The Department issues licenses to Contractors qualified to perform construction work. Permits for renovation work are only issued to a Licensed General Contractor (GC). The GC must have a place of business in New York City as per Administrative Code Section AC 28-401.18. All licensees shall include their license number and business information on trucks, business cards and advertisements. See the NYC Administrative Code section 28-418 and OPPN 3 of 2005.
Licensed Contractors must register first to use the Department’s online ePermit processing system. A permit application must be completed online by the licensed or registered Contractor for the issuance of a renovation permit. Prior to issuing a permit for the approved project, the following are required:
Payment of any unpaid Project Application fees.
Identification of responsible Special Inspection Agencies (SIA) by the Registered Design Professional.
Request for waiver of penalties, stop work order (SWO) or violations (former L2 Form).
The Administrative Code of the City of New York §28-301.1 requires Owners to maintain their properties in a safe condition. Property Owners, Contractors and Construction Site Managers must minimize the risk of accidents and fire.
For regulations related to the safety of employees on a construction or demolition site, OSHA Standards shall apply, per BC 3301.1.
For regulations related to party wall protection, see NYC BC 3309.8.
For regulations related to waterproof integrity, per BC 3309.9.
The permit holder is required to notify the Department prior to excavation per NYC Building Code 3304.3.1.
Notification to adjoining property owners, per BC 3309.1.1.
All equipment shall be used according to the manufacturers’ specifications and the requirements of the NYC Building Code. Where there is a discrepancy, the stricter requirement shall apply, per BC 3301.1.3
Open fires are illegal on construction sites. NYC Fire Code §1404.3.
Approved portable fire extinguishers must be available on floors where combustible materials or liquids are stored, where combustible waste is being generated and at the entrance of each storage and construction shed, per NYC Fire Code §1415.1.
Temporary heating equipment used at construction sites, per NYC Fire Code §1403.
If you have a Fire Department variance to use a coal-fired heater, you must minimize the fire load on concrete construction projects, per NYC BC §3303.6 and NYC Fire Code §307.2.2. To apply for a variance, contact FDNY’s Bureau of Fire Prevention at (718) 999-2377.
Store materials away from flames, per NYC Fire Code §308.2.
All shanties and contractor sheds shall be built from fire-retardant or non-combustible materials and shall be located in safe area, per NYC Building Code §3303.1.3.
Construction documents for renovation in an occupied manufacturing building during construction shall include a Tenant/Occupant Protection Plan as required BC 3303.10. Such plan shall contain a statement that the building contains areas that will be occupied during construction. The plan shall include the specific areas that are occupied during construction and the means and methods to be employed to safeguard the safety and health of the occupants with details such as temporary fire-rated assemblies, opening protective, or dust containment procedures. The elements of the occupant protection plan shall have detailed and specific provisions for egress, fire safety, structural safety, and health requirements.
In an occupied building, protective means (barricades, signs, drop cloths, etc.), shall also be installed and maintained as necessary to provide protection for the occupants against construction hazards and nuisances, and contained in the occupant protection plan.
Renovation projects such as excavation, demolition and façade repair can require the installation of temporary construction equipment such as sidewalk sheds, fences, scaffolds, material chutes, hoist, etc. This equipment is required to safely move materials associated with the project to protect workers and the public, per AC Section 28-105.8 and BC Chapter 33. Also refer to Construction Project Guidelines for Temporary Construction Equipment.