NYC Loft Board Relocates
On Thursday, February 7, 2019, the Loft Board is relocating from the 4th Floor of 280 Broadway to the 5th Floor.
2018 Benchmarking Compliance Deadline Extended
The 2018 Benchmarking compliance deadline for the 2017 calendar year has been extended. The 2017 calendar year data is now due no later than February 15, 2019.
REQUIREMENT: Use Construction Safety Compliance Forms
Effective February 11, 2019, all BEST Squad forms have been replaced with new Construction Safety Compliance (CSC) forms. In addition, applicants are required to use the CSC Appointment Request Form for: pre-demolition inspection, demolition sign-off, Site Safety Manager/Coordinator Program removal, sidewalk shed removal, and suspended scaffold pre-use inspection.
Follow-up #1: HPD Pilot Program Update
Per Local Law 1 of 2018, applicants submitting for plan approval, Post Approval Amendments (PAA), work permits for demolition (DM) or Alteration Types 1, 2, and 3 (Alt1, Alt2, Alt3) for an address flagged as a HPD Pilot Program building will be required to submit certain documentation to the Department to obtain plan approval or a work permit for covered categories of work.
Cranes & Derricks Forms Updated
Effective March 1, 2019 applicants filing new crane notifications (CN) must use the revised CD8, CD8-TR, and CD8-AD forms when documenting the inspections and tests performed for a Certificate of On-Site Inspection and submitting to the Cranes and Derricks Unit, pursuant to rule amendments contained in 1 RCNY 3319-01. CN filings prior to March 1, 2019 are permitted to use the current versions of the CD8 and CD6 forms, and will not be required to file the revised forms.
Event Recorder Required for Cranes
Effective January 1, 2019, no crane shall be issued or have renewed a certificate of operation unless the crane is equipped with an event recorder, pursuant to Local Law 79 of 2017. The event recorder must be installed to collect: the crane configuration, overload conditions, the status of limit switches, and operator overrides.
Plumbing, Fire Suppression & Electrical License Boards: Accepting Applications for Members
The Department is seeking electrical and plumbing experts to serve on the 2019 Master Plumbers & Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors License Board, the 2019 Master and Special Electrician License Board, and the Plumbing Operations Committees. The application deadline to be considered for participation is February 8, 2019.
Crane Age Limitation
Effective January 1, 2019, only cranes having an age of less than 25 years from the manufacture date may be used in New York City, pursuant to Local Law 3 of 2018.
New Construction Safety Units
The BEST Squad, Excavation/Interior Demolition and Scaffold Safety Units have been reorganized and two new units were created, the Construction Safety Enforcement Unit (CSE) and Construction Safety Compliance Unit (CSC). Both Units work to significantly increase safety compliance monitoring at construction sites throughout the City including the requirements of Local Law 196 of 2017.
Follow-up #6: Elevator Compliance Filings Service Notice (Category 5 Inspection/Test Reports)
New functionality in DOB NOW: Safety to allow for the filing of Category 5 Inspection/Test Reports if it has been more than six years since the last filing. These Category 5 Inspection/Test Report filings are required to be submitted in DOB NOW: Safety at www.nyc.gov/dobnow by March 31, 2019.
Local Law 160 of 2017: Covered Arrears
Based on Local Law 160 of 2017, the Department of Buildings will seek to revoke active permits for buildings whose owners owe more than $25,000 in covered arrears* to the City.
BIS Update: Occupied/Rent-Regulated Buildings and PW1 Owner’s Statements
Beginning December 15, 2018, applications in the Buildings Information System (BIS) will be stopped if data obtained from NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) indicates the building contains at least one rent-regulated unit and the owner checks ‘No’ in response to either statement in Section 26 of the PW1.
Follow-up #5: Elevator Compliance Filings Service Notice
New option in DOB NOW: Safety to allow for Elevator Inspection/Test Reports (ELV3) to be filed without a Witnessing Agency.
Follow-up #4: Elevator Compliance Filings Service Notice
To facilitate the transition to DOB NOW, elevator inspection reports, elevator test reports, and Affirmations of Correction filings submitted in DOB NOW: Safety between November 12, 2018 to March 31, 2019 will not be charged late fees.
Local Law 196 of 2017: New Form Created to Certify Correction for Summonses Issued for Failing to Comply with Site Safety Training Requirements
Effective November 13, 2018, the new AEU3321 form must be used to certify the correction of summonses issued for failing to comply with safety training requirements mandated by the New York City Building Code (BC) Section 3321.1 and/or Section 3321.2
Follow-up #3: Elevator Compliance Filings Service Notice
The deadline for resubmissions is extended to June 30, 2019 for 'rejected' Elevator Inspection/Test Reports (ELV3) and Affirmation of Correction (ELV29) filings for 2017 and prior year reporting cycles.
Place of Assembly and Temporary Place of Assembly to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
Effective December 10, 2018, all new Place of Assembly (PA) and Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) applications must be submitted in DOB NOW: Build at www.nyc.gov/dobnow.
Local Law 196 of 2017: Updated Training Deadlines and Clarification of Training Required for Competent Persons
Local Law 196 of 2017 requires certain workers and supervisors to receive safety training at construction sites that are required to designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager.
Filing Requirements for Applications Requiring Final Inspection by Registered Design Professional
Applications filed on or after August 9, 2018 for most work types are required to have the final inspection performed by a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect (Registered Design Professional or ‘RDP’). For more information, see Buildings Bulletin 2018-008.
New Web Addresses for Development HUB, License Renewals and Electrical Firm Account Payments
Effective Monday, November 5, 2018 at 10:00 am, the Department’s web page links to the payment portals for the for Development HUB, License Renewals and Electrical Firm Account Payments will be changed to the new addresses listed.
Credit Card Convenience Fee Change:
Credit card convenience fees will be changed from 2.49% to 2.00%. The credit card convenience service fees are assessed on the total payment amount due for online or in-person transactions.
Journeyman Registrations, Gas Work Qualifications, and Welder Licenses to Launch in DOB NOW: Licensing
Effective November 13, 2018, all new applications, renewals, and reissuances must be submitted in DOB NOW: Licensing for the following: Journeyman Registrations (Plumber & Fire Suppression), Gas Work Qualifications (Full & Limited), and Welder Licenses.
UPDATE: Limited Alteration Application (LAA) Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
Effective October 15, 2018, all new Limited Alteration Applications (LAA1) and Emergency Work Notifications (EWN) must be submitted in DOB NOW: Build.
Additional Elevator Application Filings now available in DOB NOW: Build
DOB NOW: Build has been updated to accept new elevator filings.
New Gas Work Qualification Requirement
Effective January 1, 2020, the Department will require anyone performing gas work to possess either a Department-issued Master Plumber License or a Qualification for Gas Work, pursuant to Local Law 150 of 2016.
Follow up #2 to Service Notice on Elevator Compliance Filings
To accommodate owners and industry members in transitioning to DOB NOW, the Department will continue to allow paper filings in certain circumstances.
New Requirement: HPD Pilot Program Mandates Owners to Submit Required Documents to DOB
Pursuant to Local Law 1 of 2018, effective September 28, 2018, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will develop a list of buildings identified as at risk for tenant harassment for a new pilot program. Owners of buildings on the HPD Pilot Program List will be required to submit a Certificate of No Harassment (CONH) or other HPD documentation to DOB in order to obtain plan approval or a work permit for covered categories of work.
Limited Alteration Application (LAA) Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build
Effective October 15, 2018, all new Limited Alteration Applications (LAA1) and Emergency Work Notifications (EWN) must be submitted in DOB NOW: Build. LAA filings submitted in DOB NOW will be permitted in real time.
New Online System for Plan Examination Appointments
The Department will launch a new online self-service appointment system on October 1, 2018. The new website will replace the current process of calling 311 to make appointments through the Plan Examination Notification System (PENS).
Follow Up to Service Notice on Elevator Compliance Filings
Additional information regarding the Elevator Compliance Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Safety Service Notice that paper elevator compliance filings will not be accepted after August 31, and effective September 17 must be submitted online.
AEU, Central Cashier, Central Filing and Billing, Central Inspections, LAA and Licensing Units Relocate
Beginning Monday, September 10, 2018, six central units are moving from the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors of 280 Broadway.
Elevator Compliance Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Safety
Effective September 17, 2018, all new inspection/test reports and notifications for elevators and other related devices must be submitted online through DOB NOW: Safety.
Updated Filing Requirements: Changes to Elevator Door Monitoring System
Effective May 20, 2018, elevator door monitoring work performed per Section 3.10.12 of Chapter K3 of Appendix K of the New York City Building Code.
Change in Safety Registration
Effective Immediately original applicants for Safety Registrations will need to submit the LIC7 application to firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
Electrical Enforcement Inspections Unit Relocates
Effective Monday, August 6, 2018 the Electrical Enforcement Inspections Unit is moving to One Centre Street, 23rd Floor, Room 2342.
Local Law 196 of 2017 Course Requirements and Additional Course Provider Requirements
The Department released a list of course topics in May 2018 detailing the required training curriculum for supervisors and workers, including a list of topics that could satisfy the training requirements. Course requirements for each topic are now available on the Department’s website. All courses must comply with the requirements.
New Ticket Kiosks at Two Manhattan Office Locations
Units in two Manhattan Department locations will begin using a self-service ticket issuing system. The self-service ticket issuing kiosks are expected to launch in late July 2018.
New Requirement: Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Required Documents
Beginning August 1, 2018, applicants will be required to submit the following documents prior to the issuance of a permit and prior to sign-off for a new building (NB) or major Alteration Type 1 (Alt1) for a location flagged as Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH).
Construction Superintendent and Concrete Safety Manager Registration Qualification Requirements and Form Updates
Effective April 26, 2018 the requirements to obtain a Concrete Safety Manager Registration have changed. The Concrete Safety Manager and Construction Superintendent applicants must both use the LIC2 form for original and renewal submissions. Please note, after July 9, 2018 the LIC3 form will no longer be accepted.
Gas Test and Gas Finish Self-Certifications Ending in Brooklyn and Staten Island
Effective August 1, 2018 Gas Test and Gas Finish self-certifications will no longer be allowed for work done in Brooklyn and Staten Island. A physical inspection witnessed by the Department of Buildings will be required. All inspections must be requested using DOB NOW: Inspections.
Sprinkler Compliance Reports - Local Law 26 of 2004
Deadline for 14 year sprinkler compliance reports in office buildings over 100 feet tall is July 1, 2018, as per Local Law 26 of 2004.
Diaper Changing Accommodations
Effective July 8, 2018, in accordance with Local Law 34 of 2018, male and female occupants in new and altered assembly Group A and mercantile Group M occupancies must have access to at least one safe, sanitary and convenient diaper changing station, deck, table or other similar amenity on each floor level containing public toilet rooms.
Tenant Protection Plan Notice to Occupants
Local Law 154 of 2017 requires owners to post or distribute a notice regarding the tenant protection plan (TPP) when the Department of Buildings issues the work permit.
L2 Form Updated – Work Without a Permit: Requesting an Override, Reduction or Waiver of Civil Penalties
Beginning July 20, 2018, the Department’s L2 Form with the revised date of 08/17 in the lower right corner will no longer be accepted. Applicants or property owners must submit the updated L2 Form with the revised date of 06/18 when requesting an override, reduction or waiver of civil penalties for work without a permit.
New Requirements for PW2 Work Permit Application
Beginning June 18, 2018, all applicants for work permits will be required to state on the PW2 the following items.
Energy Code Inspections
Effective May 2018, there is a new process in to resolve Energy Code Violations and Notices of Deficiency (NODs).
Filing Requirements: Changes to Elevator Door Monitoring System
Effective May 20, 2018, elevator door monitoring work performed per Section 3.10.12 of chapter K3 of Appendix K of the New York City Building Code.
Civil Penalties Increased for Violation of a Stop Work Order (SWO)
Beginning June 18, 2018, the Department will increase the civil penalties for a violation of a Stop Work Order per Local Law 157 of 2017.
Changes to Assessment of Civil Penalties for Work Without a Permit (WWP)
Beginning June 18, 2018, the Department will increase the civil penalties for work without a permit per Local Law 156 of 2017.
New Audit Template for LL87/09 Energy Audits and Retro - Commissioning Reporting Requirement
Effective immediately, the NYC Department of Buildings will be utilizing the U.S. Department of Energy’s Asset Score Audit Template (Audit Template) as the Energy Audit Data Collection Tool for LL87/09 energy audit reporting requirements.
Local Law 196 of 2017: Site Safety Training (SST) Curriculum
Local Law 196 of 2017 requires certain workers and supervisors to receive safety training at construction sites that are required to designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager. Training will be provided by private course providers approved by the Department. The deadlines below indicate an effective date that will be extended to the later date if the Department determines there is insufficient capacity to provide training.
Requirement: Injuries and Fatalities Must be Reported to Department Within Three Business Days
Local Law 78 of 2017 requires the property owner, contractor, subcontractor, or person otherwise in control of a construction site to report specific information about any site incident that resulted in a fatality or injury to a construction worker or member of the public to the Department of Buildings within three (3) business days.
2018 Benchmarking Compliance Deadline Extended
2018 Benchmarking compliance for the 2017 calendar year has been extended. The 2017 calendar year data is now due no later than December 31, 2018.
Reminder: Local Law 196 of 2017: Construction Safety Training
Local Law 196 of 2017 requires workers and supervisors at certain construction sites receive safety training.
Construction Superintendents: Limit of Ten Jobs
Effective April 30, 2018, the Department will not issue or renew a permit if the designated Construction Superintendent is already designated on ten (10) or more active permits.
Local Law 196 of 2017: Construction Safety Training
Local Law 196 of 2017 requires that workers and supervisors at certain construction sites receive safety training.
New Requirement for Alteration Type 1 Jobs – Total Building Square Footage
On March 5, 2018, the Department of Buildings implemented New Application Fees for New Buildings and Alteration Filings. The number of stories, the total building square footage, project cost and the building type are required to calculate the new fees for New Building (NB) and Alteration Type 1 applications, including amendments and corrections.
DOB NOW: Build Requirement for Building Plan Submissions
Effective April 9, 2018, all building plans submitted in DOB NOW: Build will be required to include the DOB NOW job number, with the extension that indicates initial (I1), amendment (P1) or subsequent (S1) etc., on the lower right hand side of each drawing sheet.
NEW Permit Fees for New Buildings and Alteration Filings
Effective March 5, 2018, new permit fees specified in Local Law 56 of 2016 will be programmed in the Department systems.
Master and Special Electrician Original and Renewal License Applicants Subject to OATH/ECB Civil Penalties Review
In compliance with Local Law 47 of 2016, a Master or Special Electrician license will not be issued or renewed if the applicant owes penalties imposed by the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings/Environmental Control Board (OATH/ECB), as well as other fines or penalties payable to the City of New York (City).
Change to DOB NOW Payment Screens
Beginning on February 12, 2018, the third-party payment provider for DOB NOW: Build and DOB NOW: Safety is changing as mandated by the New York City Department of Finance.
Local Law 196 of 2017: Construction Safety Training
Local Law 196 of 2017 requires workers and supervisors at certain construction sites receive safety training. The safety training requirements will be phased-in in three parts beginning on March 1, 2018, with full training being required no later than September 1, 2020.
Local Law 188 of 2017: Real Time Enforcement for Occupied Multiple Dwellings
Beginning January 28, 2018, Owners of occupied multiple dwellings are required to complete an online notification form to notify the Department in writing at least 72 hours before beginning work.
Amendments to Electrical Job Filings (ED16A)
Amendments to ED16As filed before December 4, 2017 will be processed through eFiling for a 90-day period ending on April 1, 2018.
New York City Electrical Code Revision Committee Accepting Applications for Members
The Department is seeking applicants to serve on the 2018 Electrical Code Revision Committee. To be considered for committee membership, a completed application must be signed and submitted, including all required documentation, to the Department by February 9, 2018.
Local Law 133/16: Benchmarking Compliance for Mid-size Buildings
Local Law 133/16 requires owners of applicable, mixed-use and residential buildings to submit energy and water consumption data to the City annually.
Plumbing, Fire Suppression and Electrical License Boards: Accepting Applications for Members
The Department is seeking electrical and plumbing experts to serve on the 2018 Master Plumbers & Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors License Board and the 2018 Master and Special Electrician License Board. The application deadline to be considered for participation is February 16, 2018.
Review Fees for Construction Codes Determinations and Zoning Resolution Determinations
Effective January 28, 2018, Construction Codes Determination (CCD1) requests and Zoning Resolution Determination (ZRD1) requests submitted to the Department for review are subject to the following fees per §28-112.2 of the NYC Administrative Code, and the Rules of the Department 1RCNY 101-03.
Requirement: Plumbing NB/Alt-1 Certificate of Occupancy and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Sign-off Submission in DOB NOW: Inspections
Beginning January 16, 2018, paper requests for plumbing sign-off for NB/Alt1 Certificate of Occupancy (CO) and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) will not be accepted in the borough offices. Requests must be submitted through DOB NOW: Inspections.
New Requirement: Place of Assembly Inspection Requests for Emergency Lighting Documents to be Uploaded in DOB NOW: Inspections
Beginning January 16, 2018, the Electrician’s Emergency Lighting Letter and the Emergency Lighting (TR1) must be uploaded in DOB NOW: Inspections to request a Place of Assembly inspection.
Requirement: Electrical NB/Alt-1 Certificate of Occupancy Sign-off Submission in DOB NOW: Inspections
Beginning January 16, 2018, paper requests for electrical sign-off for Electrical NB/Alt-1 Certificate of Occupancy (CO) will not be accepted in the borough offices. Users associated with a job record (owners, licensed professionals and delegates) must submit requests in DOB NOW: Inspections.
Civil Penalties Increased for Work Without a Permit
Recent legislation, on December 28, 2017, has increased the civil penalties for Work Without a Permit violations.
Civil Penalties Increased for Violation of a Stop Work Order (SWO)
Recent legislation, on December 28, 2017, has increased the civil penalties for Stop Work Order violations.
Construction Safety Training: Information Sessions for Local Law 196 of 2017
The Department will host periodic information sessions to provide guidance of Local Law 196 of 2017 requirements. Local Law 196 of 2017 will require workers at various types of construction sites receive site safety training. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.
DOB NOW: Build Information Sessions for Electrical Job Filings
The Department will host information sessions in January to demonstrate the DOB NOW: Build online system which launched December 4, 2017 for Electrical filings. Due to space limitations, advance registration is mandatory for all attendees.