Service Updates

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September

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.

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