Skilled Trades Project Requirements:
Antenna Work & Site Requirements

Antenna installations require multiple permits. For new antenna installation, an electrical permit and a construction work permit are required. The electrical permit is issued to a NYC-Licensed Master Electrician (LME). A construction work permit is issued to NYC General Contractor. The general construction permit is issued to a NYC licensed General Contractor.

Only the above licensees — or the employees they supervise — may work on these systems. The Department of Buildings issues licenses to Skilled Tradespeople who are qualified to perform work related to their trade. LMEs must have a place of business in New York City — not a home office. See the NYC Administrative Codes §28-408 and §28-410.

Renovation Work Permit

All Skilled Trades and licensed Contractors must register first to use the Department’s online permit processing ePermit system. A permit application must be completed online by the licensed/registered professional 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
  • Request for waiver of penalties, stop work orders or violations (former L2 Form).
  • Licensee must have his/her license and insurance active and current

Work Site Safety Requirements

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.

Site Safety Regulations

  • Smoking on construction sites is illegal. NYC BC §3303.7.3 and NYC Fire Code §1404.1.
  • Tobacco, lighters and matches are prohibited on asbestos abatement sites. Local Law 35/09.
  • 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, combustible waste is being generated and at the entrance of each storage and construction shed. NYC Fire Code §1415.1.
  • Temporary heating equipment used at construction sites. 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. 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. NYC Fire Code §308.2.
  • When work involves relocation or modification of sprinkler, standpipes, fire protection systems, etc., the Contractor must notify FDNY and obtain approval if required.  NYC Building Code 3303.7 and BC 3303.8.
  • All shanties and contractor sheds shall be built from fire-retardant or non-combustible materials and shall be located in safe area. NYC Building Code §3303.1.3.
  • Follow Tenant/Occupant Protection Plans. NYC BC 3303.10.

Temporary Construction Equipment

Certain renovation projects, such as excavation, demolition façade repair and antenna system 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 and 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.

Tenant/Occupant Protection Plan

Construction documents for renovation in an occupied building during construction shall include a Tenant Protection Plan. Such plan shall contain a statement that the building contains dwelling units, offices, or similar, that will be occupied during construction. It shall also include the specific units that are occupied during construction and the means and methods employed to safeguard the safety and health of the occupants with details such as temporary fire-rated assemblies, opening protectives, or dust containment procedures.

The elements of the Tenant Protection Plan shall have detailed and specific provisions for egress, fire safety, structural safety, health requirements, and demonstrate compliance with housing standards and noise restrictions (AC §28-104.8.4).  In an occupied building, protective means (barricades, signs, drop cloths, etc.) shall be installed and maintained as necessary to provide protection for the occupants against construction hazards and nuisances.  Such protective means shall be indicated on the Tenant Protection Plan (TPP) per NYC BC §3303.10.

If the building undergoing construction contains at least one occupied dwelling unit. The elements of the TPP may vary depending on the nature and scope of the work but at a minimum shall make detailed and specific provisions for the following:

  • Egress
  • Fire Safety
  • Health Requirements
  • Compliance with Housing Standards
  • Structural Safety
  • Noise Restrictions

*Note: Other requirements & conditions may apply – Any additional requirements to assure tenant safety during construction.*


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