Our inspection structure is split between development inspections (i.e. new structures, major alterations) and enforcement inspections (i.e. complaint response, re-inspections, joint inspections). DOB inspectors enforce the NYC Building Code and NYC Zoning Resolution to ensure Code-compliance and the safety of all New Yorkers.
During inspection, you can expect a courteous inspector who adequately describes any objection being cited. From that your hired professional will be able to request a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. Please see the Certificate of Occupancy unit after the PASS-FINAL is issued for the next step.
If your contact email is included on the work permit, you will also be able to request the inspection via DOB NOW: Inspections in addition to the Applicant-of-Record (professional engineer/registered architect) and chosen delegates.
Be aware that a few items can hold up the final issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. All open items must be processed, including violations, Stop Work Orders, addressing Borough Commissioner requirements, and other project-related inspections. Once all items are addressed your application can be closed out and the final Certificate of Occupancy will be issued.
In the event the job fails inspection, you have a few opportunities to get back the project back on track:
If you have inspection questions about of your development project, please contact the Construction Development Inspection unit in the borough where your project is located:
For information about enforcement inspections, please contact the Construction Enforcement Inspections unit in the borough where your project is located: