A Place of Assembly (PA) Certificate of Operation is required for premises where 75 or more members of the public gather indoors or 200 or more gather outdoors, for religious, recreational, educational, political or social purposes, or to consume food or drink. In order to have a legal Place of Assembly, certain Fire and Building Code requirements must be fulfilled. The Department of Buildings performs the initial inspection for the first issuance of a Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation.
To obtain a Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation, complete a PA1 Form and instructions, and read the service notice for more information. To request a Place of Assembly job folder, you can now go to the Records Room on the 3rd Floor of the Department of Buildings Manhattan Borough Office.
As of May 7, 2013, Place of Assembly Certificates of Operation do not expire. Within one year after the issue date of the Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation, a Place of Assembly must receive a Place of Assembly Permit from the New York City Fire Department. This Permit expires annually and will be renewed based on the results of the Fire Department’s annual inspections.
For certificates issued pre-BIS (with a DOB job number fewer than nine digits), a new Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation is required for:
For all other certificates, a new Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation is required for a change to the zoning use group or the assembly occupancy group of the Place of Assembly space (A1-A5).
For all other certificates, an amended Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation is required for:
Corrections to the owner’s name and/or mailing address on a Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation may be made by: