The majority of construction requires a Department of Buildings permit. Most often, a New York State licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) must file plans and pull permits before work begins.
There are many permit types, such as construction, boiler, elevator and plumbing. The primary permit applications are: New Building (NB) and Alterations Type-1, 2, and 3:
A New York State licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA)must submit construction plans to obtain a permit. A Department plan examinerwill review the plans for any legal/zoning objections. When objections aresatisfied, the Department will approve the application. A licensed PE or RA mayalso certify that plans conform to all applicable laws.
Someminor work does not require a permit; a PE, RA, or Department borough officemanager can explain the exceptions. For example, installing new kitchencabinets doesn’t require a permit but Contractors must have a Department ofConsumer Affairs Home Improvement Contractor License.
Alicensed PE, RA, or Contractor can estimate these fees.
Planapproval time depends upon the project’s complexity and the issues – orobjections – to be resolved.