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Construction Permits Go Smart-Phone Friendly

The Department has modernized its construction permits, after-hours variances and Place of Assembly certificates by adding Quick Response Codes. Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner LiMandri announced that QR Codes will give New Yorkers instant access to ongoing construction projects in the City.
Read the Mayor's News Release

Living Safely Public Safety Outreach

Shortly after the fatal fire on Drew Street in Brooklyn last month, Council member Erik Martin Dilan joined the Department in the East New York section of Brooklyn to educate residents on the dangers of living in an illegally converted apartment. The Department has distributed more than 100,000 flyers in 11 languages in all five

boroughs as part of the Living Safely campaign.
View Photos of the Event
View the Safety Tips
Benchmarking Report Deadline Approaching

Benchmarking gives property owners, tenants and managers a clearer understanding of a building's energy efficiency and water consumption. Benchmarking reports must be submitted to New York City by May 1, 2011. To register and submit your report, use the EPA's Portfolio Manager, also available at the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan website at For more information, see the Public Hearing section below or visit the benchmarking section of the Department's website.

Recently Released Buildings Bulletins

The Department has recently issued the following bulletins:

New Rules: Public Hearings + Effective Dates
Upcoming Public Hearings
  • Energy + Water Use Benchmarking (PDF): March 21 - 10:30am
  • NYC Energy Code Amendments (PDF): March 28 - 10:00am
Upcoming Effective Dates
Service Updates
Online After-Hours Variance Renewals Start March 21
Learn More (PDF)

New Hours at Construction, Plumbing + Electrical Customer Service Counters
Learn More (PDF)

New Cranes + Derricks Filing Fees for CD-4 + CD-5
Learn More (PDF)


New PW6 Form Includes Sustainability
arrowLearn More (PDF)
arrowView the Draft PW6 (PDF)

2011 Licensing Exam Schedule Released for Construction Trades
arrowView Schedule (PDF)
arrowDCAS website

Application + Permits Reinstatement Fee Change
arrowLearn More (PDF)

Upcoming Events

Land Use for the 21st Century:
Basics for Real Estate Practitioners
Wednesday, March 9 at 6pm

Assistant Commissioner for Technical Affairs + Code Development James Colgate, Esq., RA, will speak at this New York City Bar event in Manhattan. Colgate will focus on plan reviews and inter pretation of the NYC Zoning Resolution. CLE credit is available.
Register for the Event

March 30 - 31

Senior Architect of Technical Affairs John Lee, RA, will provide an overview of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, the NYC Energy Code and energy efficiency standards for building envelope, HVAC, lighting and power. This event will be held at the Javits Center.
Register for the Event

Building Green: Law and Practice
April 6

Department of Buildings Project Manager Andrew Wallace, Esq., LEED GA, will review the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, including benchmarking, the Energy Code, energy audits, retrocommissioning, and lighting and electrical upgrades. This New York County Lawyers Association program is for CLE credit.
Register for the Event

NYC's Efforts to Green its Energy Code: What Lawyers + Real Estate Professionals Need to Know
April 26

Assistant Commissioner for Technical Affairs + Code Development James Colgate, Esq., RA, will speak about the NYC Energy Code and the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. This New York City Bar event in Manhattan is for CLE credit.
Register for the Event

Did You Know... The Department's website averages more than 1,000,000 daily hits -- including nearly 700,000 hits from contractors, property owners, architects and engineers researching the progress of their plan reviews, permit status and information on violations.

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March 8, 2011