June 12, 2009
New Façade Requirements
On March 27, the Department passed Rule 32-03 which establishes staggered inspection cycles and new inspection report requirements for exterior walls and appurtenances of buildings greater than six stories in height. The filing window for Cycle 7 submissions begins on February 21, 2010.
May 11, 2009
Nightly Job Site Requirements
The new NYC Construction Codes include new inspection and filing requirements to advance construction site safety for workers and the public. The Department has created a guide that summarizes the nightly job site inspection requirements.
August 28, 2008
Smoking Prohibited on all Construction Sites
The 2008 Building Code, effective July 1, 2008, requires contractors to maintain safe conditions at building sites and provides that construction operations affecting fire prevention comply with the New York City Fire Code. (See Building Code sections 3301.1.2 and 3303.7.) As per section 1404.1 of the new Fire Code, effective July 1, 2008, smoking on any construction (including demolition) site is strictly prohibited. To learn more, view the regulatory notice (52 kb).
December 20, 2006
Cranes & Derricks On-Site Waivers
Effective January 2, 2007 written notification of an on-site inspection waiver pursuant to Section 8.1.3 of Reference Standard ("RS") 19-2 should be submitted to the Cranes & Derricks Division no later than 2 business days prior to the proposed operation of the crane.
Service Notice (40 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)