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DOB Campaign to Combat Illegal Conversions

This month, the Department distributed thousands of flyers across the City to educate New Yorkers about the dangers of illegal conversions. Following the tragic Bensonhurst, Brooklyn fire on January 31 that killed five people, inspectors and community liaisons visited transit hubs to promote ways to stay safe in your home, such as the use of a smoke alarm and identifying two paths to escape in an emergency.  The Department determined the building where the fatal fire occurred had been illegally subdivided and issued three ECB violations to the property owner. 

Illegally altered buildings and apartments violate the City's construction codes and can pose serious risks to tenants, neighbors and first responders in the event of a fire or other emergency. In 2008, the Department of Buildings issued more than 1,100 vacate orders for unsafe conditions related to illegal occupancies.  Since November, the Department has distributed more than 65,000 flyers in 11 different languages.  Learn more.

Facade Safety Program

New York City law requires a periodic inspection of the exterior walls and appurtenances of buildings greater than six stories in height every five years.

Cycle 7 of the Department's Facade Safety Program is now underway. Report submissions will be staggered into three filing sub-cycles. Each building must file within its designated sub-cycle. Learn more about filing reports.

Applicants must use the 2/10 version of the TR6 when filing Cycle 7 reports.

Buildings Bulletins
Temporary Sales Offices & Model Apartments
Buildings Bulletin 2010-002 establishes a protocol for the use of temporary sales offices and model apartments in buildings under construction.

Threaded High-Strength Steel Reinforcing Bars
Buildings Bulletin 2010-003 establishes acceptance criteria for threaded high-strength steel reinforcing bars as alternative materials.
Service Updates
Standpipe & Sprinklers
To enhance the fire safety of buildings under construction or
demolition, building owners and contractors must follow new requirements.  These requirements include hydrostatic pressure testing for standpipes and sprinklers and pressurized alarms for standpipes.

Contractor Insurance
The Licensing Unit no longer accepts Artisan insurance
policies.  General contractors with Artisan policies who have not updated their insurance will be unable to obtain permits.

Cranes & Derricks Holiday Weekend Work
The Cranes & Derricks Unit will
not issue work permits or provide scheduled inspections for cranes with boom lengths longer than 250 feet on certain holiday weekends.

Final Inspection Report
Licensed professionals performing a final inspection
must submit a final inspection report to the Department within 30 days of conducting the inspection.

Keep reading Buildings News for new information and updates.

Upcoming Events

AIA Queens Seminar

On Tuesday, March 9, Department experts will participate in a seminar hosted by the Queens chapter of the
American Institute of Architects.  The seminar will focus on the new NYC Building Code with focus on: accessibility, Energy Code, means of egress and fire protection systems.
The seminar will be held:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Terrace on the Park
52-11 111th Street
Flushing, New York
Seating is limited and registration is required.
Did You Know... that you can find information about how to install microturbines and the benefits of these systems on the Department's website?  Visit the "Sustainability" section to learn more.
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February 25, 2010