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New York City Loft Board
Letters of No Objection

Letters of No Objection are required for all work in IMD buildings. The New York City Department of Buildings ("DOB") requires a Loft Board "Letter of No Objection" for all proposed work in IMD buildings, whether the owner or a tenant proposes the work. To get the letter from the Loft Board, an owner must be in compliance with all Loft Board rules. Specifically:

  1. the IMD registration must be current,
  2. all fines must be paid (or an agreement for payment must have been executed and the owner must be in compliance with the agreement), and
  3. the owner must demonstrate that all reasonable and necessary steps are being taken to legalize the IMD units in the building.

In addition, if the building already has a final certificate of occupancy, the owner must submit all necessary filings to have the building removed from the Loft Board's jurisdiction before a Letter of No Objection will be issued.

The request for a Letter of No Objection also must be accompanied by:

  1. the DOB Plan/Work Approval Application that has been submitted to the department,
  2. the DOB objection sheet, and
  3. the corresponding architectural plans.

In addition, the Plan/Work Approval Application filed with DOB must indicate that the work proposed requires "no change in use, egress or occupancy."

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