There is some minor work, described below, that can be performed without a work permit, without hiring a Licensed Contractor, and/or without hiring a Registered Design Professional.
The NYC Administrative Code §28-105.4.5 clarifies work exempt from permit, which does not absolve work from compliance with any other law or rules enforced by the Department. Such exemptions shall not relieve Owners of the obligation to comply with the requirements of other City agencies, including any filing requirements. Unless otherwise indicated, permits shall not be required for the following:
Emergency work, per Section 28-105.4.1
Licensed Contractors may perform emergency work without initially getting a permit. Administrative Code Section AC 28-105.4.1 clarifies ‘emergency work’ as work otherwise requiring a permit, performed to relieve an emergency condition. However, the application for a permit shall be submitted within 2 business days after the commencement of the emergency work, perform required inspections to close out the project, and shall include a written description of the emergency condition and the measures undertaken to mitigate the hazard.
Emergency work, as it relates to Mechanical Construction Equipment projects, may include but shall not be limited to:
Stabilization of unsafe structural conditions
Erection of sidewalk sheds, fences, or other similar structures to protect the public from an unsafe condition.
No Mechanical Construction Equipment work that requires a permit can be performed by a Licensed Contractor without the owner first hiring a Registered Design Professional to prepare and submit construction plans for approval by the Department.
If the Mechanical Construction Equipment project is comprised of aspects of work exceeding what is allowed above, then a Registered Design Professional must submit construction plans, for approval by the Department, prior to obtaining a work permit.