Service Updates

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May

Special Gowanus Mixed Use District: Gowanus Mix Use Incentive
The newly enacted Special Gowanus Mixed Use District in the NYC Zoning Resolution (ZR) contains an as-of-right incentive in Section 139-212 (the “Gowanus Mix Use incentive”). This incentive allows projects in the special district to obtain an increase in the amount of floor area ratio by dedicating floor area on the zoning lot to certain uses, known as Gowanus Mix Uses. ZR 139-212 requires that a Notice of Restrictions (NOR) be recorded against the subject tax lot in the Office of the City Register.

Elevator Sign Off for Occupancy Requests
Beginning Monday, May 23, 2022, requests for Elevator Sign Off for DOB NOW jobs are required to be submitted in DOB NOW: Build as part of the Certificate of Occupancy request.

In-Person Appointments for Standard Plan Examination Job Filings
Beginning Monday, May 16, 2022, customers have the option to attend appointments with a plan examiner in person in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island offices.

Buildings Information System (BIS) Transactions Impacted by Service Disruption
Due to a service disruption from an unexpected power outage at the City’s data center that occurred on April 29, 2022, BIS is not reflecting some transactions. DOB is working diligently to address the issue.

Disputing Payments Made by Credit Card, Cancelling Payments Made by eCheck, Check or Money Order
To dispute a payment made to the Department of Buildings (DOB), including payments for filing fees and civil penalties a refund request application must be submitted via email to the appropriate borough office or unit. 

New Customer Service Office Hours
Beginning Wednesday, May 4, 2022, all DOB customer service locations will be open to the public from 8:30am to 4:00pm for in-person and drop off transactions.

Zoning Approvals Eligible for Public Challenge for Jobs Filed in DOB NOW
A list of accepted zoning diagrams (ZD1s) for jobs submitted in DOB NOW that are eligible for public challenge is now available in the DOB NOW Public Portal. Members of the public have 45 days from the posting of the ZD1 to submit a challenge to the zoning approval of a New Building (NB) or an enlargement affecting the exterior envelope of an existing building.

April

Elevator and Escalator Periodic Inspection Reports
The Department of Buildings has created checklists for approved elevator agencies performing periodic inspections on elevators and escalators.

CY2021 Benchmarking Compliance Deadline Extended
The 2022 Benchmarking compliance deadline for calendar year 2021 data reporting has been extended. Property owners who were required to submit their CY2021 benchmarking information by May 1, 2022, are required to submit a fully compliant report by May 31, 2022.

Appointments for Standard Plan Examination BIS Job Filings
Appointments scheduled on or after April 20, 2022 in the DOB Appointments system will be conducted online using GoTo Meeting software and not by telephone.

Beginning February 1, 2023 Construction Sites Requiring DOB-Licensed Safety Professionals will Only Accept NYC DOB Training Connect Site Safety Training Cards
Since January 1, 2022, DOB-approved course providers have issued new Site Safety Training (SST) Cards through the NYC DOB Training Connect Platform, a web-based platform designed to streamline the process of obtaining an SST Card and drastically reduce the likelihood of fraud. All previously issued SST Cards must be replaced by a NYC DOB Training Connect SST Card by January 31, 2023.

NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Permit Required for Work Disturbing 20,000 Square Feet of Soil
Applicants for work that will result in an amount of soil disturbance greater than or equal to 20,000 square feet, or in the creation of 5,000 square feet or more of impervious surface, are required to submit DEP Stormwater Construction and Stormwater Maintenance Permits. This requirement is not limited to work in an MS4 Area. See Local Law 91 of 2020 and Chapter 19.1 of the Rules of the City of New York.

Site Safety Plan Submission Prior to Job Approval
Applicants can submit site safety plans for General Construction (GC) and Foundation (FO) DOB NOW jobs by email to the Department of Buildings Construction Safety Compliance (CSC) Plan Examination Unit before the job is approved, until further notice.

March

Elevator Technicians and Helpers are Required to be Licensed to Perform Elevator Work
Since January 1, 2022, the New York State Elevator Safety Act requires both a New York City and New York State License to perform elevator work. Two Elevator Agency Technician Licenses and an Elevator Agency Helper Registration Card are available to qualified applicants.

Follow-up #6 - Local Law 152 of 2016: Requests for Due Date Extensions to Complete Gas Piping Inspections
An amendment to Local Law 152 of 2016 allows building owners to receive a 180-day extension of the due date for the inspection of the building’s gas piping system and submission of the GPS2: Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification form to the Department of Buildings. See Local Law 138 of 2021.

Temporary Amusement Device Inspection Requests to be Submitted to the Department of Buildings in DOB NOW: Safety
Beginning March 18, 2022, requests for inspections of temporary amusement devices must be submitted to the NYC Department of Buildings in DOB NOW: Safety. These requests are no longer submitted to the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.

Update #23: 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 regularly to provide current service levels.

Properties with Board of Standards of Appeals Decisions will be Flagged in the Property Profile
Beginning March 8, 2022, buildings that have been the subject of a decision by the Board of Standards of Appeals (BSA) after 1998, will be flagged in the Buildings Information System (BIS) Property Profile and DOB NOW.

February

Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH): Flagged Buildings not in an MIH Area are not Required to Submit HPD Permit
Buildings flagged in the Buildings Information System (BIS) Property Profile as an MIH Area building but are not in an MIH area, are not required to submit to the Department of Buildings a Permit Notice or Completion Notice from the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).

Update #22: 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 regularly to provide current service levels.

Appointments for Development Hub BIS Jobs
Beginning February 15, 2022, appointments for Development Hub BIS jobs must be scheduled via the DOB Appointments System.

January

Update #21: 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.

Local Law 87 of 2009: Energy Efficiency Report (EER) Submissions Will Not be Accepted if Penalties are Outstanding
Beginning with the Energy Efficiency Report (EER) submissions due by December 31, 2021, the Department of Buildings will not accept an EER submission from an owner who owes penalties for prior violations until those penalties are paid in full. Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York §103-07(n) states DOB “will not accept any outstanding EER submission if outstanding penalties are not paid in full.”

Updates to Boiler Inspection Reports in DOB NOW: Safety
DOB NOW: Safety will be updated January 24, 2022 to incorporate changes to the annual boiler inspection requirements.

Updates to Elevator Inspections in DOB NOW: Safety
DOB NOW: Safety will be updated January 24, 2022 to incorporate changes to elevator inspection and test requirements.

Update #20: 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.

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