New York City laws require that one or more permits be obtained before starting construction work (refer to NYC Building Code §27-126 for work that requires a permit). Some application can be submitted at a borough office. However, there are some job filings that must be submitted online in DOB NOW: Build.
The diagram and steps below describe DOB's general process for filing an application at a borough office and obtaining a permit for jobs that are not professionally certified.
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Step 1: Applicant pre-files application in a borough office
Applicant meets with a Department pre-filer at a borough office and submits three (3) copies of each of the following:
The pre-filer checks the documents to make sure the application is complete, estimates cost and determines job type, then enters the basic job information into Buildings Information System (BIS), assesses the fee and assigns a BIS Job Number to the application.
*Note: When the pre-filing phase is completed, the application folder is given back to the applicant. Applicant will bring the application folder to the cashier when ready to pay the fee.*
Step 2: Applicant Goes to Cashier and pays the fee
Applicant submits the application folder to the cashier and pays the fee. The cashier then transfers the folder to the Data Entry and Research (DEAR) Unit.
Step 3: Department data enters application details
*Tip: Applicant can use the BIS Job# assigned during the pre-filing to check BIS-on-the-WEB for current application status 'Building Information Search' any time during the entire process.*
Step 4: Department reviews application plan
A Plan Examiner reviews the plan for compliance with one of the requirements below:
During the review, the Plan Examiner enters any required items needed for the construction work being described into BIS. (refer to Required Items)
*Note: Sprinkler applications are filed under Directive 14 but receive a Directive 2 review to ensure the water supply is in compliance with the Building Code.*
The process described above may be repeated until all objections are resolved and the plan is approved.
*Note: If changes need to be made to the plan after the plan is approved, the applicant may be required to file a Post Approval Amendment (PAA). A PAA is any change to the approved scope of work that is significant and will require submission of revised plans.*
Step 5: Department perforates the plan
Step 6: Applicant obtains permit
Step 7: Post Permit Activities
Some applications require a new or amended Certificate of Occupancy, and others should simply be signed off when the work has been completed.