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When using the NYC Development Hub, you will have the option of working with the Department throughout the process using video conferencing, by phone or in person in the center’s headquarters at 80 Centre Street in Lower Manhattan.

In order to work with the Development Hub, you must be registered to electronically file documents with the NYC Development Hub and meet the required qualifications. If you are not already registered, please visit Electronic Filing at NYC Development Hub on the Department’s website to enroll.

To request an appointment to make your New Building (NB) or Alteration Type-1 (Alt-1) project a part of the center, please complete our online consultation request form.

Upon receipt of your request, the Department will review your application and the Development Hub will send a Microsoft Outlook appointment to you and all attendees. Your eligibility to be accepted into the Development Hub will be determined at the time of the consultation or you will be notified via email.


During your appointment, you will discuss and develop with the Development Hub experts and other City agencies the most efficient way to file your project and what requirements from the Department and other City agencies the project will have to meet. Depending upon the complexity of the project, the meeting may take place using video conference, by phone or in person.


After your first appointment with the Department, you will need to electronically file your Plan Work Application (PW1). Follow the steps below to electronically submit your PW1 form.

  1. Log-into electronic filing using your user id and password

  2. Click on "Major Construction," then "Job Applications," then “Begin New Job Application” and upload your PW1 form.

    Note: Applications can be signed and sealed before uploading them or they can be signed and sealed electronically. Visit the Signatures and Seals page to learn more about signing and sealing applications electronically.

  3. After your PW1 form has been uploaded, email the completed, signed and sealed PW1 to nycdevelopmenthub@buildings.nyc.gov

Once the Development Hub has received your email and reviewed the attachment, the center’s staff will send you a confirmation email letting you know that your application has been processed. Upon receipt of this email, you must pay the applicable filing and records management fees. Fees may be paid in one of the following ways:

  1. Online by logging-in to the NYC Development Hub Online Payment Portal at http://paydirect.link2gov.com/DOBPaymentPortal. You may pay using eCheck, MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express, or PIN-less debit.

  2. In person using check or credit card by visiting the Borough Office where your project is located, or the Manhattan Borough Office located at 280 Broadway, 3rd floor. When making Hub payments, please request to speak with a Borough Manager or Service Manager.

  3. Mail In by sending a check payable to the NYC Department of Buildings. Checks should be mailed to:

NYC Department of Buildings
ATTN: Hub Payments
280 Broadway, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10007


Once your payment has been received and processed, the Development Hub will notify you that you may submit your full set of documents as a PDF electronically– this includes your plans, required items for review and forms. Please note that Energy Code compliance is part of the standard plan exam review at the Hub.

Please refer to the below checklists for information on the required items for your project type, including how to comply with the Energy Code:

For digital plans, please refer to the following guidelines to create PDF files with the proper DPI, compression, etc.

Files under 7 MB

Files 7 MB and above

  • PDF file format only
  • Set resolution to 150 dpi
  • Set Object Level Compression to maximum
  • Embedded images in drawings shall use JPEG compression set to medium image quality
  • Fonts and graphics should follow the guidelines for plan submissions currently published on the DOB website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/
    downloads/pdf/drawing_
    standards_08132010.pdf
  • Files shall be backward compatible to Acrobat 6.0 (PDF 1.5)
  • Color or greyscale allowed
  • PDF file format only
  • Set resolution to 150 dpi
  • Set Object Level Compression to maximum
  • Embedded images in drawings shall use JPEG compression set to medium image quality
  • Fonts and graphics should follow the guidelines for plan submissions currently published on the DOB website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/
    downloads/pdf/drawing_
    standards_08132010.pdf
  • Files shall be backward compatible to Acrobat 6.0 (PDF 1.5)
  • Greyscale only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once your documents are ready to be uploaded and submitted to the Development Hub, you must log-into electronic filing and follow the steps below:

  1. Click "Major Construction," then "Job Applications," then "Electronically Submit Documents"
  2. Search for your Development Hub-registered job using the Job Search function. You may either enter the job number or click the job number link in the Pending Job List
  3. You will be redirected to the Job Documents page where the required items associated with the job application are displayed. There are two ways you can submit your documents:
  • On the page there will be Upload Job Documents, Upload Forms and an Upload Plans sections. Under the appropriate section, select the appropriate document name from the Select Document Name, Form Name or Plan Name drop down menu. When you are finished, click Submit File to submit the document
  • There will be an Upload Job Documents, Upload Forms and an Upload Plans sections. Under the appropriate section, select the appropriate document name from the “Select Document Name, Form Name or Plan Name” drop down menu. When you are finished, click “Submit File” to submit the document

Once the email is received, the Development Hub will review all the documents and determine the applicable meeting format and duration. Your email must include the following information:

  1. Title the email: “Presentation Request for Job #, (address, BBL)”
  2. The Presentation meeting attendees, their phone numbers and email addresses
  3. A summary of the project with the following information:
  • Zoning district(s), site designations and existing conditions
  • A description of the proposed work (existing use vs. proposed use, number stories and floor area)
  • Zoning use, bulk, parking and special regulations
  • Multiple Dwelling Law requirements
  • Fire Code requirements (primary entrance, frontage space, street width and rooftop access)
  • Building Code requirements (egress, fire protection, site safety, structural and foundation, accessibility, mechanical and ventilation, plumbing and storm drainage, frontage space, and flood hazard requirements)
  • Energy Code compliance overview (envelope, mechanical and lighting)
  • Other agency approvals that are required
  • Additional technical documents due (boring test, survey, zoning exhibits, etc.)
  • Related applications

Once the email is received, the Development Hub will review all documents and determine the applicable meeting format and duration. During the Presentation, the design professional must give an overview of the proposed project. The overview must address all the points mentioned in the Presentation request email and all the documents must be electronically filed.


Your application will be reviewed by a team of Development Hub experts. When issues with the proposed job are identified, the Development Hub will email you a marked up set of plans, an objection sheet and let you know when your Buildings Presentation is scheduled. 

The email from the Development Hub will contain the following information: 

  1. The email will be titled: “Objections Review for Job #, (address, BBL), Lead Plan Examiner Name”
  2. Meeting format and duration
  3. Available meeting date and time
  4. Attendee names and titles 

The Development Hub will also send a Microsoft Outlook appointment to all parties attending the Presentation.


During the Design Professional Presentation, Development Hub experts will go over their objections and offer guidance on how to resolve them. Design professionals should be prepared to ask questions and respond to issues during the Presentation.

The Presentation will include a discussion with the lead plan examiner on the following topics:

  1. High level objections and issues
  2. Possible remedies for the high level objections
  3. Review of the remaining objections and presentation of possible solutions
  4. Answers to questions from design professional

Following the Presentation, the design professional must work to resolve all the outstanding objections. Objections can be resolved by correcting them, re-submitting drawings and/or providing additional documentation to the Development Hub through electronic filing. Collaboration with the Development Hub will continue until all issues are resolved.

Once the objections have been resolved, you must revise your plans and re-submit them electronically. To do this upload your written response to the objections into electronic filing using the AI1 Objections Response form. Click on the Required Item: AI1 Objections Response link in the Upload Job Documents section of electronic filing to upload your AI1 form. The following should be included in the form:

  1. The latest objection sheet provided by the plan examiner
  2. The page on the plans where your corrections can be found
  3. If applicable, a written statement of on why you disagree with any of the objections
  4. If applicable, what approvals from other City agencies are needed, i.e. FDNY, DEP, Landmarks, etc.

Once your revised plans and AI1 Objections Response form have been uploaded, you must send an email to the Development Hub, nycdevelopmenthub@buildings.nyc.gov, to request a meeting to resolve your objections. Your email should include the following information:

  1. Title the email: “Meeting Request for Job #, Lead Plan Examiner Name”
  2. Attendees’ names, their phone numbers and email addresses
  3. The date the revised plans were electronically resubmitted
  4. A list of the specific objections that need to be resolved, i.e. “Objection #8: Provide sprinklers…” 

When your email has been received, the Development Hub will consult with the lead and supervisory plan examiners on your application to determine the meeting format and duration. Once this has been determined, the Development Hub will send a Microsoft Outlook appointment to all attendees.


When all issues have been resolved, the Development Hub will email you the approved set of plans with a digital approval stamp. Once your plans have been approved, follow the standard Department procedure to obtain permits to begin construction.

All Post Approval Amendments (PAAs) must be filed with the Development Hub for all projects that were initially filed through the Development Hub. To schedule a meeting with the center to discuss and approve PAAs, process the PAA (incorporate specific PAA-related items based on final decisions) and electornically submit documents, please send an email to nycdevelopmenthub@buildings.nyc.gov. Please include the following information in the email:

  1. Title the email: “PAA Request for Job #, Doc #(s), Lead Plan Examiner Name”
  2. A summary of the proposed changes to the scope of work
  3. The specific sheets that need to be revised with a verbal description of the document, “i.e., A.105.02, Relocate egress door to west wall, widen stairs.”
  4. If the scope of work has increased beyond the original approved plans and requires a filing fee adjustment
  5. If additional square footage is created in the PAA and requires a filing fee adjustment. Please include the amount additional square footage as well

All changes to approved plans are required to be accompanied by an architectural summary document or AI1 form.

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