eFiling is an online portal for submission of applications in the Buildings Information System (BIS) through the Development Hub, Hub Full-Service, Hub Self-Service or borough office.
The eFiling system will be updated on June 8, 2020 to allow for submission of all BIS job applications (New Building, Alteration-1, -2, -3) except a select number of project/work types or additional considerations. The eSubmit feature in eFiling has also been expanded to allow for submission of permit applications, post approval amendments, corrections, certificate of occupancy/letter of completion folder review requests and required items. The payment portal in eFiling has been expanded as well to accept many express cashier transactions.
DOB NOW is the Department’s self-service online tool that provides customers with the ability to manage more robust online accounts, making it easier to submit applications, make payments, schedule appointments, check the status of an application or inspection, pull permits, make renewals, and have virtual interactions with DOB staff. These efforts will reduce the number of in-person visits to Department offices, and will replace the current Building Information System (BIS) mainframe system.
The Department conducts audits on a targeted number of projects that are professionally certified (a provision that allows engineers and architects to affirm that their plans meet the regulations stipulated by the Construction Codes). The Department has adopted a risk-based model that places additional attention on the largest and most complicated projects. This enhanced audit structure for Professional Certifications, allows the Department to effectively target its plan examination resources, reducing the overall time for project approvals.
The Department will use all available regulatory tools to address bad actors by incorporating new technology to support attorneys and other legal staff in prosecuting applicants, Owners and Licensees who don’t follow the rules.