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Electronic Filing Enhancement: Automated Printing for B-SCAN Job Stickers
Beginning August 11, 2014, applicants and filing representatives will be able to print B-SCAN job stickers from our NYC Development Hub online service – reducing wait time to file at the Department’s borough offices.
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2014 Construction Codes: Seminars on LAA/Permit Renewal Changes
The 2014 NYC Construction Codes become effective on October 1. The Limited Alteration Application (LAA)/Permit Renewal Unit is hosting seminars to outline changes to the LAA form and filing process under the Local Law 141 of 2013 (NYC Administrative Code §28-101.5).
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2014 NYC Construction Codes: Special Inspection Agency Registration
On October 1, 2014, new Special Inspection categories, registration and filing requirements will be in effect for Special Inspectors and Special Inspection Agencies (SIAs).
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2014 NYC Construction Codes:
TR1 Requirements for Special Inspections + Special Inspection Agencies

Effective October 1, 2014, Special Inspectors and Special Inspection Agencies (SIAs) must comply with new registration, accreditation and TR1 form requirements.
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Demolition Filings + 2014 Construction Codes:
Waiver of Backfill and/or Foundation Removal

After a full demolition of a building, the requirement to remove the foundation and backfill a site may be waived. The below information outlines when a waiver may be possible under the 2014 Building Code, which goes into effect October 1, 2014.
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Site Safety Managers + Site Safety Coordinators:
Notification of Withdrawal or Temporary Substitution

The Department of Buildings has created a new email address to provide notification for withdrawals or temporary substitutions of a site safety manager (SSM) or site safety coordinator (SSC). This new address is BNotifications@buildings.nyc.gov.
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Build it Back Program: Application + Permit Fees Waived
Application and permit fees are waived for owners whose properties were damaged in Hurricane Sandy and who are rebuilding or repairing their homes through the City’s Build it Back (BIB) program. Contractors are no longer required to pay DOB filing fees and submit for reimbursement.
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LAA Applications for Boiler Work: Deadline to Convert from Number 6 Heating Oil
To convert a boiler from number 6 heating oil to a cleaner burning fuel oil, applicants must submit a Limited Alteration Application to the Department of Buildings, and any boiler conversion to change to or to add natural gas requires the applicant to submit an amendment with NYC Department of Environmental Protection.
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Environmental Restrictions: Upcoming Changes
Beginning June 18th, 2014, additional BIS Required Items will be auto-populated based on data from the Department of Environmental Protection Office of Environmental Remediation (OER).
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Pre-Demolition Inspection Requirements
Full demolitions performed pursuant to DM filings currently require a pre-demolition inspection by the Department prior to the issuance of a DM permit.
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Demolition Inspection and Sign-Off Requests
To enhance the processing of demolition inspection and sign-off requests the Department has set up a dedicated email account for these requests at bestdemosignoff@buildings.nyc.gov.
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Personnel Hoist Filing Requirements
All elevator and Personnel hoist plans submitted to the Elevator Unit are professionally certified and must be constructed in compliance with the manufacturer’s specification as per chapter 33 section 18 of the NYC Building Code (2008).
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Adhesive Anchor Certification Required
Soon, adhesive anchor installers will be required to be certified to install anchors in the horizontal or upwardly inclined position when the anchors are supporting sustained tension loads.
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Improved Plan Review Process + New Plan Review Guidebook – NOW CITYWIDE
Beginning May 5, 2014, the pilot program to accept only complete drawings with each application will expand to all Department of Buildings reviews.
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Annual Boiler Inspection Report (BO9/BO13)
To comply with new DEP regulations, effective May 1, 2014, all boiler inspections must be filed using the new BO9 DOB Boiler Inspection Report and/or the BO13 DOB Affirmation of Correction Report.
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Filing Representative Training Course Extension
Filing Representative training courses will be extended through December 31, 2014.
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Sprinklers and Standpipes: Construction Document + Shop Drawing Requirements
When installing sprinkler or standpipe systems, minimum requirements for construction documents and shop drawings are outlined in the NYC Building Code (BC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes and Standards.
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Flood-Resistant Construction: Raising or Moving a Building Under LL 29/13
New regulations are in effect for raising, lifting, elevating or moving buildings. This includes specific, required documents under Buildings Bulletin 2013-013 and Special Inspections requirements.
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Structurally Compromised Buildings (SCBs): Inspection + Reporting Requirements
Within 60 days of a building being deemed Structurally Compromised, the owner must have a registered design professional perform an initial inspection. The design professional must submit an inspection report to the Department within 30 days after inspection.
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Licensing + Registrations: Expansion of Online Renewal Payments
The Department has expanded the online renewal payment option.
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Electrical Advisory Board – UPDATED
The Department has implemented a new, expedited review process for certain Electrical Advisory Board submissions.
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Elevators: Inspection + Test Requirements – UPDATED
Effective January 1, 2014, new deadlines for elevator inspection and testing and new requirements for field inspection reports are in effect. For complete information, please read Local Law 141 of 2013.( §28-304.6.4, §28-304.6.5 and §28-304.6.6).
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Licensing: Rigging/Sign Hanging Foreman Tear-Off Cards
Licensed riggers/sign hangers seeking to obtain a new rigging foreman tear-off card must provide a notarized letter and other supporting documentation to the Department’s Licensing Unit.
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Customer Service Tickets: Central Inspections Transactions
Effective Monday, January 20, 2014, customers may perform four transactions per ticket at the Boiler and Elevator service windows.
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Energy Code Compliance Reviews: New Procedures + Fees for NB and Alt1 Applications
Beginning January 13, 2014, all New Building and Alteration Type-1 applications will include a $220 review fee to reinforce compliance with the New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC / Energy Code).
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Online Payments: eChecks + Credit Cards
Beginning January 13, 2014, the Department will accept eChecks for all online fee payments. eCheck payments carry no convenience fee.
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Resolved Private Elevator Violations: Quarterly Buildings Information System Updates
The Department’s Buildings Information System is updated quarterly to reflect resolved private elevator violations (PVT Violations).
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Local Law 87 of 2009: Registering as an Energy Auditor/Retro-commissioning Agent
Local Law 87/09 gives individuals, who are not registered design professionals, the ability to register with the Department. Registered individuals may conduct energy audits and/or retro-commissioning and submit Energy Efficiency Reports (EER).
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Local Law 87 of 2009: Applying for an Energy Efficiency Report Deferral
Local Law 87 of 2009 allows building owners who are otherwise required to submit an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) by December 31 to defer their filing. The deadline to file the Application to Defer Filing an Energy Efficiency Report is December 31.
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Local Law 87/09: Filing Energy Efficiency Reports
Local Law 87/09 requires owners of applicable, mixed-use and residential buildings to submit an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) once every ten years. Owners must submit their EER in the calendar year coinciding with the last digit of the building’s tax block number.
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West Side Safety Team – Launched
The West Side Safety Team is dedicated to large-scale, current and upcoming construction projects on Manhattan’s West Side. Coordinating with the Buildings Enforcement Safety Team and Department specialty units, West Side Safety Team inspectors will focus on cranes and derricks, excavations, scaffolds and construction hoists at New Building, major alterations and demolition projects.
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Hub Full-Service Now Live
Hub Full-Service is now live! Architects, engineers and filing representatives can now file Alteration Type-2 and Type-3 applications online for smaller construction projects.
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Filing Representative Training Courses
Effective October 21, 2013, training courses will be available, free of charge, to Class 1 Filing Representatives and Class 2 Code and Zoning Representatives. Filing Representatives must individually register for each training course via the online Filing Representative Training Course Scheduling Tool , located on the Department’s website.
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3D Site Safety Plans: New Guidelines + Revit Objects for BIM
To assist design professionals submitting 3D site safety plans, the Building Information Modeling Site Safety Submission Guidelines and Standards - the BIM Manual - is now available along with Revit 3D objects, Revit templates and required parameter files to use when creating BIM files.
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Category 1 Elevator Inspections: Report Filing Deadline Extended
The deadline to file 2012 Category 1 Elevator Inspection and Affirmation of Correction Reports has been extended to December 31, 2013. This extension applies to reports for unsatisfactory Category 1 inspections for the Calendar Year 2012 inspection cycle.
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Stationary Engineers + General Contractors:
Online License / Registration Renewal Payments
Online renewal payments are now available for Department-licensed stationary engineers and Department safety registrations.  These licensees and registrants may now pay renewal fees with our secure online payment portal.
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New Construction Site Signage: Sidewalk Shed + Construction Fence Requirements
Project sites with construction fences or sidewalk sheds permitted on or after July 1, 2013 must meet new signage requirements that emphasize the type of work underway and highlight the project’s contact information.
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Hub Self-Service Expansion: Apply Online for Initial After-hours Variances
Hub Self-Service now allows architects, engineers, filing representatives and contractors to apply online for initial After-hours Variances – so there’s no need to visit the Department to apply, pay fees or obtain AHVs.
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Cranes + Derricks: Temporary Location During Renovations
The Cranes and Derricks Unit has temporarily relocated to the 6th floor of 280 Broadway. The Unit’s 5th floor office is being renovated to better accommodate our customers, staff and services.
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Requesting Payment Refunds
Beginning July 1, 2013, requests for refunds can be emailed or mailed to the Department borough office or unit where the initial payment was made.
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Electrical Advisory Board: New Location + Submission Process
Beginning Monday, June 17, the Electrical Advisory Board will be located at 1 Centre Street in Lower Manhattan – and there is a new process to submit applications for electrical installations of 1,000 KVA and above, as well as requests for special permission and new material approvals.
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Scaffold Safety Team
The Scaffold Safety Team has new email addresses to request corner scaffold pre-inspections and to submit third person on scaffold letters.
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Benchmarking Reports
The Benchmarking Report deadline has been extended. For owners whose buildings must provide a Benchmarking Report for 2012, reports must be uploaded no later than May 31, 2013.
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Places of Assembly:  Local Law 2 of 2013
New requirements for Places of Assembly go in effect on May 7, 2013.
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Filing Representative Registration
Beginning July 1, 2013, there will be two classes of filing representatives: Class 1 Filing Representatives and Class 2 Code and Zoning Representatives.
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After-hours Variance (AHV) Renewals
The NYC Development Hub’s Self-Service now allows filing representatives to file for After-hours Variance (AHV) Renewals for contractors or licensees.
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Construction Licensing Update
Beginning December 17, 2012, the Department will be responsible for all construction trade licensing exams and there will be new license examination and background investigation fees for all such licenses as per RCNY 101-03.
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Electrical Payments
Electrical Firms are now able to pay account fees online at the Electrical Firm Payments portal.
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Electrical Inspection Request Process
To improve the Department's electrical inspection scheduling, as of November 29, 2012, all electrical inspection appointments will now be made through the Electrical Inspection Request Form. Appointment requests will no longer be accepted via fax.
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Low- and High-Pressure Boiler Inspection & Report Deadlines Extended
The Department has extended 2012's inspection cycle for low- and high-pressure boilers to December 31, 2012. Additionally, the deadline for the reports for these inspections has been extended until February 15, 2013.
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Category 1 Elevator Inspection Cycle Extended
The Department has extended 2012's deadline for Category 1 Elevator Inspections to February 15, 2013. Additionally, the deadline for the reports for these inspections has been extended until March 29, 2013.
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Owner Email Needed to Electronically File PW1
To improve communication throughout the construction process, applicants must provide the owner's email address in the PW1 application when filing a project electronically.
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NYC Development Hub
Hub customers are now able to pay fees online at the Hub Payment Portal.
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Cranes + Derricks:  New Mast Climber Forms
Beginning July 1, applicants must use the new Mast Climber application forms and submit them to the Department’s Cranes and Derricks Division before installing, climbing, using or removing a mast climber.
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Electrical Code: ECB Violations for Non-Compliance
Starting July 1, 2012, electrical work not in compliance with the NYC 2011 Electrical Code will be subject to Environmental Control Board (ECB)  violations.
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Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP)
Owners of buildings higher than six stories must have exterior walls and appurtenances inspected every five years and they must file a technical façade report with the Department.
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Submit 3D Site Safety Plans Electronically
The Department is now electronically accepting three-dimensional site safety plans. Using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, designers can create sophisticated, modernized site safety plans that will enhance construction safety, promote collaboration between property owners, architects, engineers and the Department – and accelerate the approval process.
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New ADA Standards + DOB Construction Permits
Design standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have recently been updated. Beginning March 15, 2012, new buildings and major alterations may be required to meet these new minimum requirements.
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Work Without a Permit or SWO Violations
Beginning February 14, 2012, applicants or property owners must submit a new L2 form when requesting an override, reduction or waiver of civil penalties for Work Without a Permit or Stop Work Order violation. See the L2 instructions for more on the new form and submission requirements.
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Procedures to Obtain After-Hours Variances for Crane Work
After-Hours Variances must be obtained for all after-hours cranes and derricks work - that is all work performed between the hours of 6pm and 7am on weekdays and anytime of the weekends. Click on the link below to learn more.
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Sustainable Contractor Designation Program Expanded
In November 2011, the Department expanded its Sustainable Contractor Designation Program to include Master Plumbers and Master and Special Electricians. Click on the link below to learn more.
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Account Statements of Electrical Firms
Starting in November 2011, the Department began mailing account statements to electrical firms on a quarterly basis. Click the link below to learn more.
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Changes to Elevator Filing Fees
In November 2011, the Department changed the minimum filing fees for elevator applications. Click on the link below to learn more.
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Green Roof & Solar Panel Applications for Tax Abatement
Starting in October 2011, all applicants seeking tax abatements for green roof and solar panel installations must efile their applications through the Department’s new NYC Development Hub. Click on the link below to learn more.
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New Form for Boiler Batch Intakes
In October 2011, the Department began requiring applicants file the new Boiler Batch Intake form when filing five or more inspection reports at a time. Click on the link below to learn more.  
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Pre-filing & Applications Processing Simplified in Manhattan & Staten Island
In October 2011, the Department’s Manhattan and Staten Island borough offices began combining the pre-filing and applications processing into one step. Click below to learn more.
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Changes to After-Hours Variance Permit & Payment Processes
In September 2011, the Department consolidated the After-Hours Variance permitting and payment processes. Click on the link below to learn more.
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New Reinstatement Fees for Expired Permits & Applications
In September 2011, the Department changed the reinstatement fees for expired permits and applications. Click on the link below to learn more.
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New Minimum Alteration Application Filing Fees
In September 2011, the Department changed the minimum filing fees for all alteration applications. Click on the link below to learn more.
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Online After-Hours Variances Renewal
Starting in March 2011, the Department began allowing contractors and tradespeople to renew After-Hours Variance (AHV) permits online using the Department’s efiling system. Click on the link below to learn more.
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Changes to Plan Reviews for Manhattan Eating & Drinking Establishments
Starting in August 2011, applications for new eating and drinking establishments in Manhattan began having streamlined construction plan reviews through NBAT, the New Business Acceleration Team. Click on the link below to learn more.
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SBS Waterfront Permits Unit New Location
In August 2011, the NYC Department of Small Business Services’ (SBS) Waterfront Permits Unit moved from 280 Broadway to SBS' headquarters at 110 William Street, 7th Floor, in Lower Manhattan.
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LAA Applications for Boiler Fuel Upgrades
Starting in July 2011, the Department began allowing oil burner installers to file LAA applications to upgrade boiler’s fuel grade to a cleaner fuel. Click on the link below to learn more.
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New Safety Requirements for Sidewalk Sheds
In July 2011, new sidewalk shed safety and illumination requirements took effect in accordance with Local Law 51 of 2010. Click the link to learn more.
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New Re-Inspection Fees for Hazardous Violations
Beginning in June 2011, the Department began applying an $85.00 re-inspection fee to each open hazardous violation the Department re-inspects. Click on the link below to learn more.
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New General Liability Insurance Requirements
In June 2011, the Department introduced new General Liability insurance requirements for construction and demolition projects. Click on the link to learn more.
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Online Inspection Requests Can Now be Made for Queens Construction
Beginning in June 2011, the Department’s Queens Construction Unit began accepting construction inspection requests through 311’s website. Click on the link below to learn more.
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New Permits for Crane Work
In May 2011, the Department introduced new permits for crane work. Click on the link below to learn more.
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New Landmarks Preservation Commission Filing Fees
In May 2011, the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s (LPC) filing fees increased. The fees apply to all initial applications filed to do work on landmarked property or when a Certificate of Appropriateness or Certificate of No Effect is required from LPC. Click on the link below to learn more.
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Elimination of ASB4s Asbestos Exemption Form
As of May 2011, the Department began no longer requiring ASB4 asbestos exemption forms to be submitted with related PW1 forms. Click on the link below to learn more.
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New Customer Service Counter Hours
In March 2011, the Department announced new customer service counter hours for the Construction, Plumbing and Electrical units. Click on the link below to view the new hours.
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Changes to Cranes & Derricks Application Filing Fees
In March 2011, the filing fees for applications to the Cranes & Derricks Unit changed. Click on the link below to view the new fees.
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Applications for Sign & Sign Structures
Only sign hangers licensed by the Department and New York State-licensed architects and professional engineers may submit applications for sign and sign structures. Click on the link below to learn more.
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Special Inspection Agency Registration
Special Inspection Agencies must be registered with the Department. Click the link below to learn more and view the requirements.
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Adult Establishments
1 RCNY 9000-1 clarifies the Department’s criteria for determining the dates of establishment and discontinuance for adult establishments, houses of worship and schools. Click on the link below to learn more.
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Form Changes
You must now use the 01/11 versions of the following forms: 

 

  • PW1: Plan Work Approval Application
  • PW1C: Schedule C- Heating & Combustion Equipment
  • PC1: Required Items Checklist for Professional Certification
  • TR1: Technical Report Statement of Responsibility
  • ED16A: Electrical Permit Application
  • EN2: As Built Energy Analysis
  • TR8: Technical Report Statement of Responsibility for Energy Code Progress Inspections

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Documentation for HMO Class C Licenses
All licensed Class C Hoisting Machine Operators must have provided documentation to the Department by October 1, 2009 of Certified Crane Operator (CCO) certificate from that National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) or certification documentation from the Crane Institute Certification (CIC) to keep their license current.
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Licensed riggers/sign hangers seeking to obtain a new rigging foreman tear-off card must provide a notarized letter and other supporting documentation to the Department’s Licensing Unit.
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