Project Requirements:
Shoring, Excavation, Underpinning of Foundations, and Installation of Ground Structures, including Retaining Walls, Flagpoles, Signs and Other Structures: Allowable Work Without A Registered Design Professional Submitting Construction Documents For Department Approval


Permits are tied to the project’s scope of work and work type, and the permits are regulated according to the nature of the work, licensing, and registration requirements for the work being performed. There are several aspects of work for shoring, underpinning, retaining walls, flagpoles, signs and other ground structure projects, including but not limited to the excavation of soil, concrete work, masonry work, or providing electrical service, which can only be performed by contractors with specialized licenses to perform such required work. Permits are issued to these registered trade license holders.


Licensed Electrician

A new installation, alteration, or repair of electric wires, wiring apparatuses and appliances or equipment shall be performed by a NYC Licensed Electrical Contractor. All electrical work such as, but not limited to, installing conduits, wires, lighting fixtures and switches, panelboards, and controls, etc., require an electrical permit before commencing such electrical work.

The Electrical Contractor shall coordinate with the Registered Design Professional (RDP), other members of the design team, and all other construction trade contractors where projects have other aspects to the work in addition to electrical. For such projects, the Department only requires the submission of a separate electrical permit application. When an electrical permit application by the Licensed Electrical Contractor includes a large electrical installation (see classifications of large installations under electrical advisory board plan examination listed below) or requires NYC Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) compliance, such an electrical permit application must reference the general project application number for permit issuance.

Electrical construction documents are not required to be submitted by a Registered Design Professional to the Department as part of the electrical or general permit application, except electrical construction documents must be submitted to the Department to obtain an electrical permit as follows:

  • Electrical Advisory Board plan examination.  Submitted by either a Registered Design Professional or a Licensed Electrician
    • Electrical Equipment with a capacity of 1000 KVA or larger.
    • Electrical installation that utilizes 1000 Volt or higher.
    • Electrical Service Installations with 1000 KVA totaling.
  • Fire Department Requirements.  Construction documents, prepared by a Registered Design Professional, shall be part of the project submittal for new installations or alterations of an existing fire alarm system.  Review shall be performed by an FDNY plan examiner.

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