What Qualifies as the Applicant of Record? An applicant is a professional, registered with the state, who signs the application and ensures the work being done complies with applicable laws. An applicant is considered a Professional Engineer (PE), Registered Architect (RA), or Registered Landscape Architect (RLA). The FDNY, DOT, and DEP also conform to this definition. The DOB also […]
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Enabling Construction with Boom Truck Permits
Enabling Construction with Boom Truck Permits Owning a building is a tremendous amount of work, and maintaining buildings a building can be costly. The exterior takes the brunt of the blow, thus requiring facade maintenance to ensure the safety of the public and stability of the building. This work must conform to Local Law 11/98, or the […]
When is Directive 14 Filing Used?
Directive 14 is a Must-Know Term When filing a job, or application, at the Department of Buildings, it is important to understand the types of applications and methods of filing. Knowing the terminology can help when it comes to getting permits, speaking to expediters, consultants, or architects/engineers. There are two primary methods: standard plan examination […]
What Purchasers should look for at the DOB when buying a new home
Buying a New Condominium There’s an old saying, it’s easy to fall in love with a home, but hard to stay in love. This is especially relevant in NYC as prices break records often. It’s easy to be swayed by the “perfect” property with the broker only praising the property. It’s easy to overlook the […]
When is a Temporary Public Assembly Required?
Gatherings and events outside are commonplace in New York City throughout the summer. It may seem as simple as discussing the event with the community board to get approval, but that’s not always the case. Street closings and street fairs require Temporary Public Assembly Permits (TPA). What is a Temporary Public Assembly? Temporary Public Assembly […]
Shed, Scaffold and Fence Permits
Construction Equipment Permits Nothing is more evident of construction throughout New York City than the visibility of fences, sidewalk bridges (sheds), and scaffolding. The DOB refers to them as construction equipment, and are among the highest permitted items in NYC. Aside from being sure signs of construction or inspections, they are there to ensure the safety […]
What Permits are Needed for a Renovation in NYC?
NYC Renovation Permit Expediting New York City is a tricky city to renovate in. One of the reasons for this is a higher than average construction cost. Finding a contractor can be difficult because of the multitude of options. In most cities, the contractor is able to pull work permits with a brief description of work. […]
When do I need an After-Hours Variance Permit?
What is an After-Hours Variance? Typically referred to as Variances, after-hours variances, are used to work during non-standard times. DOB standard work hours are Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 6 PM. In residential buildings, co-ops or condos may override these times. Work done outside these times is to be considered illegal 99% of […]
Contractor Registration at NYC DOB
NYC DOB General Contractor Registration Registering as a General Contractor with the DOB enables permits to be issued under their company and name. This enables contractors to record their work on the DOB’s system and ensures compliance with laws. Having a permit does not exempt a contractor from gettting violations, but it does prevent them from getting […]