Letter of No Objection (LONO)

Letter of No Objection

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) requires a Loft Board Letter of No Objection (LONO) for all proposed work in the non-IMD spaces of IMD buildings, whether the owner or a tenant proposes the work. To get a LONO from the Loft Board, an owner must be in compliance with all Loft Board rules. Specifically:

  • the annual IMD registration must be current;
  • all outstanding fines and fees must be paid; and
  • the owner must demonstrate it is taking all reasonable and necessary steps to legalize the IMD units in the building.

In addition, if the building already has a certificate of occupancy for the IMD spaces, the owner must submit all necessary filings to have the building removed from the Loft Board's jurisdiction before a LONO will be issued.

The request for a Letter of No Objection must contain:  

  • a request letter outlining the scope and location of the proposed work
  • a copy of the current monthly report in accordance with §2-01.1(a)(1)(ii) of the Loft Board rules
  • a copy of the submitted alteration application – DOB Plan/Work Approval Application (PW1)
  • a copy of the DOB objection sheet listing the requirement to obtain a Loft Board Certificate as the only remaining DOB objection; and
  • a stamped copy of the corresponding architectural drawings or plans with DOB bar codes, no larger than 14 inches wide by 17 inches long.

The Loft Board's staff may request additional information or documentation, as it deems necessary in its review of the LONO request. If the owner does not respond to the Loft Board staff's request within ten (10) calendar days of the request, the request for a LONO will be deemed to be withdrawn.

In addition, the Plan/Work Approval Application filed with DOB must indicate that the proposed work requires no change in use, egress or occupancy.

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