FROM THE MONTHLY ARCHIVES:  August 2011
  • NYC Board of Standards and Appeals Fees Rise 25 to 100%

    Signed into law by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and effective immediately on July 11, 2011, the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) has increased its filing and review fees by anywhere from 25 to 100%. When property owners’ proposals have been denied by the City’s Departments of Buildings, Fire or Business Services, read more →

  • 4 Concrete Cases that Skip Special Inspections in NYC

    Almost any project involving concrete requires certified compliance with the New York City Building Code through special inspections by a licensed concrete testing lab. Concrete special inspections are listed in Section 3 of the TR1 Technical Report Statement of Responsibility form. Subsequently, additional forms TR2 and TR3 would be required for documentation. Exceptions. However, according read more →

  • Legally Combine NYC Condos and Apartments

    Many condominium unit owners in New York City who wish to increase their living space have now realized that purchasing and combining an adjacent unit is more feasible today than it was in the past. The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) has made it easier to obtain approval to combine residential condominium units read more →

  • Avoid DOB Permit Renewal Delays or Worse – Stop Work Order

    Receiving a stop work order and violation for doing work without a permit is a general contractor’s nightmare. The following tips will help prevent delays in permit issuance or renewal: Monitor when permits and insurances (General Liability, Workers’ Compensation & Disability) are due to expire. For general updates, instruct the insurance provider/broker to supply original read more →

  • Summer Streets Bans Construction August 6, 13 and 20 – But NYC DOT Allows Waivers

    For the 2011 Summer Streets event, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a construction embargo in effect from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays, August 6, 13 and 20. Any non-emergency permits are null and void for these dates and locations. As seen in previous years, this embargo may read more →

  • Back to School! 5 +1 Tips to Secure C of Os on School Grounds

    Another school year will begin soon, with a return to slower traffic in school zones and piles of homework for students. Those with construction projects at educational institutions have their own homework, including operating and occupancy deadlines so classes can start on time. Rest assured, Milrose Consultants is not just for high-rises. Code consulting and certificates read more →

  • Reminder: NYC Cracks Down on Sidewalk ATM Booths

    The Environmental Control Board amended its Department of Transportation (DOT) Penalty Schedule June 14, adding two new charges to Section 3-124 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY). The rule takes effect on August 5, 2011. This action responds to Local Law 4 read more →

  • Back to Basics: Ordinary Repairs that Do Not Require a Permit

    Does a project require a work permit? It’s often hard to determine what type of work requires a permit from the Department of Buildings (DOB) and what type of work doesn’t. A DOB permit is not required for any work involving “minor alterations” or “ordinary repairs” as defined in Section 28-105.4.2.1 of the 2008 New read more →

  • New Jersey Code Question: Horizontal Exits Increase Design Versatility and Occupant Safety

    To allow safe evacuation from a multi-story office building during a fire or other emergency, three enclosed stairways may be required, depending on occupant load. The Third Exit. Horizontal exits may provide a third exit component for an existing large multi-story office building. Typically, in an office reconfiguration, a change of use for an assembly read more →

  • August 2011 Trivia Fun Facts

    The average temperature of New York City’s pavement on a hot summer day is 150 degrees. The oldest cattle ranch in the United States was started in 1747 in Montauk on Long Island. The State Song of Connecticut is “Yankee Doodle.” New Jersey has the most diners in the world. (In fact, the Garden State read more →

  • August Articles Compilation

    NYC Board of Standards and Appeals Fees Rise 25 to 100% Signed into law by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and effective immediately on July 11, 2011, the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) has increased its filing and review fees by anywhere from 25 to 100%. When property owners’ proposals have been read more →