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August 11, 2009
New Hours to Submit Certificates of Correction

The Department has  extended the hours to submit Certificates of Correction. Certificates can now be submitted between 8:30am and 4:00pm. Individuals can submit up to ten certificates between 8:30am and 10:00am and up to three thereafter.

Certificates must be submitted to the Administrative Enforcement Unit, located on the 5th floor at Department headquarters at 280 Broadway in Manhattan.

July 23, 2009
After-Hours Variance Requests

Applicants may now use one application to  apply for multiple after-hours variances as long as the scope and schedule of the proposed work is the same and the work does not span more than 14 days. The Department has revised the PW5 form to support this change.

June 12, 2009
Foundation Work Applications
All applications for  foundation and earthwork permits that are submitted after July 1 must use the same job number as the associated New Building or Alteration application. Separate Alteration Type 2 applications for foundation and earthwork will no longer be accepted.

December 19, 2008
Standpipe Systems: Temporary Permits

Limited Alteration Applications to work on a standpipe system of a building exceeding 75 feet in height that are submitted by a licensed contractor and approved by the Department may serve as a  temporary permit until the plans and corresponding applications are filed and approved.

July 31, 2008
Update on Ordinary Plumbing Work

To streamline our permitting process, Licensed Master Plumbers now no longer need a permit to conduct some ordinary plumbing work. Instead, Licensed Master Plumbers performing minor work and repairs are required to submit a monthly report (OP128) to the Department. The monthly report must include detailed information about the work being performed. To learn more, view the New Ordinary Plumbing Reports  fact sheet (37 kb).

November 28, 2007
Temporary Heat in High Rise Buildings

To provide temporary heat in a high rise building under construction during heat season (October 1st through May 31st), plumbing contractors may install salamanders connected to cooking gas risers or may use the building’s boiler. For more information about providing temporary heat, view the fact sheet (38 kb-pdf). To learn more about how to stay warm and safe during winter, view our tips for winterizing buildings and installing carbon monoxide detectors.

November 21, 2007
New Trash Compactor Room Requirements

To facilitate Sanitation Department garbage removal, beginning December 10, 2007, the Buildings Department will require trash compacting systems to be installed in certain types of multiple dwelling buildings.
 Service Notice (40 kb)

September 5, 2007
Cranes & Derricks Processes and Procedures Guidelines

To make it easier for the public to do business with us, the Cranes and Derricks unit has created guidelines for Professional Engineers and Registered Architects for filing the CD-8 form and amending Certificates of On-Site Inspection (CD-4 form and drawings).

September 5, 2007
New Sewer Connection Approvals for Jamaica Rezoning Plan

Pending action by City Council, beginning September 11, 2007, all sewer connections from commercial, manufacturing and residential buildings occupied by four or more families in the Jamaica Rezoning Plan must be reviewed by Department of Environmental Protection before the Department of Buildings will process a permit.
 Service Notice (29 kb)

September 5, 2007
Height of Noise Barrier Fences Increased

Under the Department of Environmental Protection's new Noise Code, enacted July 1, 2007, noise barrier fences and construction fences are permitted to rise to 15 feet to act as noise barriers. To facilitate compliance with the new noise rules, the Buildings Department will allow fences up to 15 feet as long as they meet certain requirements.
 Service Notice (28 kb)

July 18, 2007
Use of Lightweight Structural Materials

To ensure the safe and compliant use of Lightweight Structural Materials, we'd like to remind you that certain steps must be taken if these materials are to be used. The use and identification of Lightweight Structural Materials must be properly noted on applications and plans and controlled inspections are required to ensure proper installation.
 Service Notice (41 kb)

May 16, 2007
New Standards for Private Road Lighting

Effective May 21, 2007, plans filed for the installation of "private roads," as defined in the Zoning Resolution, in any zoning district must meet new standards. These new requirements do not apply retroactively and will be applicable only to those applications for which plan approvals have not been issued for the installation of the private roads.
 Service Notice (28 kb)

April 11, 2007
Status of Certificates of On-Site Inspection Applications

Effective April 16, 2007, the status of your Certificate of On-Site Inspection applications can be quickly obtained by emailing the Cranes and Derricks unit at
 Service Notice (32 kb)

February 7, 2007
New Requirements for CN and Outrigger Beam Applications

Effective immediately, amendments and revisions to previously approved 2005 Cranes and Derricks on-site inspection applications (CD-4) and outrigger beam notification applications (CD-5) will no longer be accepted. Instead, new complete stand-alone 2007 applications with one copy of the approved 2005 application, including all amendments, letters and calculations must be submitted.
 Service Notice (31 kb)

February 5, 2007
Civil Penalties Increased for Working Without a Permit

As of February 5, 2007, civil penalties associated with Work Without a Permit violations are being assessed with a new fee structure. For one and two family houses, penalties are now four times the amount of the permit filing fee, and for all other work without a permit, penalties have increased to fourteen times the amount of the permit filing fee.
 Service Notice (24 kb)
 Fact Sheet (54 kb)

November 8, 2006
Waterfront Permit Unit Launches New Application Database

The Waterfront Permits Unit is launching a new application database that will make it easier to track applications throughout the permit process. In addition, the database will automatically produce a populated permit card and certificate of completion.

To complement this upgrade, the Work Notice/Permit application (WFU-1) and the application for a Place of Assembly Permit (WFU- 4), have also received face-lifts and are now available online in the "Forms" section of our website under Waterfront.

October 11, 2006
Demolition Filing Process Begins in Borough Offices

The Buildings Department is changing its demolition filing process to standardize it agencywide. Beginning October 30th, you must visit the Borough Office where the property is located to pre-file your demolition job before submitting documentation to the Building Enforcement Safety Team (BEST). Also beginning October 30th, additional required documentation for demolition jobs (B Form 2A or BEST-4) can be e-mailed directly to BEST.
 Service Notice (34 kb)

September 20, 2006
Minor Variations for Plumbing Fixture Count
Don't Require a PAA

The Department of Buildings is unclogging the Post Approval Amendment (PAA) process to make it easier for you to do business with us by allowing minor variations to be made without having to file a revised Schedule B (PW-1B). This overview provides a glimpse of what can be done without filing a PAA.
 Service Notice (33 kb)

July 5, 2006
Cranes & Derricks Refund Request Application is Now Available Online
The Buildings Department is committed to making it easier to do business with us by providing all of our forms online. The Cranes and Derricks Refund Request Application & Instructions are now available online. Customers should use this form to request refunds for overpayments made on applications and permits. For more information, download a copy of the
 application (85 kb-pdf) and  instructions (19 kb).

June 28, 2006
New Electronic Notification of Laminated Wood
I-Beams To FDNY

Effective July 1, the Buildings Department will electronically notify the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) regarding intended and certified use of Laminated Wood I-Beams. This notification is essential for the safety of FDNY first responders.
 Notification of Laminated Wood I-Beams To FDNY (30 kb)

March 13, 2006
Waterfront Permits Unit:
All waterfront structures not meeting Maritime Use requirements are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Buildings. For more information, see
 Waterfront Permits Unit: Maritime Use Jurisdiction (18 kb).

December 12, 2005
Effective December 19, 2005, a written notification of an on-site inspection waiver must be submitted to the Cranes & Derricks division no later than 2 business days prior to the operation of the crane.
 Cranes & Derricks On-Site Waivers (26 kb)

October 17, 2005
Cranes & Derricks: Improved Service Changes take effect as of October 24, 2005
 New Appointment Scheduling Procedures (39 kb)