Fees Waived for Hurricane Repair + Reconstruction
Application and permit fees are
now waived to help New Yorkers repair and reconstruct after
Hurricane Sandy. Until further notice, application and permit
fees are waived for severely structurally damaged buildings ―
and fees for electrical and plumbing work are waived for other
buildings damaged by the storm.
Bloomberg has also announced the new NYC Rapid Repairs program,
which provides property owners with free hurricane damage
assessment by an engineer, plumber and architect or engineer.
There is no cost to register for or participate in the NYC Rapid
More on the Mayor's Emergency Order
Details Regarding Waived Fees
More About NYC Rapid Repairs
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Residents Returning Home
First Inspection: The Department posts a
green, yellow or red placard on buildings to indicate their structural stability.
Red Placards: These indicate conditions that must be
After Repairs: Once the hazardous conditions are corrected,
StormHelp@buildings.nyc.gov to request a re-inspection. Attach any documents or photographs
that reflect the repairs. (If the repairs required work by a
licensed contractor, architect or engineer, include a statement
from the licensee that indicates the hazardous conditions have
Placards: After a re-inspection by the Department confirms
the hazardous conditions have been remedied, the Department will
remove the placard from your building.
Electricity + Gas:
owners must hire a New York City-licensed electrician or plumber
to determine the damage, make any necessary repairs and certify
the safe condition with the utility company. Then, service can
Once the licensed electrician or plumber determines there was no
damage to your electrical or gas systems, (s)he must confirm
this with the utility company; the utility can then restore your services.
Damage: Utility companies will not restore power to damaged properties until a New York City-licensed electrician inspects the
building's electrical system or a New York City-licensed plumber inspects the gas system,
repairs are made and are certified with the utility.
Permits: Your licensed electrician or plumber can make
repairs immediately, without filing an application and obtaining
permits. However, necessary applications must be filed with the Department within two days of work
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Green, Yellow +
Frequently Asked Questions
Stable; No Restriction
Red: Unsafe to Enter
Steps for Design Professionals
Must Indicate: No
structural stability; required life-safety systems in good
working order; at least one elevator in good working condition
(if applicable); and otherwise safe to occupy.
Life-safety systems powered by electricity, or working emergency
Certified reports and statements must be emailed to
Email requests for variances from the above requirements to ReoccupyDeterminations@buildings.
Temporary Boiler +
Fuel Oil Storage
Emergency Storage Filing Process
Timing: A New York City-licensed Oil Burner Installer may
file an Emergency Work Notice before filing the Limited
Alteration Application (LAA1) and Alteration Type-2 Application
(Alt-2). Within two days of work commencement, a licensed
design professional must file the Alt-2 applications with the
Notice Requirements: Address where work is occurring; nature
of the emergency or hazardous condition; licensed contractor's
name, license number, telephone and fax numbers and/or email
address; registration number(s) of existing boiler(s); and
statement that LAA1 will be filed within five business days and
all other required forms and permits will be filed and approved
within 60 days.
Emergency Work Notice: Email to
LAA-PR@buildings.nyc.gov; fax to (212) 566 ― 5823 with licensee's signature and seal; mail to the Limited Alterations Applications Unit at 280 Broadway, 5th floor, New York, New York, 10007 ― or drop it off at the same location Monday through Friday, 9a - 4p.
Detailed Information for Licensed Electricians
When a utility
company has determined that a property sustained damage to its
electrical system and will not restore power, owners must hire a
licensed electrician to inspect and make any necessary repairs
according to the 2011 NYC Electrical Code.
No Damage: The New York City-licensed electrician must submit a letter to the utility company certifying that it is safe to restore power
to the building; the utility can then restore services.
If the New York City-licensed electrician determines there is
damage, the process to make repairs depends upon whether the
project is greater or less than 1000 kva. Read the