Design Professional Checklists: New Deck and Porch Installations

Regardless of how the project work is portioned out, administration of the work remains the responsibility of the Registered Design Professional (RDP) who is the Applicant of Record (Applicant) in responsible charge or has verified Code and Zoning compliance of the drawings and installations for the project. Although there may be some specific projects that do not involve architectural or structural work, which may be completed by other professionals, it is important that the RDP maintain control of the entire project.

This section contains a list of tasks that provide compliance with the Construction Codes and other regulations discussed in the Project Guidelines.

Checklists include:

Prior to Application Approval Checklist

  • Provide ‘reference only’ documents of legal existing conditions. These will speed up the plan review process by reducing comments and the number of back and forth checks. All existing conditions must be documented in the drawings.

  • Show fire-rated walls on all architectural, mechanical, and electrical, which will facilitate the plan review process.

  • Based on the project scope of work, include all applicable Special/Progress Inspections and commissioning statement.

  • Minimize deferred submittals to the extent possible to avoid construction delays.

  • Although the Registered Design Professionals are only required to show the final construction documents, the Applicant of Record should stamp and sign all formal submittals to the Department to demonstrate he/she has exercised responsible charge as required.

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Pre-Permit & On-going Project Work Checklist


Required Documents: Based on scope of work, supporting documents or deferred submittals must be completed in order to obtain a permit. The following may be required:

  • NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) approval

  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) approval

  • NYC Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) approval/authorization

  • DEP or OER authorization

  • FDNY – Notification or Letters of No Objection

  • Tenant/Occupant Protection Plan

  • SRO MD Anti-Harassment Checklist for residential

  • HPD Certificate of No Harassment for residential


Post Approval Amendments: If the approved work has substantive or significant changes, make sure to submit revised drawings and obtain a Post Approval Amendment (PAA).

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Project Completion Close-out Checklist

  • Verification: The Applicant shall verify that the Contractor completed the work in which the Construction Equipment was required for and passed all required inspections prior to the contractor obtaining a final sign-off of the completed work.

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