FROM THE MONTHLY ARCHIVES:  October 2011
  • NYC DOB Unveils Plans for the Hub

    The New York City Department of Buildings has just announced its latest development: the Hub. This state-of-the-art, virtual plan review center will accelerate review timelines for drawings and applications. Housed separately from the DOB offices, the Hub will operate as a virtual clearinghouse. All plan reviews and meetings will take place via video conferencing and conference read more →

  • What You Need to Know About Vaults

    Last year, the Department of Transportation (DOT) defined a vault as “any opening below the surface of the street and outside the property line that is covered over.” Vault Definition Exceptions In the same document, the DOT identifies a few exceptions to what constitutes a vault: Openings used exclusively as places of egress or ingress read more →

  • Know the Differences Between Awnings and Marquees

    To install an awning or marquee, or alter an existing one, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) requires that an application for a work permit be filed and approved by their office. Although similarities exist between awnings and marquees, there are many differences. The 2008 New York City Building Code identifies two basic read more →

  • Code Question: Which air conditioning units require Certificates of Compliance?

    What type of air conditioning units are required to have Certificates of Compliance (formerly known as Equipment Use Permits) prior to operating? When the 2008 New York City Administrative Code took effect on July 1, 2008, Equipment Use Permits were officially replaced by Certificates of Compliance. These permits/certificates apply to the same type of service equipment read more →

  • Back to Basics: Place of Assembly vs. Temporary Place of Assembly

    Will your project require a Place of Assembly (PA) or Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) Certificate of Operation? Find out what the differences are. You need a PA when 75 or more members of the public gather indoors (or 200 or more members gather outdoors) for religious, recreational, educational, political or social purposes; to consume read more →

  • Connecticut News: Norwalk Planning & Zoning Commission Approves West Avenue Wasteland, Looks Into Flooding

    The Planning & Zoning Commission has approved the first phase of the “District 95/7 SoNo” project, which includes 232 luxury apartments and retail space in two five-story buildings on West Avenue. In June, the Common Council also approved the first phase of the project at the 12-acre wasteland just south of I-95. Developer Spinnaker Real read more →

  • Stay Tuned: 2011 Holiday Embargo Dates

    It’s that time of year again: time for the 2011 Department of Transportation (DOT) Holiday Construction Embargo. Every year, crowds and traffic increase for holiday shopping and festivities, so New York City places a moratorium on street-side construction. During this Holiday Construction Embargo, street and sidewalk construction is restricted from 6:00 a.m. to midnight throughout read more →

  • Long Island News: Brookhaven Zoning Board to Review Cell Tower Requests

    The Brookhaven Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) now requires an additional review process for companies that want to put up cell towers and antennas, according to a recently passed zoning amendment. Before the proposed legislation’s introduction, applicants had to go before the Highway Department to obtain a permit. The new regulation requires companies to get read more →

  • New Jersey News: Top 10 Ways to Avoid Plan Review Objections

    Drawing upon our experience working in New Jersey, we have created a list of the Top 10 most common plan review objections. Incorporating the guidance below into your next filing set will ensure a faster plan review. 1. Provide applicable New Jersey codes. A list of the applicable New Jersey codes should appear on the read more →

  • Washington, D.C. News: No CFA Meeting in December

    For projects in the Washington, D.C. area that require approval from the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), it is important to note that there is no meeting in the month of December, so any applications requiring approval must be submitted by November 3 at the latest or they will be delayed until January 19.

  • Philadelphia News: Flood 2011 Permit Applications Accepted

    Due to recent flooding issues, the Bureau of Occupational & Industrial Safety will expedite any required permit application to repair or replace any of the following: Elevators and other lifting devices Boilers and unfired pressure vessels LPG tanks and installations Flammable and combustible liquids installations Required applications for UCC building permits to repair commercial buildings read more →