Service Updates 2020


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2020

May

Mandatory Submission of all BIS Job Applications in eFiling to launch June 8, 2020
Beginning Monday, June 8, 2020, all BIS job applications must be submitted in eFiling, except the project/work types or additional considerations listed below. In addition, it will be required to electronically submit initial permits and withdrawal applications in eFiling. Online web-based training sessions will be held beginning May 29, 2020 to guide users through the new procedures.


Tenant Protection Plan: Revised TPP1 Form
Beginning June 22, 2020, both the applicant and the property owner will be required to sign the paper TPP1 form submitted in the Buildings Information System (BIS).


Follow-up #1: Tenant Protection Plan Notice to Occupants
Beginning June 22, 2020, owners must distribute and post the required Tenant Protection Plan (TPP) Notice to Occupants when the Department of Buildings issues a work permit. The updated notice reflects the changes made by Local Law 106 of 2019.


Upcoming Façade Amnesty Program to Begin July 1
The Department’s Façade Inspection and Safety Program (FISP) is offering an amnesty period to begin July 1, 2020. The program will run for three months and may be extended at the Department’s discretion. The amnesty program is only open to non-compliant Cycle 8 owners.


COVID-19 Response: Postponement of Rule Hearings (Updated)
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, the Department previously postponed public hearings to limit public interactions. The proposed rule hearings have been rescheduled and will now be conducted remotely via WebEx. View the proposed rules and WebEx meeting information.


2020 NYC Energy Conservation Code in Effect
The 2020 New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) is in effect May 12, 2020, affecting all new buildings and alterations. All jobs filed on or after May 12, 2020 must comply with the 2020 NYCECC. For prior projects and Incomplete Filings, see Service Notice from February 2020.


COVID-19 Response: Certificate of Authorization, License and Permit Renewal Extension
All licenses/registrations and permits issued by the Department of Buildings and expiring from the beginning of the declaration of the state of emergency through the period of the emergency declaration are extended in accordance with Mayoral Emergency Executive Order. Currently, this period has been extended to June 7, 2020. Approved sites need to post a new Certificate of Authorization with the expiration date of June 7, 2020.


Requirement: License Renewal Applications to be submitted online as of Friday, May 8, 2020
Applications to renew a license/registration issued by the Department of Buildings are required to be submitted online at www.nyc.gov/dobnow. Renewal applications will not be accepted in-person or by mail as of Friday, May 8, 2020.


COVID-19 Response: Place of Assembly Applications Resume
As of Wednesday, May 6, 2020, applications for Place of Assembly and Place of Assembly Certificates of Operation can be submitted and will be reviewed in DOB NOW: Build. Temporary Place of Assembly applications remain suspended for the duration of the state of emergency.


COVID-19 Response: Online License Renewal Applications
Beginning Monday, May 4, 2020, applications to renew a license/registration issued by the Department of Buildings can be submitted online at www.nyc.gov/dobnow. Renewal applications will not be accepted in-person or by mail as of Friday, May 8, 2020.


April

COVID-19 Response: Certificate of Occupancy, Letter of Completion, and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Folder Review Requests (PW7) Required to be Submitted in eFiling; Hub Self-Service Reopened for Submission of PW1 Plan/Work Applications
Beginning Monday, April 27, 2020, Certificate of Occupancy, Letter of Completion and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Folder Review Requests (PW7) cannot be submitted in-person to a borough office and are required to be submitted in eFiling. Hub Self-Service will now accept submissions of PW1 Plan/Work Applications. In addition, eFiling has been updated for Development Hub Jobs to categorize PW1 Plan/Work Application submissions as initial or subsequent filings.


Crane Filings Launch in DOB NOW: Build, Updated Essential Construction Questionnaire for Electrical and Limited Alteration Applications and Certificates of Correction Mail Submission Deadline
Crane filings (phase one) will launch in DOB NOW: Build on Monday, April 27, 2020. The Essential Construction Questionnaire in the permit application for Electrical and Limited Alteration Applications has been updated to include the revised guidelines in the DOB Guidance Document. The deadline to submit Certificate of Correction requests by mail is May 1, 2020.


COVID-19 Response: Permit Renewal Extension
All permits issued by the Department of Buildings and expiring from the beginning of the declaration of the state of emergency through the period of the emergency declaration are extended in accordance with Mayoral Emergency Executive Order No. 107. Currently, this period runs March 12, 2020 through at least May 9, 2020.


COVID-19 Response: Benchmarking Guidance for May 1, 2020 Deadline and Issuance and Payment of Department of Buildings Violations for Non-Compliance
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, building owners who are not able to submit their CY2019 benchmarking information by May 1, 2020 will not be issued a violation for non-compliance if they submit a fully compliant report by August 1, 2020. In addition, payments for benchmarking violations are required to be submitted in eFiling.


COVID-19 Response: Enhancements to Post Approval Amendment and Correction Submissions in eFiling and Essential Construction Requests Update for Electrical and Limited Alteration Applications Permits and Demolition Filings
The process for submitting Post Approval Amendment applications and correction requests in eFiling has been enhanced. In addition, the Essential Construction requests portal at www.nyc.gov/dobnow has been updated to allow for submission of Electrical and Limited Alteration Application (LAA) permits that were submitted prior to April 3, 2020 and Demolition filings. Certificates of Authorization have been extended for the duration of the state of emergency.


COVID-19 Response: License Renewal Extension and Essential Construction Requests Update
All licenses/registrations issued by the Department of Buildings and expiring from the beginning of the declaration of the state of emergency through the period of the emergency declaration are extended in accordance with Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order No. 107. Currently, this period runs March 12, 2020 through May 9, 2020. In addition, the Essential Active Construction Sites map has been updated and approved sites need to post a new Certificate of Authorization with the expiration date of May 15, 2020.


COVID-19 Response: Post Approval Amendments and Immediately Hazardous Violation Civil Penalty Payments
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Thursday, April 16, 2020, Post Approval Amendments for BIS jobs and Immediately Hazardous Violation Civil Penalty payments must be submitted in eFiling.


COVID-19 Response: Suspension of all work on non-essential construction and demolition sites - Updated
As part of the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, in accordance with New York State Executive Order 202.6, Empire State Development guidance and New York City Emergency Executive Order 103, all work on non-essential construction and demolition sites is suspended for the duration of this state of emergency.


COVID-19 Response – Application Processing - Updated
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being encouraged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Wednesday, March 18, customers are strongly encouraged to make use the of following methods.


COVID-19 Response: Certificates of Correction and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Renewal Payments
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Certificate of Correction documents and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) payments must be submitted online.


COVID-19 Response: Weekly Safety Inspection Reports and New Customer Service Office Hours
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Saturday, April 4, 2020, Weekly Safety Inspection Reports must be submitted online, and all DOB customer service locations will close at 2:00 pm for drop-offs and in-person transactions.


COVID-19 Response: Essential Construction Requests for Electrical and Limited Alteration Applications (LAA), Records Management Fee Payments and Reinstatement of BIS Jobs
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Friday, April 3, 2020, an Essential Construction questionnaire is required for new Electrical and Limited Alteration Applications (LAA). Records Management Fee payments and Reinstatement requests for BIS jobs must be submitted online.


Benchmarking Reporting: Guidance Regarding Building Characteristics
Guidance regarding building characteristics has been developed to assist with required Benchmarking Reporting for Local Laws: 84 of 2009, 133 of 2016, 33 of 2018 and 95 of 2019.


COVID-19 Response: Civil Penalty Review Requests (L2) and Post Approval Amendment (PAA) Payments
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Thursday, April 2, 2020, Civil Penalty Review Requests (L2) and Post Approval Amendment (PAA) payments must be submitted online.


March

COVID-19 Response: Cranes Filings (Phase One) Launch in DOB NOW: Build Postponed Until Further Notice
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, the launch of crane filings in DOB NOW: Build scheduled for March 30, 2020, has been postponed until further notice.


COVID-19 Response: Litigation Papers, Subpoenas, and FOIL Requests
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Friday, March 27, 2020, litigation papers, subpoenas and FOIL requests cannot be hand-delivered until further notice.


Façade Inspection and Safety Program: Cycle 9 Amnesty Program for Non-Compliant Owners – Cycle 8 Owners Only
For a limited time only and in the interest of public safety, the Department of Buildings is offering an Amnesty Program to owners who failed to file (No Report Filed or NRF) a Façade Report during Cycle 8. The Façade Inspection and Safety Program (FISP) Cycle 8 reporting period ended February 20, 2020, and this amnesty period will allow owners to administratively close Cycle 8 with the Cycle 9 Report.


COVID-19 Response: Appointments for Standard Plan Review BIS Job Filings
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, there will be no in-person plan examination appointments for standard plan review BIS job filings and all plan sets and documents must be uploaded in eFiling.


COVID-19 Response: Enforcement
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. All enforcement units will be closed for walk-in service. Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, the following changes are in effect:


COVID-19 Response: Full Demolition and Site Safety Plans
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being urged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, the following changes are in effect.


COVID-19 Response: Administrative Enforcement (AEU) and Licensing Units Updates
As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are strongly encouraged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices. Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 the following changes are mandatory.


February

Periodic Parking Garage Inspections
New York State recently enacted requirements for the periodic inspection of parking garages. An initial condition assessment is required prior to a certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance being issued for a new structure. Existing buildings must complete an initial condition assessment prior to October 1,2019, October 1, 2020, or October 1, 2021, depending on the date of original construction. Following the initial condition assessment of a parking garage, such parking garage shall undergo periodic condition assessments every three years.


Filing Requirements for Applications Requiring Final Inspection by Registered Design Professional
Applications for most work types are required to have the final inspection performed by a Registered Architect or Professional Engineer (Registered Design Professional or ‘RDP’). For more information, see Buildings Bulletin 2018-008.


Cranes Filings (Phase One) to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
As of March 30, 2020, Crane Prototypes (CPs) and Crane Device (CDs) filings (new, amendments, and renewals) must be submitted in DOB NOW. The deadline to submit paper CP and CD applications is March 13, 2020.


2020 NYC Energy Conservation Code In Effect May 12
The 2020 New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) will go into effect on May 12, 2020, affecting all new buildings and alterations.


Interim Guidelines for Mechanical Systems Work Type Filing in DOB NOW: Build.


Follow-up #1: Local Law 59 of 2019 - Free Construction Project Status Updates Now Available by Email for DOB NOW: Build Jobs
Sign-up to receive free email notifications on the status of a construction project filed with the Department of Buildings in the Buildings Information System (BIS) and in DOB NOW: Build will begin February 19, 2020.


Refund Requests for Superseded Limited Alteration Applications (LAA)
Effective immediately, there will be no refunds issued for Superseded (LAA) filings. If the initial licensed contractor (License Master Plumber, Fire Suppression Contractor or Oil Burner Equipment Installer) is replaced on a LAA and a new licensed contractor takes responsibility for the work being performed, the filing fees paid by the initial licensed professional will remain with the application and will not be refunded.


January

Electrical Plan Review Unit Relocates to 80 Centre Street
On Monday, February 3, the Electrical Plan Review Unit (formerly the Electrical Advisory Board) is moving to the Hub located at 80 Centre Street, 3rd Floor.


Follow-up #1: Local Law 152 of 2016: Periodic Inspection of Gas Piping Systems Required
Effective January 1, 2020, gas piping systems in all buildings, except for buildings classified in occupancy group R-3, must be inspected by a Licensed Master Plumber (LMP), or a qualified individual working under the direct and continuing supervision of a LMP, at least once every four years according to the schedule set out in 1 RCNY §103-10.


Façades Unit Added to Customer Service Night
The Façades (Local Law) Unit will be open every Customer Service Night beginning on Tuesday, January 14 at 280 Broadway, 4th Floor in Manhattan.


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