Tenant Protection Plan

The Tenant Protection Plan (TPP) provides a list of compliance categories that must be met by a building or site of a new building, if the building undergoing construction contains at least one occupied dwelling unit. The TPP works to safeguard the building occupants and covers six categories.

The TPP can be found in the NYC Administrative Code: §28-104.8.4 Tenant Protection Plan. Construction documents for alterations of buildings in which any dwelling unit will be occupied during construction shall include a Tenant Protection Plan. The plan shall contain: a statement that the building contains dwelling units that will be occupied during construction, indicating in sufficient detail the specific units that are or may be occupied during construction;  the means and methods to be employed to safeguard the safety and health of the occupants; and where applicable, include details such as temporary fire-rated assemblies, opening protectives, or dust containment procedures.

Owners are required to notify the Department 72 hours before beginning work in a building with a TPP. The elements of the TPP may vary depending on the nature and scope of the work but at a minimum shall make detailed and specific provisions for:

  1. Egress. At all times in the course of construction provision shall be made for adequate egress as required by this code and the tenant protection plan shall identify the egress that will be provided. Required egress shall not be obstructed at any time except where approved by the commissioner.

  2. Fire Safety. All necessary laws and controls, including those with respect to occupied dwellings, as well as additional safety measures necessitated by the construction shall be strictly observed.

  3. Health Requirements. Specification of methods to be used for control of dust, disposal of construction debris, pest control and maintenance of sanitary facilities, and limitation of noise to acceptable levels shall be included. 3.1. There shall be included a statement of compliance with applicable provisions of law relating to lead and asbestos.

  4. Compliance with Housing Standards. The requirements of the New York City Housing Maintenance Code, and, where applicable, the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law shall be strictly observed.

  5. Structural Safety. No structural work shall be done that may endanger the occupants.

  6. Noise Restrictions. Where hours of the day or the days of the week in which construction work may be undertaken are limited pursuant to the New York City noise control code, such limitations shall be stated.

  7. Maintaining Essential Services. Describe the means and methods to be used for maintaining heat, hot water, cold water, gas, electricity, or other utility services in accordance with the requirements of the New York City Housing Maintenance Code. Specify if a disruption of any such service is anticipated during the work, including anticipated duration of such disruption and the means and methods to be employed to minimize such disruption, including the provision of sufficient alternatives for such service during such disruption.

Note: Other requirements – Any additional requirements to assure tenant safety during construction.

Where can I find the TPP?
The TPP is required to appear on plans submitted to the Department whenever a unit in a residential building is occupied during construction.  It must be posted on the cover page of the plans (drawings) associated with the permit.

Where can I find a copy of the plans?
Plans are accessible for review in the Department’s Borough Offices where the permitted construction work is planned.

Who can I contact if I have a question or concern about a TPP?
You may contact the Office of the Buildings Marshal at (212) 393-2930 or DOBMarshal@buildings.nyc.gov

Bronx Borough Office
1932 Arthur Avenue, 5th Floor
Bronx, NY 10457

Brooklyn Borough Office
210 Joralemon Street, 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Manhattan Borough Office
280 Broadway, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10007

Queens Borough Office
120-55 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11424

Staten Island Borough Office
Borough Hall
10 Richmond Terrace, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301

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