The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) holds primary responsibility for interpreting and enforcing the City’s Zoning Resolution to ensure the safe and lawful use of over one million buildings and construction sites across the five boroughs. Among other responsibilities, the DOB:
Much development in New York City occurs as-of-right. Once DOB is satisfied that the proposed structure complies with all relevant provisions of the Zoning Resolution and the Building Code, a building permit is issued and construction can begin. No further action is required.
In some cases, administrative and enforcement responsibilities are delegated to other agencies with special expertise. For example, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection enforces industrial performance standards related to air quality and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development administers Inclusionary Housing provisions.