When a business, occupation, trade or industry are unable to meet the Fire Code or Fire Rules due to limitations, and is unable to enforce it, it may be waived or modified if necessary and is consistent with public safety.
This is when a modification or variance can be submitted to the FDNY. To learn more about modifications or variances, you can read section FC 104.8 (PDF) of the Fire Code.
An application is available to fill out to request a modification or variance.
The FDNY offers variances for the following Certificates of Fitness
Contact the FDNY by phone.