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Construction: The Basics

Getting Started

Most construction in New York City requires approval and permits from the Department of Buildings.

Work that does not require a permit is typically cosmetic, such as:

  • Painting

  • Plastering

  • Plumbing Fixture Replacement

  • Cabinet Installation

  • Non-structural Roof Repair

Owners considering performing work on their home should consult a licensed Professional Engineer or Registered Architect to assess whether a permit is required.
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Before hiring a professional to work on your home, owners should make sure that the individual holds a valid license (if necessary).
Hiring a Professional