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August 2017

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DOB NOW: Build For Curb Cuts and Antennas

DOB NOW: Build for curb cuts and antennas officially launched on Monday, August 28th. All filings for these two job types must be submitted online, which means you no longer need to come down to our borough offices to file for these jobs. As we continue rolling out DOB NOW, more and more of the tasks formerly performed at the Department's borough offices will be moved online. If you have any questions, please feel free to submit an inquiry to DOB NOW Online Help.

Antenna and Curb Cut Filings Service Update

DOB NOW: Build

DOB NOW Public Portal

New Borough Intake Form Means Shorter Lines at DOB

On August 1, we introduced a new borough intake form, required when submitting certain filings to our DOB borough offices.

This form allows the Department to better track filings for permit and certificate of occupancy applications, while also allowing applicants to receive decision notifications via email instead of requiring another trip to the our offices.

Service Notice

Borough Intake Form

DOB NOW Video Tutorials And Webinars

Missed out on our training info sessions and webinars on all the new changes happening with DOB NOW? No problem: we're are uploading training videos on to the Department's official YouTube page.

DOB Youtube Channel

DOB NOW: Build Resources for Antenna and Curb Cut Filings

DOB NOW: Safety Resources For Boiler Filings

1,200+ Boiler Filings Already Submitted in DOB NOW

In the first two weeks since boiler compliance filings launched in DOB NOW: Safety on August 14, over 1,200 Boiler compliance filings have been submitted and more than 1,500 users have logged into DOB NOW. Join DOB NOW by register in eFiling today!

Disciplinary Cases

A criminal summons was issued to a building owner in Brooklyn for a repeated failure to comply with DOB vacate orders at an illegally converted manufacturing building that lacked proper fire suppression systems and adequate fire egress. Dating back to the initial vacate order in 2013, DOB inspectors observed that the building had been illegally reoccupied multiple times as both residential apartments and as an events space.

A $25,000 fine was levied against a general contractor after construction material fell from a tower under construction in Midtown Manhattan to the sidewalk below.

DOB recently issued 21 violations for unlicensed work in NYC. Of these violations, 12 were issued for unlicensed plumbing work, 7 for unlicensed electrical work, 1 for unlicensed welding work, and 1 for unlicensed work on fire suppression systems.

13 filing representatives were recently issued warning letters for having a no show rate of 25% or higher for scheduled appointments with DOB. They were informed that failure to correct this conduct will lead to fines.

Additional Disciplinary Actions & Voluntary Surrenders

Industry Code of Conduct for Construction Professionals

Website Updates

L2 Form Requests for Overrides, Reductions, or Waivers

Industry Notice: Changes Made by LL 80 of 2017 to Impact NYC Class B Hoisting Machine Operator Licenses

Local Law 87 of 2009 Updates

DOB NOW: Safety - Payments

DOB NOW: Safety - Boiler Compliance Filings - How to File Multiple Inspection Reports

DOB NOW: Safety - Boiler Compliance Filings - New Boiler Device ID Number Format

DOB NOW: Safety Boiler Resources

DOB Guide to Boilers

Owner Registration in eFiling Tip Sheet

Limited Alteration Application (LAA) Fees and Penalties – Category 1

Limited Alteration Application (LAA) Fees and Penalties – Category 2

Construction Related Accident Reports

PW3 Cost Affidavit

Job Postings

Sign up for Weather Alerts


Service Updates

Work Without a Permit
Requesting an Override,
Reduction or Waiver of Civil Penalties

Local Law 87/09
Process to Comply for New Buildings and Buildings Undergoing Alterations

Administrative Enforcement Unit
Available Services and Service Level Agreements

Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Phone System
Building Enforcement Safety Team Added

DOB NOW: Inspections
DPL-1 Form

DOB NOW: Inspections
Gas Authorization and Plumbing Sign-off Request Changes

DOB NOW: Safety
eFiling: Registration Required to submit Boiler Compliance Filings

DOB NOW: Safety
Boiler Compliance Filings Launch

Construction Code Determinations

Boiler Insurance Agency Inspectors
eFiling: New Enrollment Process

High Pressure Boiler Operators/Stationary Engineers
eFiling: New Enrollment Process

Filing Representatives
eFiling: Registration Changes

Registered Landscape Architects
eFiling: New Enrollment Process

License Applicants and Current Licensees
Fitness Requirements

Hearings + Rules

Fees for Certain Services

1 RCNY 101-03 The Department of Buildings (DOB) is proposing to add fees for variation of the Construction Codes, the 1968 or prior Building Code, or section 277.16 of the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL) for Article 7B buildings; predetermination requests with respect to the Zoning Resolution, Construction Codes or 1968 or prior Building Code; and appeals of objections that were affirmed.

Public hearing: 9/14/17 @ 2pm - 280 Broadway, 3rd Floor Conference Room

Amendment of Qualifications for Energy Auditors and Retro-commissioning Agents

1 RCNY 103-07 The Department of Buildings (DOB) is proposing to amend the qualifications for energy auditors and retro-commissioning agents.

Public hearing: 9/22/17 @ 9:30am - 280 Broadway, 3rd Floor Conference Room

All Department Rules


LIC6: General Contractor Registration Form and instructions

LIC8: Filing Representative Application

LIC61: Physical Examination Form

LIC62: Physical Examination Form

Department Approved Course Providers

2014 Construction Code Updates

Update pages are printable inserts to keep your hard copy Construction Codes up to date.

All update pages for the 2014 NYC Construction Codes.

Did You Know

DOB is committed to transparency and ensuring that New Yorkers can access the data we produce. That’s why we’re moving more and more of our information to NYC Open Data. This summer, we added two new datasets to Open Data, info on DOB-issued certificates of occupancy, as well as info on the construction-related licenses DOB issues, such as for licensed master plumbers and electricians.

Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner

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