When submitting construction documents to the Department, the principal Registered Design Professional, who is the Applicant of Record, is responsible for submission of the complete set at filing: application, drawings and coordination of required documents. The following information is provided to reduce the risk of Department enforcement actions and penalties.
During the design/pre-construction phase, a clear understanding of the NYC Construction Codes and other regulatory requirements is necessary when considering the project scope of work. By using the Project Guidelines Owners/Developers and Design Professionals can work together to determine the level of effort needed to comply with requirements.
Scope and Budget - Outline scope of work and budget estimate
Project Plans - Registered Design Professional prepares and finalizes project plans, with periodic review by the Owner; permit path selected (New York City Department of Buildings plan examination review or Professional Certification).
Project Reviews (Optional) – Submit a request for project consultation, with the Department to clarify compliance issues
Determinations (Optional) – Submit waivers, alternate equivalent designs, or other special considerations from the Department
Project Guidance (Optional) – Consult with the Department to review project scope, and guidance related to requirements for phasing work
Construction Documents & Online Submission (Required) - Completes online project intake forms, and electronically uploads project drawings, additional documents, and other required submissions
Project Plans - The Registered Design Professional prepares and finalizes project plans, with periodic review by the owner; permit path selected (Department plan examination review or professional certification).
*Note: Pro-Cert projects may be audited.*
Appointments (Required) - Disapproved and audited applications are marked with plan review comments; Registered Design Professionals must be prepared with resolutions of such comments for resubmission with revisions, or to discuss in appointments.
Pre-approval - Owners/Developers and Registered Design Professionals work together to determine the level of effort needed to comply with construction requirements; Contractors/Subcontractors can accurately determine relevant project-related costs in their bids.
Approval (Required) - Following the resolution of all comments including receipt of all necessary submissions, a project is approved to allow issuance of the project permit.
*Note: Special and Progress Inspections, performed by a Special Inspection Agency (SIA), may be required.
Certificate of Completion - Issued for some Renovation projects, most Repair projects, and Construction Equipment projects; a Final Inspection sign-off, which includes the submission of various documentation, inspections, tests, etc. results in the issuance of the certificate of completion.
Certificate of Occupancy - Issued for New Building (NB) and Alteration projects; after all related permit sign-offs are obtained and the Final Inspection is performed by the Department and is found acceptable, a Certificate of Occupancy is issued.
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