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Applications and Permits

How to Obtain a Permit

A New York State licensed professional engineer (pe) or registered architect (RA) must submit construction plans to obtain a permit. A Department plan examiner will review the plans for any legal/zoning objections. When objections are satisfied, the Department will approve the application. A PE or RA may also certify that plans conform to all applicable laws. Learn more about Professional Certification.

Following application approval, a contractor can apply for a building permit to begin work. To learn more about filing an application or getting a permit, check out our Tool Kits.

Learn more about the Permit Process


Special Inspectors & Inspection Agencies
On May 13, 2012, an amendment to the Special Inspection rule went into effect. Click below for more infomation about changes to the Special Inspection rule, including registration and accreditation requirements.
Special Inspections Page
Click Here to Register

Plan Examination Guidelines
Beginning May 5, 2014, the pilot program to accept only complete drawings with each application will expand to all Department of Buildings reviews.
Plan Examination Guidelines Service Notice (PDF)
Plan Examination Guidelines (PDF)

 Other Important Updates
New Reinstatement Fees for Applications & Permits (PDF)
New General Liability Insurance Requirements

Filing and Renewing Permits

Permit Information by Type

Required Items Reference Guide
Plan Examination Guidelines (PDF)