All construction projects in New York City must comply with the NYC Construction Codes and the City’s Zoning Resolution. The NYC Construction Codes consist of the 2008 Building Code, the Plumbing Code, the Mechanical Code, the Fuel and Gas Code, the Electrical Code and the NYC Energy Conservation Code. The Zoning Resolution is written by the NYC Department of City Planning and enforced by the Department of Buildings.
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NYC Development Hub
In the Fall of 2011, the Department opened the NYC Development Hub in Lower Manhattan to accelerate the permit approval process. At the state-of-the-art center, applications are submitted online and reviewed and approved by mutliple City agencies in a virtual environment.
All electronic filings at the Department of Buildings are now coordinated through the Development Hub in Lower Manhattan, including the new Hub Self-Service – under which New York State-licensed architects and engineers can professionally certify plans for small construction projects (Alteration 2 and Alteration 3) without visiting a Department office.
Through the Department’s website, applicants can create online accounts, complete the necessary electronic forms and upload the proper documents in order to receive approvals and obtain construction permits. Alteration 2 and 3 applications are typically submitted when there is no change in use, occupancy or egress. Permits for all electrical work, minor plumbing work and renewals for after-hours variance permits also can be obtained online.
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How to File & Get a Permit
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