This section contains a list of questions/tasks to help Owners, who are responsible for hiring professionals to provide compliance with the Construction Codes and other regulations discussed in the Project Guidelines.
The design team for the project should be hired and assembled by the Owner prior to beginning any construction. If an Owner is unfamiliar with construction regulations, he/she should consult a Registered Design Professional or reference the NYC Construction Codes and other regulations referenced in this guide for more information.
*Note:The Owner of the building/property is ultimately responsible for the project, and their signature/consent is required for submission of the project application by their design professional, and Department approval.*
Initial Project Checklist
Pre-Project: Make sure you hire a Registered Design Professional, a Professional Engineer (P.E.) or Registered Architect (R.A.), to ensure your project is Code-compliant.
Project Plans: Only a P.E. or R.A. can submit construction documents, including drawings and other submissions, to the Department for approval.
Asbestos Investigation: Have asbestos investigation performed on site to check for Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) that will be removed or disturbed.
Project Work: Hire a licensed or registered professional to perform the work. When hiring a professional, have a written contract that includes the Contractor’s company name, address and license number(s).
Commissioning: If your project requires commissioning, (all solar projects where the renewal energy generating capacity is 25 kW or greater) ensure you have a qualified commissioning agent perform the work. If required, commissioning must be filed with the Department prior to sign-off.
Work Completion: Ensure inspections and sign-offs are performed to close the project permit.
Work Without a Permit: Do not begin work without a DOB permit. Property Owners and the people performing work without a permit may receive orders to stop on-site work, ECB violations with monetary and criminal penalties including court appearances, and civil penalties.