Cranes & Derricks

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of April 27, 2020, Crane Prototypes (CPs) and Crane Device (CDs) filings (new, amendments, and renewals) must be submitted in DOB NOW as part of Phase One of the cranes launch in DOB NOW: Build.

The Cranes & Derricks Unit (C&D) oversees the design, installation, and safe operation of equipment used for hoisting or lifting purposes. The Unit does not regulate equipment installed on water.

Contact the C&D Unit
2 Lafayette Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10007
9:00 am to 3:00 pm (M-F)
(212) 393-2411


To report an incident or accident involving a crane or derrick, call the Cranes & Derricks Unit at (212) 393-2127.


To schedule an appointment for Crane Inspections, Stop Work Order (SWO) re-inspections, or confirmation numbers and notifications, call (212) 393-2662.

General Questions

For general Cranes & Derricks questions, call (212) 393-2411.

Plan Examination 

Appointments are available 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and must be made 24 hours in advance. Walk-in appointments are not available. Provide the following required information to make an appointment:

  • Attendee name
  • Company name
  • Building/site location
  • Crane Notice number (CN#) or Special Rigger number (SR#)

Appointment Duration

Special Rigger 15-minute appointment

Crane Notification Single Appointment (1 hour)
Double Appointment (2 hours)


To change or cancel your appointment, you must notify the Department 24 hours in advance to schedule an appointment with a Plan Examiner, call (212) 393-2550

Personnel & Tower Material Hoists

Personnel and Tower Material hoists are regulated by the Department’s Elevator Unit.

Outrigger Beams & C-Hooks

When using Outrigger Beams or C-Hooks, a CD5 Form must be filed with the Department by a NYC Licensed Rigger (Master or Special) and 24 to 48-hour notice must be given before installation. Contact the C&D Unit at (212) 393-2550.

Additional Information