were busy in 2011 at the Department, launching new safety initiatives,
creating new programs — and developing a new, faster way of doing
business. We issued 8% more construction
permits this year than we did in 2010 — and we're just shy of the 87,000 NB,
alteration and demolition permits issued in 2008. All this, as
construction-related accidents dropped 18%
our year-end review, which looks back at our major initiatives and
consolidates all of the Buildings Bulletins and service notices we issued
this year. We look forward to working with you in 2012. Stay safe!
The NYC Development Hub
We've launched our new, state-of-the-art plan
review center to accelerate the construction approval process
throughout New York City.
Get Started at the Hub
Get It Done.
Together. Pilot Program
With team reviews and better coordination among
City agencies, we approved more projects per hour — by as much as 52% —
which will generate more than $1 billion in economic activity across the
City. Lessons learned during this program led to the creation of the
NYC Development Hub.
About the Pilot Program
After-Hours Variance Renewals
We're now accelerating construction operations by
streamlining the submission of 30,000 after-hours variance renewal
applications each year. This process should save the construction
industry $6 million annually.
eFiling Expanded for
You can now use eFiling
for limited standpipe, sprinkler, plumbing and oil burner work
applications, speeding up approvals for more than 12,000 applications
annually. This will save the industry an estimated $2.4 million each
Commissioner of Building Development
Fred Mosher, Jr. RA, was
appointed to the new role of Deputy Commissioner of Building
Development. Among his responsibilities, Fred oversees the NYC
Development Hub in Lower Manhattan and is focusing on making the
development process easier.
the News Release
We continued our annual No-Penalty
Retaining Wall Inspection and No-Penalty Deck and Porch Inspection
programs to encourage owners to keep their properties safe.
Read More on the Retaining Wall
Program and the Deck
and Porch Program
We're working on multiple fronts
to protect New Yorkers from illegal apartments and rooms. We
continued our 11-language educational campaign to help
people identify dangers in illegal dwellings. We're also going
undercover to keep landlords from renting their illegal apartments —
and we're part of a Mayoral task force that's using risk analysis to
identify these properties.
About the Task Force and See Outreach Photos
We made our construction permits, after-hours
variances and Place of Assembly certificates Smartphone-friendly by
adding Quick Response codes. Scan a QR code for instant access to
information on construction projects across the City.
2011 Electrical Code
Mayor Bloomberg signed the NYC 2011 Electrical
Code, ensuring that electrical work requirements will remain up-to-date
with evolving safety standards.
the News Release and the
Not Enough Campaign
Safety equipment saves lives. That's why we created
the Experience Is Not Enough campaign to remind workers to protect
themselves from falls, no matter how long they've been in construction.
Since April, we've distributed more than 12,500 bracelets, banners and
posters with the slogan.
See the Citywide Safety
We kicked off the seventh
annual Construction Safety Week with our new Build Safe│Live
Safe conference at New York University. More than 250 people attended
this sold-out event, as our experts and industry specialists focused on
best practices and innovations in fall prevention. Keep reading
Buildings News for more on CSW 2012!
Construction Safety Week 2011
Escalator Safety Awareness Week
Students at PS 9 Ryer
Avenue Elementary School in the Bronx helped us kick off our eighth
annual National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week. The
Department's Elevators Unit — along with the Safety Kat mascot — taught
second and third graders to ring, relax and wait if they ever get stuck
in an elevator. This year, we took our safety message to more than
1,700 students in 11 schools across the City.
the News Release and See
Energy Code Training
The Department developed a six-part training
program to help professionals become proficient in the new NYC Energy
Conservation Code. We also partnered with The Cooper Union to offer a
two-day, comprehensive course.
the Energy Code Training Modules
Easier to use than ever before, our new website
consolidates everything you need to begin your project — forms,
applications, permits and license information. The homepage offers four
portals giving direct access to our most important resources: the NYC
Development Hub; eFiling; License Search; and
Building on My Block, an easy way to learn what's going up or coming
down in your neighborhood.
Visit Our New Site
In Lower Manhattan, Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner LiMandri unveiled the prototype of Urban Umbrella -
the winner of the urbanSHED International
Design Competition. This new design improves storefront visibility and
makes it easier for pedestrians to navigate the sidewalk during
We're beautifying New York City
one construction site at a time. Thanks to our urbancanvas
Design Competition, four new works of art are now available to grace
construction fences, sidewalk sheds and scaffoldings.
the News Release, View Photos
We're making New York City even
cooler! We've coordinated
the cooling of more than 1.3 million square feet of rooftops
citywide this year, with help from more than 1,200 volunteers. By doing
this, we're helping NYC achieve the Mayor's PlaNYC
goal of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030.
Architects + Engineers
We've held two semesters of our
new educational program for elementary school children. Our experts are
visiting classrooms across NYC, teaching students about the
construction process and the role the Department plays in keeping New
York City safe. Then, classes can tour the Department to see how plans
are reviewed and approved.
More and View Photos
This summer, 20 Department
employees, including Commissioner LiMandri
and First Deputy Commissioner Thomas Fariello,
RA, volunteered for Habitat-NYC, helping build affordable housing for
12 New York City families.
Code + Zoning Determinations:
Winterizing: Site Safety
Cranes + Derricks: Obtaining AHVs,
Firms: Account Statements
Filings: Fee Calculations
Roof + Solar:
Filing Tax Abatement Jobs
Processing + Payments
Expired Permits + Applications: Reinstatement Fees
Alterations Applications: Filing Fees and
Fuel Grade Changes
+ Drinking Establishments: Plan Reviews
Waterfront Permits: Unit Relocation
Violations: Re-inspection Fees
Requirements: General Liability
Construction Inspections: Online Requests
+ Sign Structures: Applications
Inspection Agencies: Registration
Service: Counter Hours
Establishments: Dates of Establishment
C HMO: Documentation
Fuel Oil Storage
2011-025: Field-Erected Boilers
2011-024: Special Inspection
Cured-in-Place Pipe +
Epoxy Spray Pipe Lining Repairs
Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride
(CPVC) in Water Recycling
Polypropylene Piping (PP) Systems
Elevator Emergency Power +
Superceded by 2011-025
Superceded by 2011-019
Building Envelopes + NYCECC
Industrial Rope Access
In-Building Radio Communications
Smoke Control Systems
Concrete Mix Designs
Heat Pump Water Heaters
Superceded by 2011-020
2011-004: Wind Turbine Assemblies
2011-003: Permanent Supportive
2011-002: Mechanical Press Joint Fittings +
Fuel Oil for Emergency Generators
2011 Codes Updates
LL 49/11: Building Height +
LL 22/11: Building Height +
LL 20/11: Building Height +
01/11: NYC Energy Code
Bloomberg signed Local Laws 70, 71, 72 and 75 of 2011 on December 27. Keep
reading Buildings News in 2012 for update pages!
Did You Know...?
2011, the Department of Buildings generated nearly $10 billion worth of
economic activity in New York City, thanks to the construction plans we
reviewed and work permits we issued.