Permits for installation pools are only issued to a Licensed General Contractor. DOB issues licenses to contractors qualified to perform construction work. However, renovations and alterations of 1, 2, 3 and 4 family homes and individual apartment units require Home Improvement Contractors (HIC) license issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs in addition to General Contractor (GC) license.
The GC must have a place of business in New York City as per AC §28-401.18. All licensees shall include their license number and business information on trucks, business cards and advertisements. See the NYC Administrative Code §28-418.
Licensed Contractors must register first to use DOB’s online permit processing DOB NOW system. A permit application must be completed online by the registered contractor for the issuance of a renovation permit. Prior to issuing a permit for the approved project, the following are required:
Payment of any unpaid Project Application fees.
Identification of responsible Special Inspection Agencies.
Request for waiver of penalties, stop work or violations (former L2 Form).
Licensee must have his license and insurance active and current.
The Administrative Code of the City of New York AC 28-301.1 requires owners to maintain their properties in a safe condition. All parties engaged in a construction or demolition operation, including but not limited to the owner, construction manager, general contractor, sub-contractors, material men, Registered Design Professionals, or other party to engage in sound design and engineering, safe construction or demolition practices, shall act in a reasonable and responsible manner to maintain a safe construction or demolition site per NYC Building Code BC 3301.1.1. Furthermore, any party engaged in construction or demolition work that results in damage to an adjacent property or if an accident occurs, DOB shall be notified.
Site Safety Regulations
For regulations related to the safety of persons employed on a construction site or during demolition operations, OSHA Standards shall apply per NYC BC 3301.1.
For regulations related to building’s waterproof integrity during construction process, see NYC BC 3309.9.
The permit holder is required to notify DOB prior to excavation per NYC BC 3304.3.1.
Construction or demolition operations shall also be conducted in conformance with the New York City Fire Code per NYC BC 3301.1.2
All equipment shall be used in accordance with the specifications of the manufacturer, where such specifications exist, in addition to the requirements of the NYC Building Code. Where there is a discrepancy, the stricter requirement shall apply per BC 3301.1.3.
Tobacco, lighters and matches are prohibited on asbestos abatement sites. Local Law 35/09.
Open fires are illegal on construction sites. NYC Fire Code §1404.3.
Approved portable fire extinguishers must be available on floors where combustible materials or liquids are stored, combustible waste is being generated and at the entrance of each storage and construction shed. NYC Fire Code §1415.1.
Temporary heating equipment used at construction sites must comply with FC 1403.
Pools are required to provide a temporary barrier during construction, as per BC 3109.6
All shanties and contractor sheds shall be built from fire-retardant or non-combustible materials and shall be located in safe area. NYC Building Code §3303.1.3.
AC 28-104.8.4 states construction documents for renovation in an occupied building during construction shall include a tenant protection plan. Such plan shall contain a statement that the building contains dwelling units, offices, or similar, that will be occupied during construction. It shall also include the specific units that are occupied during construction and the means and methods to be employed to safeguard the safety and health of the occupants with details such as temporary fire-rated assemblies, opening protective, or dust containment procedures. The elements of the tenant protection plan shall have detailed and specific provisions for egress, fire safety, structural safety, health requirements, and demonstrate compliance with housing standards and noise restrictions.
In an occupied building, protective means (barricades, signs, drop cloths, etc.), shall be installed and maintained as necessary to provide protection for the occupants against construction hazards and nuisances. Such protective means shall be indicated on the tenant protection plan per Section BC 3303.10.1.
Renovation projects such as excavation, demolition and façade repair require the installation of temporary construction equipment such as sidewalk sheds, fences, scaffolds, material chutes, hoist, etc., required to safely move materials associated with the project, and required for the protection of workers and the public, per Section AC 28-105.8 and Sections BC 3304, BC 3307, BC 3308, BC 3314. Also refer to Construction Project Guidelines for Temporary Construction Equipment. Special attention should go to restrictions on signage attached to temporary construction equipment. Typically, advertising signage may not be placed upon temporary construction equipment, while the placement of lawful accessory signage is limited per BC 3301.10.
For balance of site safety requirements, see NYC Building Code BC Chapter 33.