search Portal, Payments and Waiver Requests to Launch in DOB NOW: Safety on June 17, 2020
On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, a new Elevator Violations portal will be launched in DOB NOW: Safety. It will allow the public to search for elevator violations at a property and any amount due for these violations. Payments for ‘Failure to File’ or ‘Failure to File an Affirmation of Correction’ for Category 1 and Category 5 elevator violations and all requests to waive civil penalties resulting from these violations must be made in DOB NOW: Safety.

COVID-19 Response: Local Law 87/09 Energy Efficiency Report Submission Extension
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, owners of covered buildings who are not able to submit the required Energy Efficiency Report (EER) by the December 31, 2020 deadline, due to COVID-19 complications, may file for a six-month extension.

May

COVID-19 Response: Expansion of Online Training DOB-Approved Course Providers Can Deliver
Effective immediately, DOB-approved Course Providers can deliver training courses in an online setting, exclusive of courses that include hands-on training. All online training must be delivered live through either a Virtual Classroom or Webinar format and must adhere to DOB’s Actively Proctored Online Training Policy and each course provider’s accreditation standards, as applicable.

Mandatory Submission of all Alt-2 and Alt-3 BIS Job Applications in eFiling, Requests Allowed in DOB NOW: Inspections, and Intake of Initial Permit Applications for Non-Essential Construction
Beginning Monday, June 1, 2020, all Alteration Type 2 and Alteration Type 3 BIS job applications must be submitted in eFiling. In addition, requests for inspections will be allowed in DOB NOW: Inspections. DOB NOW: Build will also allow for submission of initial permits. Beginning, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, eSubmit will allow for submission of initial permits for BIS job applications.

Mandatory Submission of all BIS Job Applications in eFiling to launch June 8, 2020
Beginning Monday, June 8, 2020, all BIS job applications must be submitted in eFiling, except the project/work types or additional considerations listed below. In addition, it will be required to electronically submit initial permits and withdrawal applications in eFiling. Online web-based training sessions will be held beginning May 29, 2020 to guide users through the new procedures.

Tenant Protection Plan: Revised TPP1 Form
Beginning June 22, 2020, both the applicant and the property owner will be required to sign the paper TPP1 form submitted in the Buildings Information System (BIS).

Follow-up #1: Tenant Protection Plan Notice to Occupants
Beginning June 22, 2020, owners must distribute and post the required Tenant Protection Plan (TPP) Notice to Occupants when the Department of Buildings issues a work permit. The updated notice reflects the changes made by Local Law 106 of 2019.

Upcoming Façade Amnesty Program to Begin July 1
The Department’s Façade Inspection and Safety Program (FISP) is offering an amnesty period to begin July 1, 2020. The program will run for three months and may be extended at the Department’s discretion. The amnesty program is only open to non-compliant Cycle 8 owners.

COVID-19 Response: Postponement of Rule Hearings (Updated)
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, the Department previously postponed public hearings to limit public interactions. The proposed rule hearings have been rescheduled and will now be conducted remotely via WebEx. View the proposed rules and WebEx meeting information.

2020 NYC Energy Conservation Code in Effect
The 2020 New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) is in effect May 12, 2020, affecting all new buildings and alterations. All jobs filed on or after May 12, 2020 must comply with the 2020 NYCECC. For prior projects and Incomplete Filings, see Service Notice from February 2020.

COVID-19 Response: Certificate of Authorization, License and Permit Renewal Extension
All licenses/registrations and permits issued by the Department of Buildings and expiring from the beginning of the declaration of the state of emergency through the period of the emergency declaration are extended in accordance with Mayoral Emergency Executive Order. Currently, this period has been extended to June 7, 2020. Approved sites need to post a new Certificate of Authorization with the expiration date of June 7, 2020.

Requirement: License Renewal Applications to be submitted online as of Friday, May 8, 2020
Applications to renew a license/registration issued by the Department of Buildings are required to be submitted online at www.nyc.gov/dobnow. Renewal applications will not be accepted in-person or by mail as of Friday, May 8, 2020.

COVID-19 Response: Place of Assembly Applications Resume
As of Wednesday, May 6, 2020, applications for Place of Assembly and Place of Assembly Certificates of Operation can be submitted and will be reviewed in DOB NOW: Build. Temporary Place of Assembly applications remain suspended for the duration of the state of emergency.

COVID-19 Response: Online License Renewal Applications
Beginning Monday, May 4, 2020, applications to renew a license/registration issued by the Department of Buildings can be submitted online at www.nyc.gov/dobnow. Renewal applications will not be accepted in-person or by mail as of Friday, May 8, 2020.

April

COVID-19 Response: Certificate of Occupancy, Letter of Completion, and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Folder Review Requests (PW7) Required to be Submitted in eFiling; Hub Self-Service Reopened for Submission of PW1 Plan/Work Applications
Beginning Monday, April 27, 2020, Certificate of Occupancy, Letter of Completion and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Folder Review Requests (PW7) cannot be submitted in-person to a borough office and are required to be submitted in eFiling. Hub Self-Service will now accept submissions of PW1 Plan/Work Applications. In addition, eFiling has been updated for Development Hub Jobs to categorize PW1 Plan/Work Application submissions as initial or subsequent filings.

Crane Filings Launch in DOB NOW: Build, Updated Essential Construction Questionnaire for Electrical and Limited Alteration Applications and Certificates of Correction Mail Submission Deadline
Crane filings (phase one) will launch in DOB NOW: Build on Monday, April 27, 2020. The Essential Construction Questionnaire in the permit application for Electrical and Limited Alteration Applications has been updated to include the revised guidelines in the DOB Guidance Document. The deadline to submit Certificate of Correction requests by mail is May 1, 2020.

COVID-19 Response: Permit Renewal Extension
All permits issued by the Department of Buildings and expiring from the beginning of the declaration of the state of emergency through the period of the emergency declaration are extended in accordance with Mayoral Emergency Executive Order No. 107. Currently, this period runs March 12, 2020 through at least May 9, 2020.

COVID-19 Response: Benchmarking Guidance for May 1, 2020 Deadline and Issuance and Payment of Department of Buildings Violations for Non-Compliance
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, building owners who are not able to submit their CY2019 benchmarking information by May 1, 2020 will not be issued a violation for non-compliance if they submit a fully compliant report by August 1, 2020. In addition, payments for benchmarking violations are required to be submitted in eFiling.

COVID-19 Response: Enhancements to Post Approval Amendment and Correction Submissions in eFiling and Essential Construction Requests Update for Electrical and Limited Alteration Applications Permits and Demolition Filings
The process for submitting Post Approval Amendment applications and correction requests in eFiling has been enhanced. In addition, the Essential Construction requests portal at www.nyc.gov/dobnow has been updated to allow for submission of Electrical and Limited Alteration Application (LAA) permits that were submitted prior to April 3, 2020 and Demolition filings. Certificates of Authorization have been extended for the duration of the state of emergency.

COVID-19 Response: License Renewal Extension and Essential Construction Requests Update
All licenses/registrations issued by the Department of Buildings and expiring from the beginning of the declaration of the state of emergency through the period of the emergency declaration are extended in accordance with Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order No. 107. Currently, this period runs March 12, 2020 through May 9, 2020. In addition, the Essential Active Construction Sites map has been updated and approved sites need to post a new Certificate of Authorization with the expiration date of May 15, 2020.

COVID-19 Response: Post Approval Amendments and Immediately Hazardous Violation Civil Penalty 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 16, 2020, Post Approval Amendments for BIS jobs and Immediately Hazardous Violation Civil Penalty payments must be submitted in eFiling.

COVID-19 Response: Suspension of all work on non-essential construction and demolition sites - Updated
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: Certificates of Correction and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Renewal 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 Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Certificate of Correction documents and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) payments must be submitted online.

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: 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: 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.

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.

2019

December

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.

November

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.

October

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.

September

No service notice.

August

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.

July

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.

June

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.

May

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.

April

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.

March

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.

February

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.

January

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.

2018

December

Follow-up #6: Elevator Compliance Filings Service Notice (Category 5 Inspection/Test Reports)
New functionality in DOB NOW: Safety to allow for the filing of Category 5 Inspection/Test Reports if it has been more than six years since the last filing. These Category 5 Inspection/Test Report filings are required to be submitted in DOB NOW: Safety at www.nyc.gov/dobnow by March 31, 2019.

Local Law 160 of 2017: Covered Arrears
Based on Local Law 160 of 2017, the Department of Buildings will seek to revoke active permits for buildings whose owners owe more than $25,000 in covered arrears* to the City.

BIS Update: Occupied/Rent-Regulated Buildings and PW1 Owner’s Statements
Beginning December 15, 2018, applications in the Buildings Information System (BIS) will be stopped if data obtained from NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) indicates the building contains at least one rent-regulated unit and the owner checks ‘No’ in response to either statement in Section 26 of the PW1.

November

Follow-up #5: Elevator Compliance Filings Service Notice
New option in DOB NOW: Safety to allow for Elevator Inspection/Test Reports (ELV3) to be filed without a Witnessing Agency.

Follow-up #4: Elevator Compliance Filings Service Notice
To facilitate the transition to DOB NOW, elevator inspection reports, elevator test reports, and Affirmations of Correction filings submitted in DOB NOW: Safety between November 12, 2018 to March 31, 2019 will not be charged late fees.

Local Law 196 of 2017: New Form Created to Certify Correction for Summonses Issued for Failing to Comply with Site Safety Training Requirements
Effective November 13, 2018, the new AEU3321 form must be used to certify the correction of summonses issued for failing to comply with safety training requirements mandated by the New York City Building Code (BC) Section 3321.1 and/or Section 3321.2

Follow-up #3: Elevator Compliance Filings Service Notice
The deadline for resubmissions is extended to June 30, 2019 for 'rejected' Elevator Inspection/Test Reports (ELV3) and Affirmation of Correction (ELV29) filings for 2017 and prior year reporting cycles.

Place of Assembly and Temporary Place of Assembly to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
Effective December 10, 2018, all new Place of Assembly (PA) and Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) applications must be submitted in DOB NOW: Build at www.nyc.gov/dobnow.

Local Law 196 of 2017: Updated Training Deadlines and Clarification of Training Required for Competent Persons
Local Law 196 of 2017 requires certain workers and supervisors to receive safety training at construction sites that are required to designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager.

October

Filing Requirements for Applications Requiring Final Inspection by Registered Design Professional
Applications filed on or after August 9, 2018 for most work types are required to have the final inspection performed by a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect (Registered Design Professional or ‘RDP’). For more information, see Buildings Bulletin 2018-008.

New Web Addresses for Development HUB, License Renewals and Electrical Firm Account Payments
Effective Monday, November 5, 2018 at 10:00 am, the Department’s web page links to the payment portals for the for Development HUB, License Renewals and Electrical Firm Account Payments will be changed to the new addresses listed.

Credit Card Convenience Fee Change:
Credit card convenience fees will be changed from 2.49% to 2.00%. The credit card convenience service fees are assessed on the total payment amount due for online or in-person transactions.

Journeyman Registrations, Gas Work Qualifications, and Welder Licenses to Launch in DOB NOW: Licensing
Effective November 13, 2018, all new applications, renewals, and reissuances must be submitted in DOB NOW: Licensing for the following: Journeyman Registrations (Plumber & Fire Suppression), Gas Work Qualifications (Full & Limited), and Welder Licenses.

September

UPDATE: Limited Alteration Application (LAA) Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
Effective October 15, 2018, all new Limited Alteration Applications (LAA1) and Emergency Work Notifications (EWN) must be submitted in DOB NOW: Build.

Additional Elevator Application Filings now available in DOB NOW: Build
DOB NOW: Build has been updated to accept new elevator filings.

New Gas Work Qualification Requirement
Effective January 1, 2020, the Department will require anyone performing gas work to possess either a Department-issued Master Plumber License or a Qualification for Gas Work, pursuant to Local Law 150 of 2016.

Follow up #2 to Service Notice on Elevator Compliance Filings
To accommodate owners and industry members in transitioning to DOB NOW, the Department will continue to allow paper filings in certain circumstances.

New Requirement: HPD Pilot Program Mandates Owners to Submit Required Documents to DOB
Pursuant to Local Law 1 of 2018, effective September 28, 2018, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will develop a list of buildings identified as at risk for tenant harassment for a new pilot program. Owners of buildings on the HPD Pilot Program List will be required to submit a Certificate of No Harassment (CONH) or other HPD documentation to DOB in order to obtain plan approval or a work permit for covered categories of work.

August

Limited Alteration Application (LAA) Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
Effective October 15, 2018, all new Limited Alteration Applications (LAA1) and Emergency Work Notifications (EWN) must be submitted in DOB NOW: Build. LAA filings submitted in DOB NOW will be permitted in real time.

New Online System for Plan Examination Appointments
The Department will launch a new online self-service appointment system on October 1, 2018. The new website will replace the current process of calling 311 to make appointments through the Plan Examination Notification System (PENS).

Follow Up to Service Notice on Elevator Compliance Filings
Additional information regarding the Elevator Compliance Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Safety Service Notice that paper elevator compliance filings will not be accepted after August 31, and effective September 17 must be submitted online.

AEU, Central Cashier, Central Filing and Billing, Central Inspections, LAA and Licensing Units Relocate
Beginning Monday, September 10, 2018, six central units are moving from the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors of 280 Broadway.

July

Elevator Compliance Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Safety
Effective September 17, 2018, all new inspection/test reports and notifications for elevators and other related devices must be submitted online through DOB NOW: Safety.

Updated Filing Requirements: Changes to Elevator Door Monitoring System
Effective May 20, 2018, elevator door monitoring work performed per Section 3.10.12 of Chapter K3 of Appendix K of the New York City Building Code.

Change in Safety Registration
Effective Immediately original applicants for Safety Registrations will need to submit the LIC7 application to srgc7@buildings.nyc.gov for review.

Electrical Enforcement Inspections Unit Relocates
Effective Monday, August 6, 2018 the Electrical Enforcement Inspections Unit is moving to One Centre Street, 23rd Floor, Room 2342.

Local Law 196 of 2017 Course Requirements and Additional Course Provider Requirements
The Department released a list of course topics in May 2018 detailing the required training curriculum for supervisors and workers, including a list of topics that could satisfy the training requirements. Course requirements for each topic are now available on the Department’s website. All courses must comply with the requirements.

New Ticket Kiosks at Two Manhattan Office Locations
Units in two Manhattan Department locations will begin using a self-service ticket issuing system. The self-service ticket issuing kiosks are expected to launch in late July 2018.

New Requirement: Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Required Documents
Beginning August 1, 2018, applicants will be required to submit the following documents prior to the issuance of a permit and prior to sign-off for a new building (NB) or major Alteration Type 1 (Alt1) for a location flagged as Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH).

Construction Superintendent and Concrete Safety Manager Registration Qualification Requirements and Form Updates
Effective April 26, 2018 the requirements to obtain a Concrete Safety Manager Registration have changed. The Concrete Safety Manager and Construction Superintendent applicants must both use the LIC2 form for original and renewal submissions. Please note, after July 9, 2018 the LIC3 form will no longer be accepted.

June

Gas Test and Gas Finish Self-Certifications Ending in Brooklyn and Staten Island
Effective August 1, 2018 Gas Test and Gas Finish self-certifications will no longer be allowed for work done in Brooklyn and Staten Island. A physical inspection witnessed by the Department of Buildings will be required. All inspections must be requested using DOB NOW: Inspections.

Sprinkler Compliance Reports - Local Law 26 of 2004
Deadline for 14 year sprinkler compliance reports in office buildings over 100 feet tall is July 1, 2018, as per Local Law 26 of 2004.

Diaper Changing Accommodations
Effective July 8, 2018, in accordance with Local Law 34 of 2018, male and female occupants in new and altered assembly Group A and mercantile Group M occupancies must have access to at least one safe, sanitary and convenient diaper changing station, deck, table or other similar amenity on each floor level containing public toilet rooms.

Tenant Protection Plan Notice to Occupants
Local Law 154 of 2017 requires owners to post or distribute a notice regarding the tenant protection plan (TPP) when the Department of Buildings issues the work permit.

L2 Form Updated – Work Without a Permit: Requesting an Override, Reduction or Waiver of Civil Penalties
Beginning July 20, 2018, the Department’s L2 Form with the revised date of 08/17 in the lower right corner will no longer be accepted. Applicants or property owners must submit the updated L2 Form with the revised date of 06/18 when requesting an override, reduction or waiver of civil penalties for work without a permit.

May

New Requirements for PW2 Work Permit Application
Beginning June 18, 2018, all applicants for work permits will be required to state on the PW2 the following items.

Energy Code Inspections
Effective May 2018, there is a new process in to resolve Energy Code Violations and Notices of Deficiency (NODs).

Filing Requirements: Changes to Elevator Door Monitoring System
Effective May 20, 2018, elevator door monitoring work performed per Section 3.10.12 of chapter K3 of Appendix K of the New York City Building Code.

Civil Penalties Increased for Violation of a Stop Work Order (SWO)
Beginning June 18, 2018, the Department will increase the civil penalties for a violation of a Stop Work Order per Local Law 157 of 2017.

Changes to Assessment of Civil Penalties for Work Without a Permit (WWP)
Beginning June 18, 2018, the Department will increase the civil penalties for work without a permit per Local Law 156 of 2017.

New Audit Template for LL87/09 Energy Audits and Retro - Commissioning Reporting Requirement
Effective immediately, the NYC Department of Buildings will be utilizing the U.S. Department of Energy’s Asset Score Audit Template (Audit Template) as the Energy Audit Data Collection Tool for LL87/09 energy audit reporting requirements.

Local Law 196 of 2017: Site Safety Training (SST) Curriculum
Local Law 196 of 2017 requires certain workers and supervisors to receive safety training at construction sites that are required to designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager. Training will be provided by private course providers approved by the Department. The deadlines below indicate an effective date that will be extended to the later date if the Department determines there is insufficient capacity to provide training.

Requirement: Injuries and Fatalities Must be Reported to Department Within Three Business Days
Local Law 78 of 2017 requires the property owner, contractor, subcontractor, or person otherwise in control of a construction site to report specific information about any site incident that resulted in a fatality or injury to a construction worker or member of the public to the Department of Buildings within three (3) business days.

April

2018 Benchmarking Compliance Deadline Extended
2018 Benchmarking compliance for the 2017 calendar year has been extended. The 2017 calendar year data is now due no later than December 31, 2018.

Reminder: Local Law 196 of 2017: Construction Safety Training
Local Law 196 of 2017 requires workers and supervisors at certain construction sites receive safety training.

Construction Superintendents: Limit of Ten Jobs
Effective April 30, 2018, the Department will not issue or renew a permit if the designated Construction Superintendent is already designated on ten (10) or more active permits.

March

Local Law 196 of 2017: Construction Safety Training
Local Law 196 of 2017 requires that workers and supervisors at certain construction sites receive safety training.

New Requirement for Alteration Type 1 Jobs – Total Building Square Footage
On March 5, 2018, the Department of Buildings implemented New Application Fees for New Buildings and Alteration Filings. The number of stories, the total building square footage, project cost and the building type are required to calculate the new fees for New Building (NB) and Alteration Type 1 applications, including amendments and corrections.

DOB NOW: Build Requirement for Building Plan Submissions
Effective April 9, 2018, all building plans submitted in DOB NOW: Build will be required to include the DOB NOW job number, with the extension that indicates initial (I1), amendment (P1) or subsequent (S1) etc., on the lower right hand side of each drawing sheet.

February

NEW Permit Fees for New Buildings and Alteration Filings
Effective March 5, 2018, new permit fees specified in Local Law 56 of 2016 will be programmed in the Department systems.

Master and Special Electrician Original and Renewal License Applicants Subject to OATH/ECB Civil Penalties Review
In compliance with Local Law 47 of 2016, a Master or Special Electrician license will not be issued or renewed if the applicant owes penalties imposed by the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings/Environmental Control Board (OATH/ECB), as well as other fines or penalties payable to the City of New York (City).

Change to DOB NOW Payment Screens
Beginning on February 12, 2018, the third-party payment provider for DOB NOW: Build and DOB NOW: Safety is changing as mandated by the New York City Department of Finance.

Local Law 196 of 2017: Construction Safety Training
Local Law 196 of 2017 requires workers and supervisors at certain construction sites receive safety training. The safety training requirements will be phased-in in three parts beginning on March 1, 2018, with full training being required no later than September 1, 2020.

January

Local Law 188 of 2017: Real Time Enforcement for Occupied Multiple Dwellings
Beginning January 28, 2018, Owners of occupied multiple dwellings are required to complete an online notification form to notify the Department in writing at least 72 hours before beginning work.

Amendments to Electrical Job Filings (ED16A)
Amendments to ED16As filed before December 4, 2017 will be processed through eFiling for a 90-day period ending on April 1, 2018.

New York City Electrical Code Revision Committee Accepting Applications for Members
The Department is seeking applicants to serve on the 2018 Electrical Code Revision Committee. To be considered for committee membership, a completed application must be signed and submitted, including all required documentation, to the Department by February 9, 2018.

Local Law 133/16: Benchmarking Compliance for Mid-size Buildings
Local Law 133/16 requires owners of applicable, mixed-use and residential buildings to submit energy and water consumption data to the City annually.

Plumbing, Fire Suppression and Electrical License Boards: Accepting Applications for Members
The Department is seeking electrical and plumbing experts to serve on the 2018 Master Plumbers & Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors License Board and the 2018 Master and Special Electrician License Board. The application deadline to be considered for participation is February 16, 2018.

Review Fees for Construction Codes Determinations and Zoning Resolution Determinations
Effective January 28, 2018, Construction Codes Determination (CCD1) requests and Zoning Resolution Determination (ZRD1) requests submitted to the Department for review are subject to the following fees per §28-112.2 of the NYC Administrative Code, and the Rules of the Department 1RCNY 101-03.

Requirement: Plumbing NB/Alt-1 Certificate of Occupancy and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Sign-off Submission in DOB NOW: Inspections
Beginning January 16, 2018, paper requests for plumbing sign-off for NB/Alt1 Certificate of Occupancy (CO) and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) will not be accepted in the borough offices. Requests must be submitted through DOB NOW: Inspections.

New Requirement: Place of Assembly Inspection Requests for Emergency Lighting Documents to be Uploaded in DOB NOW: Inspections
Beginning January 16, 2018, the Electrician’s Emergency Lighting Letter and the Emergency Lighting (TR1) must be uploaded in DOB NOW: Inspections to request a Place of Assembly inspection.

Requirement: Electrical NB/Alt-1 Certificate of Occupancy Sign-off Submission in DOB NOW: Inspections
Beginning January 16, 2018, paper requests for electrical sign-off for Electrical NB/Alt-1 Certificate of Occupancy (CO) will not be accepted in the borough offices. Users associated with a job record (owners, licensed professionals and delegates) must submit requests in DOB NOW: Inspections.

Civil Penalties Increased for Work Without a Permit
Recent legislation, on December 28, 2017, has increased the civil penalties for Work Without a Permit violations.

Civil Penalties Increased for Violation of a Stop Work Order (SWO)
Recent legislation, on December 28, 2017, has increased the civil penalties for Stop Work Order violations.

Construction Safety Training: Information Sessions for Local Law 196 of 2017
The Department will host periodic information sessions to provide guidance of Local Law 196 of 2017 requirements. Local Law 196 of 2017 will require workers at various types of construction sites receive site safety training. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.

DOB NOW: Build Information Sessions for Electrical Job Filings
The Department will host information sessions in January to demonstrate the DOB NOW: Build online system which launched December 4, 2017 for Electrical filings. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.

2017

December

Local Law 154 of 2017: Updates to Tenant Protection Plans
Beginning December 28, 2017, the following amendments to Section 28-104.8.4 of the Administrative Code, in relation to Tenant Protection Plans (TPP), are in effect.

2018 Cranes & Derricks Holiday Weekend Inspection Schedule

Elevator New Installation and Alteration Fees
Effective December 11, 2017, all new Elevator application filings must be submitted through DOB NOW: Build at www.nyc.gov/DOBNOW and fees will be calculated based on Local Law 56 of 2016.

Local Law 149 of 2017: Professionally Certified Filings Prohibited for Buildings where Owners have been Found Guilty of Tenant Harassment
Effective December 28, 2017, the Department of Buildings will prohibit any professionally certified filings for buildings where there has been a finding of harassment by a court of competent jurisdiction.

Local Law 159 of 2017: Safe Construction Bill of Rights
Pursuant to the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Section 104-24, Registered Filing RepresEffective December 28, 2017, Owners of multiple dwellings are required to provide a Safe Construction Bill of Rights for the following types of construction.

Authorized Activity and Responsibilities for Registered Filing Representatives
Pursuant to the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Section 104-24, Registered Filing Representatives may perform certain activities and submit filings based on their registration class.

Electronic Insurance Certificate Submission
Effective January 2, 2018, license and registration holders must submit their business insurance certificates electronically. Insurance updates for General Contractors, Safety Registrations, and Tracking number insurance updates will no longer be processed at the Licensing counter.

Appointments Required for Original Applicant for General Contractor
Beginning January 2, 2018, Original Applicants for General Contractor Registrations will need to make an appointment for Background Investigation document submissions.

November

REQUIREMENTS: Elevator Permit Asbestos
A Certified Asbestos Investigator (CAI) is required to submit a NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) ACP5 Form prior to the issuance of an elevator permit.

Department to Review Non-Paid Civil Penalties Imposed by OATH/ECB of Safety Registrant Recipients and Applicants
In compliance with Local Law 47 of 2016, the NYC Department of Buildings will not issue or renew a permit issued to a Safety Registration applicant or recipient with outstanding fines or penalties to the City of New York imposed by the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings/Environmental Control Board (OATH/ECB).

DOB NOW: Build Webinar Sessions for Electrical Filings
To supplement the in-person information sessions for DOB NOW: Build Electrical Filings, launching December 4, 2017, the Department is offering webinars during November and December to help users navigate the self-service online tool. The webinar will also be made available for playback from the Department’s website.

DOB NOW: Build Webinar Sessions for Elevator Filings
To supplement the in-person information sessions for DOB NOW: Build Elevator Filings, launching December 11, 2017, the Department is offering webinars in December to help users navigate the self-service online tool. The webinar will also be made available for playback from the Department’s website.

October

NEW REQUIREMENT: Site Safety Plans Mandatory on All Work Scopes Requiring a Registered Construction Superintendent
Effective November 6, 2017, all jobs requiring a Registered Construction Superintendent (CS) will also require a Site Safety Plan (SSP), as per Local Law 81 of 2017. Currently, only Major Buildings require a Site Safety Plan.

Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
Current Reference Standard for Elevator and Escalator Safety as Applied Under the 2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code.

Sidewalk Shed, Supported Scaffold, Fence, and Sign Job Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build on October 16, 2017
NEW MANDATE effective October 16, 2017: All new Sidewalk Shed, Supported Scaffold, Fence, and Sign job filings must be submitted through DOB NOW: Build at www.nyc.gov/DOBNOW.

September

Electrical Job Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build on December 4, 2017
Effective December 4, 2017, all new Electrical Permit Applications (ED16A) job filings must be submitted through DOB NOW: Build at www.nyc.gov/DOBNOW. All new ED16A filings submitted to the Electrical Unit at 280 Broadway, 1 Centre or through eFiling will be rejected.

Elevator Job Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build on December 11, 2017
Effective December 11, 2017, all new Elevator Application filings must be submitted through DOB NOW: Build at www.nyc.gov/DOBNOW. All new ELV1: Elevator Application filings submitted directly to the Elevator Unit’s customer service window will be rejected.

eFiling: New Enrollment Process for Elevator Directors, Co-Directors, and Inspectors
The Elevator Directors, Co-Directors, and Inspectors designation has been added to eFiling as a new license type and will be required to register with their license number and business name. To sign up for eFiling as an Elevator Director, Co-Director or Inspector, go to www.nyc.gov/dobefiling.

DOB NOW: Build Information Sessions for Electrical Job Filings
DOB NOW: Build will launch December 4, 2017 for Electrical job filings. It will be mandatory to submit electrical filings in DOB NOW: Build. The Department will host information sessions throughout November to demonstrate DOB NOW: Build for Electrical job filings. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.

DOB NOW: Build Information Sessions for Elevator Job Filings
DOB NOW: Build will launch on December 11, 2017 for elevator job filings and it will be mandatory to submit elevator filings in DOB NOW: Build. The Department will host information sessions throughout the months of November and December to demonstrate DOB NOW: Build for Elevator job filings. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.

Department’s Gas Piping Work Civil Penalty Amnesty Program Ending
The Gas Piping Work Civil Penalty Amnesty Program established by Local Law 158 of 2016 will end Oct 5, 2017. The program was designed to encourage the repair and resolution of any gas piping work completed without a permit from April 5, 2017 to October 5, 2017.

DOB NOW: Safety Webinar Sessions for Boiler Compliance Filings
Boiler Compliance Filing webinars are being offered for the Department’s new DOB NOW: Safety online system that launched August 14, 2017. The webinar will also be made available for playback on the Department’s website.

Development Inspections Units Relocate
Effective Monday, September 11, 2017 the Plumbing, Electrical and Construction Development Inspection Units will no longer be located at 280 Broadway. The new location address is One Centre Street, 23rd Floor, Room 2342, New York, NY 10007.

REGISTRATION: Information Session for Administrative Enforcement Unit (AEU) Certificate of Correction Process
The Department will host information sessions to demonstrate the updated Certificate of Correction process for customers who hold a Department-issued identification card ONLY. The sessions will be held on September 19, 2017. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.

August

Work Without a Permit: Requesting an Override, Reduction or Waiver of Civil Penalties
Beginning September 12, 2017, the Department’s L2 Form with the revised date of 03/12 in the lower right corner will no longer be accepted. Applicants or property owners must submit the updated L2 Form with the revised date of 08/17 when requesting an override, reduction or waiver of civil penalties for Work Without a Permit.

Local Law 87/09: Process to Comply for New Buildings and Buildings Undergoing Alterations
Local Law 87/09 requires owners of applicable, mixed-use and residential buildings to submit an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) once every ten years. Owners must submit their EER in the calendar year coinciding with the last digit of the building’s tax block number.

Changes to Administrative Enforcement Unit Available Services and Service Level Agreements
Effective immediately, the following services and service level agreement changes will take place in the Administrative Enforcement Unit (AEU).

Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Phone System Expands: Building Enforcement Safety Team Added
The Department has expanded its IVR phone system to include the Building Enforcement Safety Team (BEST). IVR enhances the consistency and efficiency of the Department’s Citywide units located in Manhattan by enabling the identification and routing of calls.

July

DPL-1 Form in DOB NOW: Inspections
Licensed Professionals are now required to use the DPL-1 form for all DOB NOW: Inspections transactions needing the upload of a seal.

DOB NOW: Build Webinar Sessions for Sidewalk Shed, Supported Scaffold, Sign, and Fence Job Filings
DOB NOW: Build for Sidewalk Shed, Supported Scaffolding, Sign, and Fence job filings will launch October 16, 2017. In-person information sessions will be held during September and October. To supplement these sessions, the Department is offering webinars in October. Register for a webinar today.

DOB NOW: Safety Webinar Information Sessions for Boiler Compliance Filings
DOB NOW: Safety launches Boiler Compliance filings August 14, 2017. In-person information sessions will be held in August and to supplement these sessions, the Department is offering webinars. Register for a webinar today.

DOB NOW: Build Webinar Sessions for Antenna and Curb Cut Job Filings
Antenna and Curb Cut job filings will launch in the DOB NOW: Build online system August 28, 2017. The Department will host in-person information sessions and will supplement the offerings with webinars the week of the launch. Register for a webinar today.

Elevator Construction Code Determinations
Effective August 1 2017, Elevator Determinations will follow the same process as regular borough determinations. As such, the Department has updated the CCD1 form and created a dedicated email address for elevator Construction Code determinations and variances.

Department Launching NEW Borough Intake Form and Electronic Denial Notification Process
The Department is implementing a Borough Intake Form for customers to a use when submitting manual applications to the Borough Office. This new form will improve tracking of submitted requests and allow the Department to send denial notifications electronically, instead of making customers visit the office to retrieve paperwork.

Sidewalk Shed, Supported Scaffold, Fence, and Sign Job Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build on October 16, 2017
Effective October 16, 2017. Learn more.

Information Sessions for DOB NOW: Build for Sidewalk Shed, Supported Scaffold, Fence and Sign Job Filings
The Department will host information sessions throughout the months of September and October to demonstrate the new DOB NOW: Build online system launching October 16, 2017 for Sidewalk Shed, Supported Scaffolding, Fence and Sign job filings. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.

June

Gas Authorization and Plumbing Sign-off Request Changes in DOB NOW: Inspections
Beginning June 30, 2017, anyone associated with a record where a Gas Authorization or Plumbing Sign-off Request was submitted and rejected by the Department, will now be able to view the rejection reason(s) in DOB NOW: Inspections when using the workflow to resubmit the request.

eFiling Registration Required to Submit Boiler Compliance Filings in DOB NOW: Safety
Effective August 14, 2017, all 2017 Boiler Inspection Cycle compliance filings must be submitted in DOB NOW: Safety. eFiling registration is required to submit Boiler Compliance Filings in DOB NOW: Safety.

eFiling: New Enrollment Process for Boiler Insurance Agency Inspectors
Boiler Insurance Agency Inspectors have been added to eFiling as a new license/tradesperson type. To sign up for eFiling as a Boiler Insurance Agency Inspector, you will be required to enter your New York State Boiler Inspection Certificate Number and select your Company Name.

Antenna and Curb Cut Job Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build on August 28, 2017
Effective August 28, 2017, all new Antenna and Curb Cut job filings must be submitted through DOB NOW: Build.

eFiling: New Enrollment Process for High Pressure Boiler Operators/Stationary Engineers
High Pressure Boiler Operators/Stationary Engineers have been added to eFiling as a new license/tradesperson type. To sign up for eFiling as a High Pressure Boiler Operator/Stationary Engineer, you will be required to enter your license number and Company Name.

eFiling: Registration Changes for Filing Representatives
Filing Representatives have been added to eFiling as a new license/tradesperson type. To sign up for eFiling as a Filing Representative, you will be required to enter your Department-issued Identification Number and provide your Company Name.

eFiling: New Enrollment Process for Registered Landscape Architects
The Department has added the Registered Landscape Architect license type to eFiling. All Registered Landscape Architects creating new eFiling accounts must submit their Authentication/Enrollment Form for eFiling enrollment to the Limited Alteration Application (LAA)/Permit Renewal and Hub Authentication Unit in-person or by mail.

Boiler Compliance Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Safety
Boiler Compliance Filings will launch August 14, 2017 in DOB NOW: Safety. Please note the following critical dates.

DOB NOW: Build Information Sessions for Antenna and Curb Cut Job Filings
DOB NOW: Build will launch on August 28, 2017 for Antenna and Curb Cut job filings. The Department will host information sessions throughout the months of August and September to demonstrate DOB NOW: Build for Antenna and Curb Cut job filings. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.

Fitness Requirements for License Applicants and Current Licensees
Effective July 10, 2017 original applicants for licensure, as well as license renewal applicants, will be required to submit the LIC62: Physical Examination Form. Pursuant to Title 1 RCNY §104-01 (f), proof of fitness is required to perform the work authorized by the relevant license.

May

Upcoming Special Programs: 2017 No-Penalty Retaining Wall, Deck and Porch Program to Begin
The Department’s annual No-Penalty Programs for retaining walls, decks and porches will begin June 28 and end July 29, 2017. The No-Penalty Programs were designed to assist homeowners with maintaining their structures in a safe and Code-compliant manner.

NEW and Revised Cranes and Derricks Forms
Pursuant to rule amendments contained in 1 RCNY 3319-01 and other requirements, effective May 24, 2017, applicants must use the following revised forms when submitting applications and notifications to the Cranes and Derricks Unit. Only the updated forms that specify a revision date of May 2017 in the bottom right corner will be accepted.

DOB NOW: Inspections Borough Support Kiosks
Registered users of DOB NOW: Inspections can now bring a USB drive to any Borough Office and upload files to the system for inspection requests, certification of objections, and self-certifications.

Revised Frequent Inspection Requirements for Cranes and Derricks
Recent Amendments to 1 RCNY §3319-01 have revised the frequent inspection requirements for Cranes and Derricks.

After-Hours Variance Application (PW5) Updated
The statement and signatures section on the After-Hours Variance (AHV) application has been revised. The updated form will be in use effective immediately.

Information Sessions for DOB NOW: Safety Boiler Compliance Filings
The Department will host information sessions throughout the months of June, July, and August to demonstrate DOB NOW: Safety for boiler compliance filings launching August 14, 2017. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.

Updates to DOB NOW: Inspections Owner Email
To make inspection requests, delegate others, and view results, the email address used to register for your DOB NOW: Inspections account must match the email address listed in Section 26 of the Plan Work Application (PW1) or Section 6 of the Place of Assembly Application (PA1). If you are an owner and you need to correct the email address you provided, the applicant (PE/RA) is not required to sign and seal the form. Sections 1, 2, 4, 24 and 26 on the PW1 form must be completed for a Post Approval Amendment (PAA). The normal PAA processing fee of $100.00 will apply to any changes to the PW1.

April

No service notice.

March

NEW Electrical Advisory Board Submission Requirement: Asbestos Abatement Compliance Required
Effective May 1, 2017, all submittals for Electrical Advisory Board (EAB) review and approval (1,000 KVA or greater) must include one of the following, dependent upon the presence of asbestos containing material (ACM) at the project.

Cash Payment Restrictions
Effective April 10, 2017, the New York City Department of Buildings will limit cash payments to a maximum of $50.00 per transaction. Additionally, the Department will not accept cash payments for civil penalties or returned checks (A.K.A. ‘No Good Checks’).

eRenewal Requirement Updates
The Department has updated the requirements for eRenewal. These updates impact eRenewals of permits where the Construction Superintendent (CS), Site Safety Coordinator (SSC), or the Site Safety Manager (SSM) have changed or where their licenses are inactive or expired.

Development HUB Consultation Request Form Updated
Effective March 2017, an updated electronic Consultation Request Form, issued by the Development HUB will be released. The updated form will improve the project eligibility review process and collect additional data to better serve the public.

LAA Filings: Fire Stopping Requirements
With the new change, in all instances where the fire stopping has been restored, the License Master Plumber or Licensed Master Fire Suppression Contractor must upload into DOB NOW: Inspections a signed and sealed statement on company letterhead with the following information at the time of request for LAA sign-off.

New York City Construction Codes Revision Committee: Accepting Applications for Members
The Department is seeking applicants to serve on the 2017 Construction Codes Revision & Development Committee. To be considered for committee membership, a completed application must be submitted, including all required documentation, to the Department by March 30, 2017.

February

Information Sessions for Limited Alteration Application (LAA) Updates and Changes
The Department will host information sessions on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 and Friday, March 31, 2017 to demonstrate the new updates and changes to the LAA filing process. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.

Continued Enforcement of Active Job Designations for Registered Construction Superintendents
In compliance with the NYC Department of Buildings’ regulations, Registered Construction Superintendents (CS) cannot be designated on more than 10 active jobs. The Department will audit filings to enforce this mandate and in the future, the Department will be adding a hard stop, automatically preventing filings from proceeding if CS is on more than 10 active jobs.

Interactive Voice Response Phone System to Launch: Enhances Consistency and Efficiency
The Department is launching an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone system to provide excellent customer service by routing callers to the appropriate unit and providing information as quickly as possible.

January

Temporary Heat in Buildings Under Construction
To provide temporary heat for buildings under construction during the heat season – October 1 through April 30 – Plumbing Contractors may install salamanders by either connecting to cooking gas risers, temporary risers or by using the boiler in the building. As required, all Temporary Heat applications must be completed with a Department inspection or self-certification.

New Electronic Joint Venture Submission Process for Licensed Master Plumbers and Licensed Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors
As of January 3, 2017 the Department has implemented a new email submission process for Licensed Master Plumbers (LMP) and Licensed Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors (LFSC) filing for Joint Venture approval.

Refunds for Permit Fees for One, Two, or Three Family New Buildings and Alteration Applications
Effective January 17, 2017, in accordance with Local Law 56 of 2016, the Department will make several fee changes that affect one, two, or three family dwellings and as a result Applicants/Owners may be eligible for refunds.

Fee Equity – Local Law 56 of 2016 FAQ
Fee Equity – Local Law 56 of 2016 FAQ.

BEST, Excavations, and Scaffolding Units Relocate
BEST, Excavations, and Scaffolding Units are moving to Lafayette Street, 12th Floor, New York, New York 10007.

Permit Fees for One-, Two-, or Three-Family New Buildings and Alteration Applications
Effective January 17, 2017, new fee changes specified in Local Law 56 of 2016 that affect one-, two-, or three-family dwellings.

2016

December

PER12 Manual Appointment Requests Convert to a Email Submission Process
Beginning January 9, 2017, a new email submission process for the PER12 Manual Appointment Requests will launch. The Department’s Special Enforcement Program (SEP) Audit and Inspections Unit will no longer accept fax and drop-off submissions. PER12 forms will be accepted by email ONLY. This change will improve efficiency.

LAA Emergency Work Notification Process for Utility Company Gas Restoration
As of November 22, 2016, all Licensees filing for an Emergency Work Notification (EWN) for gas restoration from the utility company must send the EWN request to the LAA unit at DOBEWN@buildings.nyc.gov in order to receive an immediate receipt. This process should ONLY be used for notifications related to GAS EMERGENCY CONDITIONS.

After-Hours Variance Application Submissions Accepted Online Only
Effective December 5, 2016, After-Hours Variance (AHV) applications must be submitted online through the Department’s eFiling system. Drop-off submissions of manual AHV applications (PW5) will no longer be accepted at any borough office.

Sprinkler Systems Required in Animal Service Facilities
Local Law 78 of 2015 is retroactive and applies to all animal service facilities in existence on December 31, 2015 and such facilities must achieve compliance no later than December 31, 2016.

November

Updated OP128 Form
Section 3 of the OP128 form was updated to incorporate the option The updated form has a revision date of November 2016 in the bottom right corner. Effective December 21, 2016, only the updated OP128 form that specifies the new revision date will be accepted.

Manhattan Gas Emergency Work Notification
Effective Tuesday, November 22, 2016, Gas Test and Gas Finish self-certifications will no longer be allowed for work done in Manhattan. A physical inspection by the Department of Buildings will now be required. This will also apply for all emergency work requiring Gas Finish inspections in Manhattan. All other emergency work will continue to be accepted as a self-certification in DOB NOW: Inspections.

Available Services and Service Level Agreement Changes in the Administrative Enforcement Unit
Effective December 5, 2016, the Administrative Enforcement Unit (AEU) will institute changes to services and service level agreements.

Electrical Application Review (ED16A) Location Change
Effective December 23, 2016, the location for all Electrical Application Reviews (ED16A) will be NYC Department of Buildings 1 Centre Street (Municipal Building), 23rd Floor, Room 2337 – Service Counter, New York, NY 10007.

Changes to Elevator Door Monitoring System - Permit and Inspection
As per ASME A17.3 of 2002, as modified by Chapter K3 of Appendix K Section 3.10.12 of the New York City Building Code, all automatic passenger and freight elevators must provide a system to monitor and prevent automatic operation with faulty door contact circuits by January 1, 2020.

Gas Test and Gas Finish Self-Certifications Ending in Manhattan
Effective Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 8:00am, Gas Test and Gas Finish self-certifications will no longer be allowed for work done in Manhattan, a physical inspection witnessed by the Department of Buildings will be required.

Counter Service Protocol
All customers, who possess a DOB-issued ID card, are being reminded to be fully prepared before obtaining a service ticket at the kiosk. Beginning November 7, 2016 all DOB-issued ID card customers who appear at the service window unprepared, will be marked as such and may be subject to disciplinary action.

After-Hours Variance Application Submissions Accepted Online Only
Effective December 5, 2016, After-Hours Variance (AHV) applications must be submitted online through the Department’s eFiling system. Drop-off submissions of manual AHV applications (PW5) will no longer be accepted at any borough office.

October

Deactivation of Construction Trade Licenses
Effective October 6, 2016, the Department will allow the following licensees to deactivate their licenses while remaining active in their respective trades: Master Plumbers, Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors, High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineers, Riggers, Sign Hangers, Oil Burners, Site Safety Managers, Hoist Machine Operators, Welders, and Private Elevator Agency Directors/Inspectors.

September

2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC)
2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) Goes in to Effect October 3, 2016.

Correction to TR1 Form
A correction was made on the TR1 form and the revision date on the form was updated to August 2016. On the December 2014 version of the TR1 form, in section 7, there is a reference to the TR-1EN form, this is incorrect, and it should be the TR-8 form.

August

Builder Pavement Plans or Checklist in Lieu of Plans Required Before Requesting an Inspection in DOB NOW: Inspections
For all Builder Pavement Plan (BPP) applications, the BPP Plans or the Checklist in Lieu of Plans must be uploaded to DOB NOW: Inspections before an inspection may be requested.

Local Law 56 of 2016: Permit Fees for New Buildings and Alterations Updated
The Department is re-programing its systems to implement new fee changes specified in Local Law 56 of 2016, effective June 9, 2016. Permit fees will continue being calculated for new buildings (NB) and alterations using old rates until system updates are completed.

Revision to the Construction Superintendent Rule Includes Expanded Scope of Work and Duties
The duties and jobs types requiring a Construction Superintendent (CS) have been expanded in the recently published Rule 3301-02. The changes occur in two phases. Phase 1 outlines the duties of a CS and went into effect May 30, 2016. Phase 2 begins August 30, 2016 and outlines the job types requiring a Construction Superintendent.

Sprinkler Systems Required for Ambulatory Health Care and Animal Service Facilities
Owners of ambulatory health care facilities and animal service facilities (specified below) will be required to install sprinkler systems in these properties by December 31, 2016 as outlined in Local Law 78 of 2015.

PER11 Manual Appointment Request Forms Accepted by Email Only
Effective August 15, 2016, all PER11 (Manual Appointment Request forms) will be accepted by email only. Fax and drop-off submissions will no longer be accepted at any borough office.

July

DOB NOW: Safety Electronic Filing Registration
In accordance with the technology enhancements outlined in our Building One City plan, the Department of Buildings is preparing to launch DOB NOW: Safety, our new interactive web-based portal that will transform previously in-person and paper-based interactions into completely online experiences. Set to go live on September 12, 2016 for façade compliance filings, DOB NOW: Safety will allow licensed professionals and owners to submit their façade compliance filings online.

Façade Job Filings Not Available in BIS
In accordance with the technology enhancements outlined in our Building One City plan, the Department is preparing to launch DOB NOW: Safety, our new interactive web-based portal that will transform previously in-person and paper-based interactions into completely online experiences. Set to go live September 12, 2016 for façade compliance filings, DOB NOW: Safety will allow licensed professionals and owners to submit their façade compliance filings online.

June

Printing B-SCAN Job Stickers in Department Borough Offices Not Permitted
In August 2014, the Department converted BSCAN module that gave the public the ability to print their own job stickers. The change required Applicants and Filing Representatives to print B-SCAN job stickers through our NYC Development Hub online service at their own offices – reducing wait time to file at the Department’s Borough Offices.

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Payments (TCO):
Change in Payment Location at 280 Broadway

Beginning Tuesday, July 5, 2016, the Department of Buildings will no longer be accepting payments for Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) payments on the 4th Floor at 280 Broadway.

UPK Projects: Construction, Plumbing, Electrical, Elevator and Boiler Inspections
The Department of Buildings has created a dedicated Inspection Request process for property owners and contractors participating in the City’s Universal Pre-K program.

May

Inspection Ready: Scenarios for Boiler Inspection Work-Type Requests
Effective May 20, 2016, Licensed Professionals requesting a boiler inspection on a job application containing a Boiler (BL), Fuel Burner (FB), and Fuel Storage (FS) work-type are required to only make a single request under the highest boiler work-type hierarchy.

Construction Superintendent Rule Revision: Expanded Scope of Work and Duties
1 RCNY 3301-02, effective May 30, 2016, expands the duties and changes the types of jobs requiring a Construction Superintendent (CS). Implementation of these changes will occur in two phases.

Elevator Application (ELV1) Form: Updates
Effective June 6, 2016 an updated Elevator Application (ELV1) form will be released.

Upcoming Special Programs: No-Penalty Retaining Wall, Deck and Porch Program
The Department’s Annual No-Penalty Programs for retaining walls, decks and porches will begin May 15 and end June 25, 2016. The unique program allows homeowners to request an inspection of their retaining wall, deck or porch without the issuance of violations.

Local Law 87/09: Process to Comply for Properties Undergoing Construction
Local Law 87/09 (LL87/09) requires owners of applicable, mixed-use and residential buildings to submit an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) once every ten years. Owners must submit an EER in the calendar year coinciding with the last digit of the tax block number for their building.

Available Services and Service Level Agreements Changes in the Administrative Enforcement Unit (AEU)
To better serve the public and meet the demands of the growing industry, AEU is restructuring our Customer Service Division and Service Level Agreements.

April

Inspection Ready: Owner PW1 Email Updates
As an owner, your jobs and permits will be linked to you based on the information in Section 6 of the Place of Assembly Application (PA1) or Section 26 of the Plan Work Applications (PW1). To make inspection requests and view results, the email address used to register for Inspection Ready must match the Email Address field in this section on the initial PW1 filed with the application.

General Liability Insurance Required for Shed and Scaffold Job Types
Effective May 16, 2016, contractors or licensees pulling permits for shed or scaffold job types, must meet General Liability Insurance requirements by presenting proof of their $1,000,000.00 insurance policy, in accordance with 1 RCNY 101-08.

General Liability Insurance Form Update (PGL1)
Effective May 16, 2016, the General Liability Insurance form (PGL1) will be updated to reflect that insurance agents, as well as insurance brokers, are able to validate General Liability Insurance.

Re-Inspections for Immediately Hazardous Violations (Class 1)
In order to have a Cease Use or Restore to Service condition lifted, the approved elevator agency under contract with the building must contact the Department for a re-inspection.

Gas Authorizations Not Available in BIS
Effective April 22, 2016 gas authorizations will no longer be available for review in Building Information Systems (BIS). To access gas authorizations, applicants/users must refer to Inspection Ready.

Filing Representative: 3-Year Registration Term
Effective May 1, 2016, the Department will begin transitioning all Filing Representative Registrations from a one (1) year term to a three (3) year term. This will impact new applicants and currently registered Filing Representatives. As a result, the renewal and issuance fees will increase to reflect the three (3) year term.

Improved Customer Service + Q-Matic System Enhancements
The Department is improving our customer service ticketing and queue management processes to better manage and provide quicker and more reliable service levels.

PILOT: PER11 Submission by Email
In an effort to improve efficiency and to decrease time spent waiting in line, the Department is launching a pilot for an alternative paperless process. PER11 form requests can now be accepted in person at the Borough Office, by fax, or by email.

Elevators: Weekend Inspection Blitz
Throughout April, the Elevator Inspectorial staff will be available during weekends to perform full test inspections on new or replaced elevators. To reserve a weekend test, submit a request for inspection in Inspection Ready and make the expedited test inspection payment with the 4th floor cashier at 280 Broadway.

March

Inspection Ready: Bulk Delegation Owners, Applicants and Permit Holders Can Now Delegate Multiple Users Simultaneously
The Inspection Ready Delegation feature allows Owners, Job Applicants and Permit Holders to designate rights to other people, such as Filing Representatives, to take certain actions. Only registered Inspection Ready account users are eligible to become Delegates. Individuals who wish to become Delegates but have not registered, should follow the registration instructions in the Account Registration and Management user manual.

Requesting Records from Off-Site Storage: New Hold Policy
In an effort to standardize record retention policies and improve the tracking of Department records, all records requested from off-site storage will be held in the Records Unit for a maximum of 15 business days, effective immediately.

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panel Installation Projects Sloped Roof Definition Update
Effective January 1, 2016, most small-scale Solar PV Panel Installation projects filing for Tax Abatement have become eligible for Professional Certification through Hub Self Service.

Installation of Drywells for Storm Water Disposal: Advance Notice and Inspection No Longer Required
Effective immediately, the Department no longer requires advance notification of a drywell installation. Additionally, the required Department inspections and spot checks done during an installation are no longer required. All other installation requirements remain.

Local Law 84/2009: Issuance of Department of Buildings (DOB) Violations for Non-Compliance
Owners are required to perform annual analyses of a property’s total energy use on specific building types in New York City. The benchmarking reports must be submitted electronically by May 1 each year. These requirements are outlined in NYC Administrative Code §28-309.4.

Immediately Hazardous (Class 1) Civil Penalty Violations: New Payment Method
Beginning March 14, 2016, the Department will accept payments by credit card for Immediately Hazardous (Class 1) civil penalty violations. These civil penalties are pursuant to the New York City Administrative Code §28-219.1.

NYC Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC): Issuance of Department of Buildings Violations (returnable to the Environmental Control Board - ECB) and Stop Work Orders for Energy Code Infractions
Beginning March 2016, the Department of Buildings (DOB) will issue DOB Violations (returnable to the ECB) and Stop Work Orders for Energy Code Infractions.

Limited Alteration Application (LAA): Intent to Revoke and Revoke Notifications
Effective March 21 2016, an Intent to Revoke or Revoke banner – in addition to the 'Open Issues’ banner – will now be visible in BIS on a Limited Alteration Application when the scope of work is considered non-code compliant, hazardous or egregious.

Demolition Submittal Document Requirements: Exemption from Plan Submission
The Department will no longer accept plan submissions for sites that are exempt from plan submission under the current Code. The exemptions are for plan submissions and not exemptions from the need to file a demolition application (DM).

February

Lifting Advance Notice Failed Spot Check Conditions
The Department’s Plumbing Enforcement Unit is responsible for conducting field spot checks of professionally certified Plumbing and Fire Suppression work types. When these spot check inspections fail, the Licensee is no longer able to submit professional certifications for that particular job. All tests/inspections associated with the failed spot check will automatically be resulted as failed.

Determination Review Requests: CCD1 and ZRD1 Forms Updated
CCD1 and ZRD1 forms have been updated to improve our review process. The updated forms require submittal of additional information so Determination Requests can be completed more quickly.

eFiling: New Enrollment Process for Professional Engineers and Registered Architects
Effective February 1, 2016, all Design Professionals (including individuals that hold an additional professional license and/or tracking number) must submit their Authentication/Enrollment Form for eFiling enrollment to the Limited Alteration Application (LAA)/Permit Renewal and Hub Authentication Unit in person or by mail.

January

Inspection Ready: Owner PW1 Email Updates
As an owner, your jobs and permits will be linked to you based on the information in Section 6 of the Place of Assembly Application (PA1) or Section 26 of the Plan Work Applications (PW1). To make inspection requests and view results, the email address used to register for Inspection Ready must match the “Email Address” field in this section on the initial PW1 filed with the application. This is a requirement and owners should verify this information before signing, approving, and submitting these documents to the Department.

Tenant Protection Plans: Available on BISWeb
Effective January 25, 2016, a stand-alone Tenant Protection Plan document must be submitted for all buildings being altered or demolished, containing one or more dwelling units that will remain occupied during construction.

New Crane Rule in Effect: CD1 Form Revised
Effective January 1, 2016, RS 19-2 has been repealed and replaced by Rule 3319-01. The new rule applies cranes, derricks, and dedicated pile drivers that operate within New York City.

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panel Installation Projects with Tax Abatement: Professional Certification
Effective January 1, 2016, most small-scale Solar PV Panel Installation projects filing for Tax Abatement will be eligible for Professional Certification through Hub Self Service.

Inspection Ready: Cranes and Derricks Certifications
Beginning January 11, 2016 Owners, LPs, and their Delegates must use Inspection Ready to submit Mast Climber (MC-5) and Technical Report: Statement of Responsibility (CD-8/10E) certifications.

2015

Inspection Ready: Requirements for Application Withdrawal, Change of Address, Place of Assembly and Letters of Completion
For jobs inspected after the launch of Inspection Ready, Final Inspection Reports printed from the system are required to complete at the Borough Offices.

Inspection Ready: Building Pavement Plan (BPP) Signoff Procedures
To improve our BPP signoff process, beginning January 2016 requests to sign off BPP jobs will be completed by the NYC Development Hub’s Inspection Services.

Inspection Ready: Pre-2014 Elevator Application (EA) or Elevator Building Notice (EBN) Applications
Some elevator applications submitted prior to January 1st, 2014 may not include all related devices on the Inspection Ready system.

Scaffold Safety: New E-mail Account
Effective immediately, The Scaffold Safety Team has a new e-mail address to request Stop Work Order re-inspections, Three Point and Corner Suspended Scaffolds Pre-inspections.

Improved Customer Service + Q-Matic System Enhancements
We are improving our customer service ticketing and queue management to provide you with quicker and more reliable service.

Inspection Ready: PE/RA Record Access
Effective immediately, Professional Engineers, Registered Architects and Applicants/Contractors have been given access to request inspections on all permits associated with their jobs.

Inspection Ready: Crane Owner Update
To request inspections and upload required documents, crane owners must be linked to their devices in Inspection Ready.

Hydrostatic Pressure Testing of Standpipes
The Department has compiled important information you should know about Hydrostatic testing of standpipes in new installations.

Reinstatement Fees: Expired Plans, Permits + Applications
Plans, permits and applications are not valid after their expiration date. You may be required to re-file or pay a reinstatement fee to complete a job after the plans, permits or applications have expired.

Certificate of Compliance for Service Equipment: Update
In accordance with §28-116.4.1 specified service equipment shall not be operated until the Department issues a Certificate of Compliance (formerly called the Equipment Use Permit).

Inspection Ready: System Launch & Inspection Downtime
While transitioning to the new Inspection Ready system there will be inspection downtime for some of our units.

Inspection Ready: Licensed Professional PIN Linking Instructions
As part of the technology enhancements outlined in our Building One City plan, the Department of Buildings is preparing for the launch of Inspection Ready, our new online inspection request and routing system, which is set to go live in late 2015.

Inspection Ready: Registration is Now Open!
In accordance with the technology enhancements outlined in our Building One City plan, the Department of Buildings is preparing to launch Inspection Ready, our new online inspection request and routing system set to go live in late 2015. In order to request inspections, you are required to register for an account.

Improved Customer Service + Q-Matic System Enhancements
We’re improving our customer service ticketing and queue management processes – to better manage and provide quicker and more reliable service levels.

Inspection Ready: In-Borough Support Kiosks
In accordance with the technology enhancements outlined in our Building One City plan, the Department of Buildings is preparing to launch Inspection Ready, our new online inspection request and routing system set to go live in late 2015. Inspection Ready will allow licensed professionals and owners to request development inspections online.

Debit Cards with Credit Card Logo Fee Payments: New Federal Requirement
As of October 1, 2015, federal regulations require compliance with new credit card industry chip technology. A PIN (Personal Identification Number) may be required to successfully process payments with this new technology.

Hoisting Rigging: Training + Certification Requirements
REMINDER: Local Law 141 of 2013 (The 2014 Construction Codes) requires individuals engaged in hoisting rigging work - and who are not employed by a licensed rigger - to complete Department approved training or possess Department approved national certification by July 1, 2016.

Inspection Ready: Industry Information Sessions
The Department of Buildings will host industry-specific information sessions throughout the month of November to demonstrate to industry professionals and licensees how to use the new Inspection Ready system coming in late 2015. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.

Inspection Ready: Licensee & Owner Preparation
In accordance with the technology enhancements outlined in our Building One City plan, the Department of Buildings is preparing to launch Inspection Ready, our new online inspection request and routing system set to go live in late 2015..

Determination Review Requests: Update
To improve our review process, beginning September 28, 2015, requests to review NYC Construction Codes (CCD1) and Zoning Resolution (ZRD1) determinations will only be accepted by email at the below addresses.

2014 NYC Construction Codes: Permit Applications for Enlargement of Existing Area
Under the NYC 2014 Construction Codes, enlargements filed on or after December 31, 2014 should be calculated by total construction costs only, and are no longer calculated using the square footage of the enlargement.

UPK Projects: Construction, Plumbing, Electrical, Elevator and Boiler Inspections
The Department of Buildings has created a dedicated inspection-request process for property owners participating in the City’s UPK program.

Articulating Boom Crane: Permitting and Licensing Requirements
Crane owners and operators are reminded of the following code requirements pertaining to articulating boom cranes (“knuckleboom cranes”).

Elevator Permit Applications + Category 3&5 Inspections: Electronic Submission
Beginning September 7, 2015, the Elevator Unit will accept requests for copies of outstanding Elevator Permit Applications and requests for copies of outstanding penalties for Category 3 & 5 Inspections (Look-up sheets) via email only. Customer Service representatives will no longer accept these requests in person and will direct constituents to email these inquiries.

Build it Back Program: Application + Permit Fees Waived
Application and permit fees are waived for owners whose properties were damaged in Hurricane Sandy and who are rebuilding or repairing their homes through the City’s Build it Back (BIB) program.

Alternative Safety Systems:
“Cocoon” and Climbing Concrete Form Work Construction Code Determination (CCD1) Not Required.

After-Hours Inspection: Phase Two
Effective immediately, the Department of Buildings is expanding the after-hour inspection initiative for development projects enrolled in the High Rise Program to include all permitted projects in the Bronx.

Special Inspection Agency Reporting Responsibilities:Hazardous Conditions and Discrepancies
Special Inspection Agencies are obligated to report inspection discrepancies and hazardous conditions in accordance with 1 RCNY 101-06 Section (b)(9).

Site Safety Plans: Electronic Submission
Effective August 10th, 2015, applicants can submit the Site Safety Plan (SSP) and coversheet electronically to the BEST Squad via email attachment. Drop off and pick up will no longer be necessary.

Department of Buildings expands Hub Full-Service Functions to Small Business Services
Small Business Services (SBS) Job Processing is now live! Architects, engineers and filing representatives can now file Alteration Type-2 and Type-3 applications online for smaller construction projects.

Lower Manhattan Construction + Truck Embargo - July 9, 2015 – July 10, 2015
In preparation of this year’s U.S.A Women’s Soccer Ticker Tape Parade, a Department of Buildings and Department of Transportation Special Event Construction Embargo will be in effect in areas throughout Lower Manhattan. Restrictions begin at 10pm on Thursday, July 9, 2015 and remain in effect through 5pm on Friday, July 10, 2015.

Site Safety Plan (SSP) Submission/Façade Alteration: New Filing Option for Professional Applicants
Professional applicants now have the option to file a Site Safety Plan (SSP) for typical façade alterations (restorations) as a professionally certified Alteration Type 3 (A3). Non-professional applicants will continue to submit filings to the BEST Squad for review.

Façade Inspection and Safety Program Extended! Cycle 8 Early Filing Amnesty Program for Non-Compliant Owners
In the interest of public safety, the Department of Buildings is offering an Amnesty Program to owners who failed to file (No Report filed - NRF) a Façade Inspection Safety Report (FISP) during Cycle 7. The FISP Cycle 7 reporting period ended on February 20, 2015.

Customer Service Counter Hours
Effective immediately, the new hours of operation for customers who require tickets for the Construction, Electrical and Plumbing Units.

Retaining Walls: Inspection and Reporting Requirements
RCNY §103-09 and Local Law 37/08, effective January 1, 2014, requires owners of properties with a retaining wall or part of a retaining wall which is at least ten feet high and faces a public right of way such as a sidewalk or entrance must have a condition assessment of this wall conducted every five years and the assessment report submitted to the Department of Buildings by a licensed engineer who has a minimum of three years relevant experience.

Hazardous Formwork: Visual Observations
In addition to the inspections required by the contractor pursuant to BC 3305.3.3.1, a qualified observer shall perform visual observations of the formwork to validate general conformance with the design intent.

Limited Alteration Application (LAA): Renewals with the same BIS Number
Effective June 1, 2015, LAA/Permit Renewal and Hub Authentication Unit will now offer LAA Renewals with the same BIS number and a standard renewal fee of $100.00.

After-Hours Inspection: First Phase
Effective June 1, 2015, the Department of Buildings will launch an after-hour inspection initiative for development projects enrolled in the High Rise Program.

Additional Exit Stairway/Occupant Evacuation Elevator (OEE) Requirements
Under the 2014 NYC Construction Codes, new requirements for additional exit stairway/ occupant evacuation elevators (OEE) in all new non-residential buildings greater than 420 feet in height go into effect for applications filed beginning July 1, 2015. For more information see 2014 NYC Building Code §403.5.2.

Electrical Advisory Board: Submission Process
Applications for electrical installation of 1,000 KVA and above and requests for special permission and new material approvals can be dropped off daily at The Electrical Advisory Board, located at 1 Centre Street in Lower Manhattan from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Special Inspection Agency Registration Renewals
Special Inspection Agency Registration Renewals begin May 13, 2015. The term of the special inspection agency registration is three years. Renewals begin on your birthday following the date of your initial registration.

Scaffold Safety: Site Safety Inspections for Façade Alterations
Effective March 2015, the Scaffold Safety Team will conduct routine safety inspections for façade alterations requiring site safety compliance. The BEST Squad is no longer responsible for conducting these inspections.

Flood-Resistant Construction: Raising or Moving a Building Under LL 29/13
New regulations are in effect for raising, lifting, elevating or moving buildings. This includes specific, required documents under Buildings Bulletin 2013-013 and Special Inspections requirements.

Benchmarking Reports: Violations for Non-compliance
Building owners required to perform annual analyses of their property’s total energy use must submit Benchmarking reports by May 1, 2015.

Façade Inspection and Safety Program: Cycle 8 Filing Begins February 21, 2015
The filing period for Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) Cycle 8 begins on February 21, 2015. Technical Reports filed under Cycle 8 must meet the below submission requirements.

2014 NYC Construction Codes: Notification of Sidewalk Shed Removal
Under the 2014 NYC Construction Codes, new notification requirements are in effect for sidewalk shed removals. For more information, see 2014 NYC Building Code §3307.6.5.11.

2014 NYC Construction Codes + RCNY: Façades
Façade projects requiring site safety plans – buildings 15 stories and higher – may now use a site safety manager, rigger, designated rigging foreman or qualified person to oversee site safety. See NYC Building Code §§3310, 3314.4 and 3316.9, and 1 RCNY 3310-01.

2014 NYC Construction Codes: Notification of Suspended Scaffold Installation + Removal
Under the 2014 NYC Construction Codes, new notification requirements are in effect for suspended scaffold installations and removals.

Electronic Filing + BIS – System Maintenance
To support an upgrade of the B-SCAN system, the Department will be performing maintenance on its electronic filing systems and the Buildings Information System (BIS).

Elevator Unit: Category 1 Inspections + PVT Violations
Beginning January 15, 2015, the Elevator Unit will accept requests for Category 1 Look-up Sheets and copies of PVT Violations via email.

2014 NYC Construction Codes: Electronic Filing – System Maintenance
To support the implementation of the 2014 NYC Construction Codes, the Department will be performing maintenance on its electronic filing systems and the Buildings Information System. Online filing and BIS will not be available beginning at 5pm on Tuesday, December 30. Service will resume at 7am on Wednesday, December 31.

2014 NYC Energy Conservation Code: Effective January 1, 2015
The 2014 New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) is expected to go into effect on January 1, 2015.

2014 NYC Construction Codes: Exemptions – APPN 1/93 Superseded
On December 31, 2014, Administrative Policy and Procedures Notice (APPN) 1/93 will be superseded by Operational Bulletin 2014-027.

Elevator Inspections: Affirmation of Correction Report Deadline Extended
The deadline to file 2013 Affirmation of Correction reports has been extended to December 31, 2014. This extension applies to reports for unsatisfactory Category 1 inspections for the Calendar Year 2013 inspection cycle.

2014 Construction Codes: Limited Alteration Application Changes
The Limited Alteration Application/Permit Renewal Unit is leading a seminar regarding changes to the LAA form and filing process under the 2014 NYC Construction Codes, which go into effect on December 31, 2014. This seminar will focus on 2014 NYC Administrative Code §28-101.5.

PW1B Forms and Plans: Filings and Amendments
When submitting a Plan/Work application (PW1), applicants must include the PW1B (Schedule B) as part of the initial submission.

2014 NYC Construction Codes: Demolitions
Beginning December 31, 2014, new changes will effect demolitions in New York City.

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