The majority of construction requires a Department of Buildings permit. Most often, a New York State licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) must file plans and pull permits before work begins.
There are many permit types, such as construction, boiler, elevator and plumbing. The primary permit applications are: New Building (NB) and Alterations Type-1, 2, and 3:
A New York State licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) must submit construction plans to obtain a permit. A Department plan examiner will review the plans for any legal/zoning objections. When objections are satisfied, the Department will approve the application. A licensed PE or RA may also certify that plans conform to all applicable laws.
Learn more about Professional Certification.
Some minor work does not require a permit; a PE, RA, or Department borough office manager can explain the exceptions. For example, installing new kitchen cabinets doesn’t require a permit but Contractors must have a Department of Consumer Affairs Home Improvement Contractor License.
A licensed PE, RA, or Contractor can estimate these fees.
Plan approval time depends upon the project’s complexity and the issues – or objections – to be resolved.