DOB NOW and eFiling Registration Steps & Tips

Registration Steps & Tips

You need an eFiling account to use DOB NOW: Build and DOB NOW: Safety. The information below mentions DOB NOW specifically but follow the same registration process if you will be processing permit applications directly in eFiling.

If you already have an eFiling account, you can use your email and password to login to DOB NOW.

If you need to change your account information, such as email, phone, or mailing address, log in to eFiling. For more information, see the Account Management FAQs.

If you need to register for an account, follow the process for your role below:

The Secondary Email Address field allows you to provide an additional email address that can be used to log into DOB NOW: Build and Safety and to be assigned a role in DOB NOW filings. Only filings associated with the email address you log in with will appear on your DOB NOW dashboard.

Registration: Building Owner, Building Manager, or Owner Representative or other Non-DOB Licensed Personnel

  1. Go to eFiling Registration Form, and fill out the account information.

  2. Select I do not have a license or DOB-issued ID #.

  3. Read the Agreement section, and click Submit. You will receive two (2) emails. Your account will not be active until you get the second email.

    1. You must click the link sent in the first email to activate your account.

    2. The second email confirms your enrollment. You can then use your eFiling email and password at DOB NOW.

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Registration: Concrete Test Lab Director, Electrical Contractor, Master Fire Suppression & Piping Contractor, Master Plumber, Oil Burner Installer, Professional Engineer, Registered Architect or Registered Landscape Architect

  1. Go to eFiling Registration Form, and fill out the account information. The email address used to create an eFiling account associated with a license/registration number must be the same as the email address on record with the Licensing Unit.

  2. Select I have a license or DOB-issued ID #.

  3. Enter your license number and business name in the appropriate in the appropriate section.

  4. Read the Agreement section, and click Submit.

  5. You will receive an email asking you to activate your account. Click the link in the email; this will open a new browser window. In the new browser window select Click here to open the Authentication Form, which is a printable version of the information you just entered in eFiling.

  6. Print the form using your browser menu then sign, date, and seal the form.

  7. Scan the form and a copy of your state-issued identification, such as a driver's license, or DOB ID as one PDF file.

    Upload the PDF file at www.nyc.gov/dobhelp. Select Module eFiling Authentication Forms, fill out the required fields and upload the file in the Supporting Information Upload section.

    Your license information will be verified, and you will be notified by email when your account is activated. Once you are approved, you can then use your eFiling email and password at DOB NOW.

    For each DOB NOW: Build or DOB NOW: Safety filing submission you will also have to upload a completed Design Professional/Licensee Seal and Signature form (DPL-1 form).

Concrete Safety Manager, Construction Superintendent, Elevator Inspector/Director/Co-Director, Filing Representative, General Contractor, High Pressure Boiler Operator/Stationary Engineer, Hoist Machine Operator, Master Rigger, Sign Hanger, Site Safety Manager/Coordinator or Tower Crane Rigger

  1. Go to eFiling Registration Form, and fill out the account information. The email address used to create an eFiling account associated with a license/registration number must be the same as the email address on record with the Licensing Unit.

  2. Select I have a license or DOB-issued ID #.

  3. Enter your license number and business name in the appropriate section.

  4. Read the Agreement section, and click Submit.

  5. You will receive an email asking you to activate your account. Click the link in the email; this will open a new browser window. In the new browser window select Click here to open the Authentication Form, which is a printable version of the information you just entered in eFiling.

  6. Print the form using your browser menu then sign, date, and notarize the form.

  7. Scan the form and a copy of your state-issued identification, such as a driver’s license, or DOB ID as one PDF file.

    Upload the PDF file at www.nyc.gov/dobhelp. Select Module eFiling Authentication Forms, fill out the required fields and upload the file in the Supporting Information Upload section.

    Your license information will be verified, and you will be notified by email when your account is activated. Once you are approved, you can then use your eFiling email and password at DOB NOW.

Registration: Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI)

  1. Go to eFiling Registration Form, and fill out the account information.

  2. Select I have a license or DOB-issued ID #.

  3. Enter your license number and business name in the appropriate section.

  4. Read the Agreement section, and click Submit.

  5. You will receive an email asking you to activate your account. Click the link in the email; this will open a new browser window. In the new browser window select Click here to open the Authentication Form, which is a printable version of the information you just entered in eFiling.

  6. Print the form using your browser menu then sign, date, and seal the form.

  7. Scan the form and a copy of your state-issued identification, such as a driver’s license, or DOB ID as one PDF file.

    Upload the PDF file at www.nyc.gov/dobhelp. Select Module eFiling Authentication Forms, fill out the required fields and upload the file in the Supporting Information Upload section.

    Your license information will be verified, and you will be notified by email when your account is activated. Once you are approved, you can then use your eFiling email and password at DOB NOW.

  8. After your account is activated, you must request QEWI designation from the Façades Unit. Send an email to facades@buildings.nyc.gov, and include the following:

    1. Your name, phone number and email address you used to register in eFiling

    2. New York State license number

    3. A list of jobs filed in New York City as the applicant on buildings over six stories that involve façade restoration work with an example of work history and a contact person who can verify the information.

  9. The Façades Unit will contact you within two business days to schedule an interview. The interview will be held at 280 Broadway and last approximately an hour. In most cases, you will find out at the interview if you have been approved. Once you have been approved by the Façades Unit, you will be able to login to DOB NOW: Safety and submit compliance filings.

For each DOB NOW: Build or DOB NOW: Safety filing submission you will also have to upload a completed Design Professional/Licensee Seal and Signature form (DPL-1 form).

Registration: Boiler Insurance Agency Inspector

  1. Go to eFiling Registration Form, and fill out the account information.

  2. Select I have a license or DOB-issued ID #.

  3. Enter your license number and business name in the appropriate section.

  4. Read the Agreement section, and click Submit.

  5. You will receive an email asking you to activate your account. Click the link in the email; this will open a new browser window. In the new browser window select Click here to open the Authentication Form, which is a printable version of the information you just entered in eFiling.

  6. Print the form using your browser menu then sign, date, and notarize the form. Once completed, scan the form and save it as a PDF.

  7. Send an email to the Boiler Unit at BoilersSafety@buildings.nyc.gov and include the following:

    1. The saved PDF version of your Authentication Form

    2. A scanned PDF copy of your New York State Department of Labor Certificate of Competence

The Boiler Unit will verify your licensing information, and then notify you by email that your account has been activated.

Once you are approved, you can then use your eFiling email and password at DOB NOW.

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