Project Requirements:
Storefront: Allowable Work Without A Registered Design Professional Submitting Construction Documents For Department Approval


Permits are tied to the project 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 Storefront work, including but not limited to the installation of the storefront, installing lintels, installing awnings, electric wiring, lighting, and the repair or replacement of interior/exterior finishes, which can only be performed by contractors with specialized licenses to perform such required work, and 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 New York City 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 scope of work in addition to electrical work. For such projects, the Department 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.
  • Energy Conservation Code Compliance. Submitted by a Licensed Electrician
    • Lighting Power Density to demonstrate Energy Code compliance (small jobs using a simple calculation). Please note this is in addition to other construction document submittal requirements required for Plan Examination; please refer to NYCECC C406.3, C406.4, and Table C405.5.2(2) for these requirements.
  • 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.

Additional Requirements for Registrant


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