Specialty Unit Frequently Asked Questions


ERT - Frequently Asked Questions
1.  What is the Emergency Response Team (ERT)?
2.  What type of emergencies does ERT respond to?
3.  How are emergencies reported?
4.  What information is needed to report an emergency?
5.  What is the contact number for ERT?
6.  Does ERT meet with members of the public?
7.  Does ERT issue violations, stop work orders, or vacates?


1.  What is the Emergency Response Team (ERT)?   

ERT is a team of inspectors who respond to citywide accidents and incidents 24/7/365 and provides EOC (Emergency Operations Center) functions and initial response 7 days a week including holidays.

2.  What type of emergencies does ERT respond to?

ERT responds to building collapses, fires, car into buildings, scaffold collapse, illegal occupancies, façade failures, unsafe work sites, crane accidents, building explosions, M.A.R.C.H. program (Multiple Agency Response to Community Hotspots), and anything that requires an immediate response from DOB.

3.  How are emergencies reported?

ERT typically receives emergency calls from the New York City Police Department (NYPD), NYC Fire Department (FDNY), New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM), and any other City or State agency requesting DOB response.

4.  What information is needed to report an emergency?

The staff member receiving the emergency call will record: the name and agency of the caller, date and time of the call, follow up call number, address, and nature of emergency.

5.  What is the contact number for ERT?

The Emergency Operations Center can be reached at (212) 393-2127.

6.  Does ERT meet with members of the public?

ERT will meet with members of the public when requested, but does not have a public counter.

7.  Does ERT issue violations, stop work orders, or vacates?

ERT does issue violations, stop work orders, vacates, and any other order available to the department. ERT doesn’t perform re-inspections for rescissions. All requests for rescissions should be scheduled through the Borough office in which they were issued.



Padlock - Frequently Asked Questions

1.  How do I file a complaint against an illegal business in a residential neighborhood?
2.  Why was a notice posted on my door to call for an inspection?
3.  I received a Warning of Impending Padlock letter stating there is a complaint against my property of illegal commercial and/or manufacturing uses. What should I do?
4.  Can I operate a business in my home?
5.  Is there assistance in relocating my business?
6.  I received a Notice of Petition and Hearing. What should I do? Where do I go? Do I need a lawyer?
7.  Is a padlocked property for sale by the Department of Buildings?
8.  My property has been padlocked by Order of the Commissioner. Can I gain access to the property?
9.  How do I have an Order of Closure removed from my property?
10.  Who should I contact to find out the status of a Padlock complaint?


1.  How do I file a complaint against an illegal business in a residential neighborhood?   

If you have reason to believe that an illegal business is being conducted in a residential neighborhood, you can call 311, the New York City Citizens Service Center, to file a complaint.

2.  Why was a notice posted on my door to call for an inspection?

A complaint was filed with the Department of Buildings against your property. When the Buildings Department Inspector visited your property to investigate the validity of the complaint, the inspector could not gain access to the premises. The notice was posted so that you would contact the Department of Buildings’ Padlock Unit at (212) 393-2622 or complete a Request an Inspection Form.

3.  I received a Warning of Impending Padlock letter stating there is a complaint against my property of illegal commercial and/or manufacturing uses. What should I do?

Correct the observed illegal conditions and call the Padlock Unit at (212) 393-2622 or Re-Inspection Request Form  online to close the complaint. If you have any questions, contact the Padlock Unit for additional information and further instructions.

4.  Can I operate a business in my home?

Generally, one can operate a business from home if one's business does not occupy more than 25% of one's home or apartment (up to 500 square feet) and one does not have any employees. For information on exceptions and additional limitations on home occupations, please see the definition of home occupation under Section 12-10 of the New York City Zoning Resolution from the Department of City Planning.

5.  Is there assistance in relocating my business?

Yes. If you would like assistance in relocating your business to an appropriate location, you may contact at the Department of Business Solutions  at (212) 618-8810.

6.  I received a Notice of Petition and Hearing. What should I do? Where do I go? Do I need a lawyer?

You should appear for your hearing on the date and time indicated on the Notice at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), 40 Rector Street, Sixth Floor, New York, New York 10006. An Attorney or other authorized representative may represent you, cross-examine witnesses and produce evidence and witnesses in your defense. If you are representing yourself, you may call the assigned Department of Building attorney listed on the Notice of Petition and Hearing to discuss the case.

7.  Is a padlocked property for sale by the Department of Buildings?

The Department of Buildings does not engage in the purchase or sale of padlocked properties. You must contact the property owner.

8.  My property has been padlocked by Order of the Commissioner. Can I gain access to the property?

If you are the owner, occupant, or a person able to prove an interest in the property, access can be obtained for the purposes of correcting the violating conditions or removing items from padlocked premises. The applicant must complete and file a notarized Request for Access to Premises Form (PE7).  The PE7 Instructions  will aid you in completing the form. All forms can be requested by calling the Padlock Unit at (212) 393-2622.

9.  How do I have an Order of Closure removed from my property?

If you would like to have the order of closure against your property rescinded, you must remove all violating uses from the premises and fill out the Rescission of Order of Closure Form (PE5a). Return the completed and notarized form with your original signature to the Department’s Padlock Unit. You may download the PE5a form or you may request a form by calling (212) 393-2622. If you need access for correction, see the answer to question eight above regarding access.

10.  Who should I contact to find out the status of a Padlock complaint?

Call 311 or go to 311Online. For additional question contact the New York City Department of Buildings Padlock Unit located at 280 Broadway - 5th Floor, New York, NY 10007. The telephone number is (212) 393-2622.



Facade - Frequently Asked Questions

1.  How should I file these applications?
2.  Will the contractor need to pull a permit under the SSP A3?
3.  What is the work type?
4.  Do I have to file a PW-3?
5.  How do I file a revision to the SSP A3?
6.  What information should be placed in the “job description” field on the PW-1 for the SSP A3?
7.  How do I get the required item for site safety satisfied in the underlying work application so the contractor can pull a permit?
8.  Will the open SSP A3 affect issuance of TCO or CO?
9.  Must the contractor keep the SSP A3 on site?
10.  Are there types of façade work that cannot be filed as an SSP A3?
11.  Can an applicant take advantage of the 2014 Code and revised 1 RCNY 3310.01 for SSPs approved prior to December 31, 2014?
12.  Do I need landmarks approval, asbestos letter or any TR1s?



1.  How should I file these applications?

These applications must be filed Pro-Cert and Non-Directive 14 only.

2.  Will the contractor need to pull a permit under the SSP A3?

No, the filing should be a no work filing. An SSP is a logistics plan and not a work plan. All underlying work (façade restoration) and any temporary construction equipment requiring filing should be filed under separate applications, as is the current protocol. No required items need be provided

3.  What is the work type?

The work type is OT SSP Façade.

4.  Do I have to file a PW-3?

No, a PW3 is not required if you eFile. Upload an AI1  and state that a PW3 is not required. If you file with the HUB, upload a blank PW3 . If you file in the borough the clerk will waive the requirement.

5.  How do I file a revision to the SSP A3?

Revisions to the SSP must be filed as a Post-Approval Amendment (PAA) to the initial A3 filing, not as an AI1. Existing protocol should be followed.

6.  What information should be placed in the “job description” field on the PW-1 for the SSP A3?

The job description field in the SSP A3 PW-1 must contain the following language verbatim: "Facade SSP Filed in Conjunction with Application …….." Provide the BIS application number for the underlying restoration work. The underlying work application must be on file in BIS (A/P Status) at the time of the SSP A3 filing but does not have to be approved.

7.  How do I get the required item for site safety satisfied in the underlying work application so the contractor can pull a permit?

Once the SSP A3 is approved in BIS proceed as follows.

  • Notify the BEST Squad by email at SFaçade@buildings.nyc.gov and include the following information in the subject line:

    • Filing Address_SSP Application #_Underlying Work Application #_Date of Approval of Underlying Work Application_Request Required Item Be Satisfied in BIS
    • Example: 280 Broadway_SSP A3 123456789_ALT 2 321654987_06-09-15_Request Required Item Be Satisfied in BIS
  • Attach the approved SSP to the email notification as a PDF file
  • Make sure "yes" for site safety is checked in section #9 of the PW-1 of the underlying work application
  • The underlying work application must be approved prior to sending the email request for satisfaction of the site safety required item
  • BEST Squad staff will review the email account on a daily basis and process the request for satisfaction of the required item. A confirmation email will be sent when the required item is satisfied in BIS
8.  Will the open SSP A3 affect issuance of TCO or CO?

The SSP A3 application will remain open in BIS and will not affect the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy or Temporary Certificates of Occupancy.

9.  Must the contractor keep the SSP A3 on site?

The approved SSP A3 and any revisions shall be kept on site and available upon request until the underlying work application is closed out (signed off in BIS).

10.  Are there types of façade work that cannot be filed as an SSP A3?

Typical Façade Alterations shall not include the recladding of a structure. For the purposes of this notice, façade recladding is defined as the removal of the exterior building envelope and replacement with a new exterior building envelope; or the installation of a new exterior building envelope over the existing façade.

11.  Can an applicant take advantage of the 2014 Code and revised 1 RCNY 3310.01 for SSPs approved prior to December 31, 2014?

Yes, provided the SSP is amended and the following notes are placed on the SSP. These notes should also be included on all SSPs filed on or after December 31, 2014:

  • This SSP is filed in compliance with the 2014 NYC Building Code (28- 104.2.1; 28-105.12.8; 28-110.1; 3310.3)
  • Site safety manger oversight is in compliance with 1 RCNY 3310.01.

Note: SSPs previous filed and approved by BEST can be revised using the A3 SSP protocol. However, the entire previously approved SSP must be submitted with the revision as an A3. You cannot just file the revised Item.

12.  Do I need landmarks approval, asbestos letter or any TR1s?

No, they will be received under the underlying Alt 2 application



Scaffolds & Sheds - Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What is a sidewalk shed? What is its purpose?
2.  When is a sidewalk shed required?
3.  What is a pipe scaffold?
4.  Who has jurisdiction over pipe scaffolds and sidewalk sheds?
5.  What is a suspension or hanging scaffold?
6.  Is a permit required for suspension scaffold work?
7.  Who has jurisdiction over suspension scaffolds?


1.  What is a sidewalk shed? What is its purpose?

A sidewalk shed is a structure constructed to protect pedestrians from objects falling from a building or construction site.

2.  When is a sidewalk shed required?

When construction work is over 40 feet high, or 25 feet high for a demolition, and whenever there is a dangerous condition, irrespective of the height.

3.  What is a pipe scaffold?

A pipe scaffold is a structure designed to support workers who are doing construction or alteration work. It is built with pipes and work platforms and erected from the ground up next to the exterior wall of a building. It is stationary (it does not move).

4.  Who has jurisdiction over pipe scaffolds and sidewalk sheds?

The Construction Division of each Department of Buildings’ borough office.

5.  What is a suspension or hanging scaffold?

A suspension scaffold is a work platform supported by cables or rope from the roof or setback of a building. It is designed to support workers who are doing work on the outside of a building. It is moved horizontally and vertically as the work progresses.

6.  Is a permit required for suspension scaffold work?

If staging or outrigger beams are used either on the roof or setback to support the scaffold, then a staging and outrigger notice must be filed and approved by the Cranes & Derricks Division.

7.  Who has jurisdiction over suspension scaffolds?

The Department of Buildings’ Cranes & Derricks Unit



Signs FAQ
1.  Who do I contact about non-commercial signs and awning permits or sign-offs on newly installed signs of any type?
2.  Who do I contact about elevator signs?
3.  Who do I contact about a bill I received for an annual marquee permit, annual illuminated sign permit, place of assembly inspection fee, boiler inspection fee, or elevator inspection fee?
4.  Where do I find more information about the sign law and registration for Outdoor Advertising Companies?
5.  What is an illuminated sign?
6.  Do I need to obtain a permit to erect an illuminated sign?
7.  How do I obtain a permit for an illuminated sign?
8.  How often must the illuminated sign permit be renewed?
9.  What should I do when I remove a sign from my property?
10.  How do I cancel an illuminated sign permit?
11.  The wording of my illuminated sign has changed; must I modify my illuminated sign permit?
12.  How do I change the wording on the illuminated sign permit?
13.  I received a bill for an illuminated sign permit but I am not the owner of the property where the sign is located. What can I do?
14.  I received a bill to renew an illuminated sign permit but the information in the bill is incorrect. What can I do?
15.  I submitted payment to renew my illuminated sign permit but I never received the new permit. What should I do?
16.  What should I do if I receive the illuminated sign permit but do not receive a bill?
17.  Why is the Department of Finance billing me for my illuminated sign permit when these charges are for fees due to the Department of Buildings?
18.  How is the annual illuminated sign permit fee calculated?
19.  Are there regulations for erecting an illuminated sign in New York City, e.g., maximum size, wording, formatting, etc.?
20.  I received a violation related to an illuminated sign on my property. What should I do?
21.  What is a Site Safety inspection?
22.  I have a question about an illuminated sign on my property. How do I cancel the annual billing of this sign permit, remove the sign, or change the wording on the sign?


1.  Who do I contact about non-commercial signs and awning permits or sign-offs on newly installed signs of any type?

Contact the Construction Inspection Division of the appropriate borough office.

2.  Who do I contact about elevator signs?

Contact the Department’s Elevator Unit.

3.  Who do I contact about a bill I received for an annual marquee permit, annual illuminated sign permit, place of assembly inspection fee, boiler inspection fee, or elevator inspection fee?

Contact the Department’s Central Filing and Billing unit.

4.  Where do I find more information about the sign law and registration for Outdoor Advertising Companies?

Visit the Signs page.

5.  What is an illuminated sign?

An illuminated sign is a sign that is illuminated by electrical means. All wiring and accessory electrical equipment shall conform to the provisions of the NYC Electrical Code.

6.  Do I need to obtain a permit to erect an illuminated sign?

All illuminated signs require permits from the Department of Buildings. Nearly all signs regardless of illumination require permits as well.

7.  How do I obtain a permit for an illuminated sign?

All requests for sign permits must be submitted through DOB NOW: Build.

8.  How often must the illuminated sign permit be renewed?

An illuminated sign permit must be renewed annually. The permit is issued by the Department of Buildings, but the bill is generated by the Department of Finance. The bill is sent to the property owner mailing address, not the tenant. The tenant must contact the property owner for the illuminated sign permit.

9.  What should I do when I remove a sign from my property?

The property owner must notify the Department of Buildings that they are canceling the permit.

10.  How do I cancel an illuminated sign permit?

To cancel an illuminated sign permit, you must submit a statement from a New York City licensed electrician indicating that the sign has been properly removed or de-electrified. The statement must be on company letterhead and shall include the following information:

  • The date of removal (if known)
  • The electrician's license number
  • The address, borough, tax block, and lot number of the property where the sign was located
  • The illuminated sign permit number
  • The dimensions of the sign (height and length if known)
  • A statement indicating whether any other illuminated signs are at the location and if so, the dimensions (height and length) of each sign
  • A statement indicating that the conditions after the removal of the sign comply with the NYC Electrical Code and that no exposed wiring exists or is visible.
  • A photograph of the premise (front and side view) where sign was located must be submitted.

11.  The wording of my illuminated sign has changed; must I modify my illuminated sign permit?

Yes. The illuminated sign permit must reflect the current wording on the illuminated sign.

12.  How do I change the wording on the illuminated sign permit?

To change the wording on the illuminated sign permit, the property owner must submit a signed letter indicating the following information:

  • The new wording on the sign
  • The address, tax borough, block, and lot numbers where the sign is located
  • The illuminated sign permit number (if known)
  • The dimensions of the sign (Height X Length)

13.  I received a bill for an illuminated sign permit but I am not the owner of the property where the sign is located. What can I do?

You should mark the bill as "Wrong Owner" and mail it back to:
New York City Department of Buildings
Attn. Central Filing and Billing (CFB)
280 Broadway - 6th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10007

14.  I received a bill to renew an illuminated sign permit but the information in the bill is incorrect. What can I do?

You should indicate on the bill what is not correct and mail it back to:
New York City Department of Buildings
Attn. Central Filing and Billing (CFB)
280 Broadway - 6th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10007

15.  I submitted payment to renew my illuminated sign permit but I never received the new permit. What should I do?

If the permit renewal is not received after payment is submitted, the owner/managing agent of the property can contact Central Filing and Billing. Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Address where sign is located
  • Borough, Tax Block, and Lot Number
  • Permit Number (if known)

Note: Tenants are advised to speak to their owner/managing agent before contacting the Department. An illuminated sign permit cannot be issued to the tenant of the property unless written authorization is given by the owner/managing agent.

16.  What should I do if I receive the illuminated sign permit but do not receive a bill?

Please contact the Department of Finance's hotline at (212) 504-4080. The permit is issued by the Department of Buildings but the bill is generated by the Department of Finance. The bill is sent to the property owner mailing address, not the tenant. The tenant must contact the property owner for the illuminated sign permit.

17.  Why is the Department of Finance billing me for my illuminated sign permit when these charges are for fees due to the Department of Buildings?

The Department of Finance provides billing services for many city agencies. Payments for illuminated sign permits should be made payable to the Department of Finance and sent directly to the address noted on the bill. Payments sent to the Department of Buildings will be returned to sender.

18.  How is the annual illuminated sign permit fee calculated?

The permit fee is established by the New York City Administrative Code, Section 26-212 as amended by Local Law 56 of 2016. Please see Table 28-112.2 for further information. The fee is based on the type of sign and the dimensions (square footage) of the sign. Any change in dimensions will require a new application to be filed.

19.  Are there regulations for erecting an illuminated sign in New York City, e.g., maximum size, wording, formatting, etc.?

Yes. Many regulations exist regarding installation of signage. For information regarding the laws regulating location and size of a sign, please contact the appropriate Borough office Plan Examination Unit.

20.  I received a violation related to an illuminated sign on my property. What should I do?

Questions pertaining to an existing or recently issued violation may be directed to the Construction Division in the appropriate Borough office. Some information may be available on the Buildings Information System. Copies of violations can also be obtained at the Borough office.

21.  What is a Site Safety inspection?

Site Safety is the inspection of new building construction for high rises of 15 stories or 200 feet and taller, or lot coverage of 100,000 square feet or more. The BEST Squad often inspects Site Safety buildings. Buildings that are not covered by Site Safety regulations are usually inspected by Department of Buildings’ borough construction inspectors.

22.  I have a question about an illuminated sign on my property. How do I cancel the annual billing of this sign permit, remove the sign, or change the wording on the sign?

Contact the Department’s Central Filing and Billing Unit.



Elevators - Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What is my elevator device number?
2.  Do I have any violations on my boiler or elevator?
3.  Do I need a permit to install an elevator or boiler?
4.  Do I need to file with Buildings for an installation of any elevator device if it is in a private residence?
5.  Do I need a permit to renovate, remodel or remove an elevator?
6.  Where do I get the application forms to file for elevators/boilers?
7.  How do I get my elevator inspected and when will the inspectors arrive?
8.  I need someone to fix/repair my elevator.


1.  What is my elevator device number?

Your elevator device number is located on the inspection certificate located either in the elevator or in the building manager’s office. It identifies the type of elevator, the borough location and the number assigned to the device by the Department of Buildings.

2.  Do I have any violations on my elevator?

Research information through DOB NOW: Safety. See the June 2020 Service Notice for more information. Also review Resolving Department of Buildings Violations.

3.  Do I need a permit to install an elevator or boiler?

Yes. An elevator application permit must be filed through DOB NOW: Build. A boiler application (PW1) should be filed at 280 Broadway, 1st Floor, by your Contractor/boiler-installer.

4.  Do I need to file with Buildings for an installation of any elevator "device" if it is in a private residence?

Yes. You need to file with the Department of Buildings and have an initial inspection.

5.  Do I need a permit to renovate, remodel or remove an elevator?

Yes. An application permit must be filed through DOB NOW: Build.

6.  Where do I get the application forms to file for elevators/boilers?

The application to file for elevators is found in DOB NOW: Build. Application forms for boilers can be obtained at 280 Broadway, 1st Floor or at any borough office.

7.  How do I get my elevator inspected and when will the inspectors arrive?

The NYC Building Code requires three inspections within two years. Inspections are performed through a computerized routing system; specific inspection dates are not given to the public or owner. To register a complaint about an elevator, call 311.

8.  I need someone to fix/repair my elevator.

The Department of Buildings does not repair elevators; it only inspects them. To register a complaint about an elevator that is not working properly, call 311.



Retaining Wall FAQ
1.  What is the formal definition of the public-right-away?
2.  Does the definition of public right-of-way include entry courtyards or plazas that are open to the public but are on private property? What if such courtyards have gates that only allow for access by building occupants and guests?
3.  My multi-family dwelling has multiple fire escapes directly adjacent to the rear (side) of the retaining wall(s). The egress pathway is not accessible to the general public. Do I need to file a TR16 report?
4.  The retaining wall in front of my residence/building is directly adjacent to the public sidewalk but is less than 10 feet in height. Do I need to file a TR16 report?
5.  How do I prove to DOB that my retaining wall is less than 10 feet in height?
6.  The retaining wall on the front of my property does not belong to my property. What do I need to submit to DOB regarding the ownership of the retaining wall?
7.  The retaining wall along the rear of my property is directly adjacent to train tracks. I believe that the wall belongs to NYC DOT/Metro-North/LIRR, and it is outside of my property. What do I need to submit to DOB regarding the ownership of the retaining wall?
8.  I have a retaining wall along the rear of my property that is not accessible by the general public. The height of the wall is over 10 feet in height. Do I need to file a TR16 report?
9.  Is there a fee for the filing of the RWIP11 forms requesting the removal of a DOB retaining wall violation?
10.  I know that the NYC Department of Buildings, has a retaining wall inspection program. Can the Department perform the retaining wall inspection under this program l?
11.  Can I include a check for the TR16 filing fees with my TR16 report?
12.  I have submitted a signed RWIP11 form with all the necessary attachments (i.e. property survey and photographs of my retaining wall), requesting the dismissal of my DOB retaining wall violation, but I have not received any response from the Department. How do I check the status of my retaining wall violation?
13.  Can I check the status of my retaining wall violation via the internet?
14.  Can my architect sign and seal the TR16 form? Do I need a professional engineer to sign the TR16 forms and the Retaining Wall Structural Assessment report?
15.  Can my Professional Engineer sign and seal only the TR16 form? Is the Retaining Wall Structural Assessment report also required?
16.  What generally needs to be included in the Retaining Wall Structural Assessment Report? Where can I get some guidance regarding what is to be included in the filing?
17.  I do not have any drawings for my retaining wall. Can I omit all the dimensions or show assumed dimensions in the TR16 filing drawings?
18.  How do I determine the actual dimensions of the retaining wall elements, If I do not have any drawings?
19.  Are detailed structural engineering calculations required as part of the Retaining Wall Structural Assessment Report??


1.  What is the formal definition of the public-right-away?

In accordance with 1RCNY §103-09 (a)(10) Public right-of way is defined as ‘A public highway, railroad, street, avenue, alley, public driveway, sidewalk, roadway or any other public place or public way.’

2.  Does the definition of public right-of-way include entry courtyards or plazas that are open to the public but are on private property? What if such courtyards have gates that only allow for access by building occupants and guests?

The elevation of a retaining wall is part of the public right-of-way if a member of the public who is not associated with the property in question can freely walk up to the façade of the building, even if that retaining wall is on private property.

3.  My multi-family dwelling has multiple fire escapes directly adjacent to the rear (side) of the retaining wall(s). The egress pathway is not accessible to the general public. Do I need to file a TR16 report?

If the egress pathway is physically separated from the exterior of the building (through a locked gate, access through the building, etc.), then a TR16 report is not required.

4.  The retaining wall in front of my residence/building is directly adjacent to the public sidewalk but is less than 10 feet in height. Do I need to file a TR16 report?

If your retaining wall is less than 10 feet in height you do not need to file a TR16 report.

5.  How do I prove to DOB that my retaining wall is less than 10 feet in height?

Provide a copy of your property survey, as well as photographs depicting the height of the retaining wall.

6.  The retaining wall on the front of my property does not belong to my property. What do I need to submit to DOB regarding the ownership of the retaining wall?

Provide a copy of your property survey that should indicate that the retaining wall is located outside of your property limits.

7.  The retaining wall along the rear of my property is directly adjacent to train tracks. I believe that the wall belongs to NYC DOT/Metro-North/LIRR, and it is outside of my property. What do I need to submit to DOB regarding the ownership of the retaining wall?

Provide a clear copy of your property survey. If the retaining wall is located within your property, and the owner of the railroad has not assumed responsibility, then you need to submit a TR16 Report.

8.  I have a retaining wall along the rear of my property that is not accessible by the general public. The height of the wall is over 10 feet in height. Do I need to file a TR16 report?

If a member of the general public cannot access the retaining wall, then a TR16 report is not required.

9.  Is there a fee for the filing of the RWIP11 forms requesting the removal of a DOB retaining wall violation?

There is no fee required for submitting the RWIP 11 form and requesting the RW violation to be dismissed. Please ensure you have signed all the forms and you have submitted a copy of your property survey that includes photographs depicting the condition of the retaining wall.

10.  I know that the NYC Department of Buildings, has a retaining wall inspection program. Can the Department perform the retaining wall inspection under this program l?

The retaining walls inspection program conducted by the Department is a separate program from the retaining wall compliance reports requirement. You should retain a licensed professional engineer to prepare the retaining wall compliance report in accordance with the 1RCNY §103-09 regulations.

11.  Can I include a check for the TR16 filing fees with my TR16 report?

The filing fees must be paid directly to the Department of Buildings Cashier, by either the owner or his or her authorized representative. The Retaining Wall Unit will not accept checks included as a part of the filing.

12.  I have submitted a signed RWIP11 form with all the necessary attachments (i.e. property survey and photographs of my retaining wall), requesting the dismissal of my DOB retaining wall violation, but I have not received any response from the Department. How do I check the status of my retaining wall violation?

Please email the Department at LL37RetainingWalls@buildings.nyc.gov requesting an update of the dismissal of your DOB Retaining Wall Violation.

13.  Can I check the status of my retaining wall violation via the internet?

The status of all the Department of Building violations for your property can be checked at the Public NYC DOB Building Information Search Website. Enter your property address or your lot and block number and click enter to view your property profile and the status of any violations that have been issued to your property.

14.  Can my architect sign and seal the TR16 form? Do I need a professional engineer to sign the TR16 forms and the Retaining Wall Structural Assessment report??

In accordance with 1RCNY §103-09(a)(11) only a licensed professional engineer as defined in Section §28-101.5 of the NYC Administrative Code with three years of relevant experience can sign TR16 reports.

15.  Can my Professional Engineer sign and seal only the TR16 form? Is the Retaining Wall Structural Assessment report also required?

A Retaining Wall Structural Assessment Report is required as a part of the TR16 filing. The TR16 forms cannot be submitted without an associated detailed structural assessment report.:

16.  What generally needs to be included in the Retaining Wall Structural Assessment Report? Where can I get some guidance regarding what is to be included in the filing?

The detailed requirements of what is to be included in the Retaining Wall Structural Assessment Report are listed in the 1RCNY §103-09 . A partial list of what should be included in the Retaining Wall Structural Assessment Report is identified in 1RCNY §103-09 (c) items 1 to 4.

17.  I do not have any drawings for my retaining wall. Can I omit all the dimensions or show assumed dimensions in the TR16 filing drawings?

Assumed dimensions are not acceptable. In accordance with in 1 RCNY §103-09 (c)(3)(v) at least one cross section of the retaining wall needs to be included with the TR16 filings.

18.  How do I determine the actual dimensions of the retaining wall elements, If I do not have any drawings?

In accordance with the requirements identified in 1RCNY §103-09 (b)(4) the dimensions could be determined by utilizing selective probes, cores and measurements of all the relevant retaining wall dimensions.

19.  Are detailed structural engineering calculations required as part of the Retaining Wall Structural Assessment Report?

Detailed structural engineering calculations need to be included with the Retaining Wall Structural Assessment Report as part of the filing.

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