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About the Buildings Department

The NYC Department of Buildings ensures the safe and lawful use of over a million buildings and properties by enforcing the City's Building Code, Electrical Code, Zoning Resolution, New York State Labor Law and New York State Multiple Dwelling Law. Our main activities include performing plan examinations, issuing construction permits, inspecting properties, and licensing trades. We also issue Certificates of Occupancy and Place of Assembly permits. In all our activities, our focus is on safety, service and integrity.

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Annual Reports

Building New York: A Strategy to Improve Construction and Development - Flash or PDF
2012 Annual Report - Flash or PDF
2011 Annual Report - Flash or PDF
2010 Annual Report - Flash or PDF
2009 Annual Report (PDF)