In New York City, building construction, demolition and asbestos abatement operations are primarily regulated by the Department of Buildings (DOB), the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Fire Department (FDNY). Depending on the nature of the work, building owners and contractors must receive permits from and be inspected by some combination of these three agencies.
In order to enhance the regulation, oversight, and safety of construction, demolition, and abatement activities, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg issued a comprehensive report on these activities, including 33 recommendations developed by the Construction, Demolition, and Abatement Working Group chaired by Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler and comprised of the FDNY, DEP, DOB, and the Law Department.
Click on links below to the three agencies that oversee and regulate construction, demolition and abatement activities in New York City:
Department of Buildings
DOB issues permits for construction and demolition activities in the City of New York. The department inspects plans and sites to verify that appropriate protocols are followed.
Fire Department of New York
FDNY issues permits for hazardous materials, some of which may be in use on construction or demolition sites. In addition, uniformed and non-uniformed members of FDNY inspect construction and demolition sites to ensure compliance with fire safety standards.
Department of Environmental Protection
DEP oversees and inspects asbestos abatement activities throughout the City, whether conducted independently of or in association with construction or demolition activities.
Note new DEP Asbestos Rules and Regulations at:
These reports describe the New York City Fire Department’s continuing efforts to improve
its construction, demolition and asbestos abatement (CDA) inspection program and
provides data on the results of those efforts.