Project Requirements:
Electrical Systems Work & Site Requirements


Licensed Contractors and Registration

NYC 2011 Electrical Code Administrative defnes the two types of electrical licensing Master Electricians and Special Electricians. Electrical Code Administrative Provision (ECAP) §27-3013 establishes the Master Electricians place of business ECAP §27-3013.1 establishes the Special Electricians place of business. (Electrical Contractor Information)


Electrical Work Permit

Licensed Master and Special Electricians must register first to use the Department’s online permit processing E-Permit system. A permit application must be completed online by the Licensed for the issuance of an Electrical Permit. Prior to issuing a permit for the approved project, the following are required:

  • Payment of any unpaid Project Application fees.

  • Request for waiver of penalties, stop work or violations (former L2 Form).

  • Licensee must have his license and insurance active and current.


Insurance Requirements

Licensed Master and Special Electricians must have active and current insurance policies and must keep any registration, license and insurance policies current with the DOB Licensing Unit, enabling an Electricians status to be automatically checked and displayed when they submit a permit application. (Insurance requirements)

* Additional Project Specific Insurance may be required. See our Project Specific General Liability Insurance Tool.


Permit Duration

Permits have a maximum duration of three years from the date of issuance, per ECAP §27-3018.b. Permit expiration may coincide with the expiration date of General Liability Insurance or Project-Specific Insurance (§27-3013.4, §27-3013.1.b, and §27-3018.b.3). Such permit can be renewable and must be in effect at all times during which the equipment is at the work site.


Work Site Safety Requirements

The Administrative Code of the City of New York §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 parties, 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 3301.1.1. All work sites must remain in a safe and code compliant condition, free of electrical hazards. No live wires should be exposed or left unattended where persons may come into direct contact with them. Per BC 3301.8, any party engaged in construction or demolition work that results in damage to an adjacent property or if an accident occurs, the Department shall be notified.

All work permits shall be posted in a conspicuous place at the work site, visible to the public for the duration of the work, or until the expiration of the permit. No such permit shall be posted or displayed at any location other than the location of the premises for which the permit was issued. Where the permit is exposed to the weather, it shall be laminated or encased in a plastic covering to protect it from the elements.

Site Safety Regulations

  • For regulations related to the safety of persons employed on a construction site or during demolition operations, OSHA Standards apply per NYC Building Code 3301.1.

  • The permit holder is required to notify the Department prior to excavation per NYC Building Code 3304.3.1.

  • Construction or demolition operations must also be conducted in conformance with the New York City Fire Code per NYC Building Code 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 applies per NYC Building Code 3301.1.3.

  • Smoking on construction sites is illegal. NYC Building Code 3303.7.3 and NYC Fire Code §1404.1.

  • Open fires are illegal on construction sites per NYC Fire Code §1404.3.

  • Approved portable fire extinguishers must be available on floors or other locations where combustible materials or liquids are stored, combustible waste is being generated and at the entrance of each storage and construction shed per NYC Fire Code §1415.1.

  • Temporary heating equipment used at construction sites must comply with NYC Fire Code §1403.

  • If you have a Fire Department variance to use a coal-fired heater, you must minimize the fire load on concrete construction projects. NYC Building Code §3303.6 and NYC Fire Code §307.2.2. To apply for a variance, contact FDNY’s Bureau of Fire Prevention at (718) 999 – 2377.

  • Store materials away from flames per NYC Fire Code §308.2.

  • All shanties and contractor sheds shall be built from fire-retardant or non-combustible materials and shall be located in safe area BC §3303.16.

  • Where a means of ingress/egress to the property remains open to the public during the course of construction or demolition, walkways, pathways, and similar areas within the property line that provide a path of travel between the required means of ingress/egress and the public sidewalk or temporary walkway shall remain open per BC 3307.2.4.


Tenant/Occupant Protection Plan

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 (AC §28-104.8.4). Applicant-of record must fill out Tenant Protection Plan (TPP-1) form prior to approval of application.


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