Buildings news update

February 8, 2021


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DOB NOW: Build Expansion for New Buildings and Occupancy,
Training Available

DOB is offering online training ahead of another expansion and upgrade to DOB NOW: Build, taking place in late February 2021. Please read our Service Notice. Design Professionals, Filing Representatives, General Contractors, and other Licensees who have a role in the below applications can register for training on the DOB NOW Training Page.

The upcoming DOB NOW: Build expansion will include:

Job Types

  • New Buildings
  • Alteration-CO (formerly Alt-1)


  • Introduction of new Building (BIN) level Schedule of Occupancy
  • All Certificate of Occupancy processing (including for BIS jobs) will be in DOB NOW
    • All transactions: Initials & Renewals
    • All types: Core & Shell, Temporary (TCO), Interim/Partial, Final

Other Additions

  • Temporary BIN (TBIN) Requests

Stay tuned! More details about the DOB NOW: Build expansion, including the dates of the releases, will be announced in future Service Notices.

Only 3 Weeks Left to Meet the 40-Hour Site Safety Training Deadline

The deadline for workers on Site Safety Training (SST) construction sites to meet the 40 hours of safety training mandated by Local Law 196 of 2017 is March 1, 2021.

DOB encourages workers who have not yet met the SST requirements to obtain the required training as soon as possible in order to continue working on SST sites.

Need to find training? Course seekers can search using DOB's Approved Course Provider Map which gives the option to filter through course providers by location, the availability of online training, language, and type of training.

Course seekers can also meet the training requirements by taking OSHA 10-Hour or 30-Hour classes from an OSHA-certified training provider.

Please visit our SST-LL 196 FAQs page for more on Local Law 196. For additional questions about the training requirements, please contact DOB at

New Yorkers: File Your Taxes for FREE with NYC Free Tax Prep

In these difficult economic times, it's more important than ever that New Yorkers eligible for file their taxes for free, claim important tax credits including the Earned Income Tax Credit, and keep their WHOLE refund.

NYC Free Tax Prep providers can help eligible New Yorkers file their taxes now and submit the returns to the IRS when tax season opens on February 12, 2021.

Do you qualify for free tax prep?

New Yorkers who earned $68,000 or less in 2020 may qualify for free tax preparation services in-person or online.

Learn more at or call 311 and ask for "tax preparation assistance." Services are available in multiple languages.

Melanie E. La Rocca Commissioner

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