FROM THE MONTHLY ARCHIVES:  February 2012
  • February Crossword Puzzle

    Take a break and test your knowledge. See if you can get every clue in our crossword puzzle on violations.

  • Getting High Line Permit Approval on Manhattan’s West Side

    If you’re developing a building within 25 feet of the High Line, your project will require High Line approval before obtaining New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) approval. The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side and runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street, between 10th and 11th avenues. read more →

  • Is It Time for Your Façade Inspection? Sub-cycle 7C Starts February 21

    On February 21, 2012, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) starts accepting façade inspection reports for buildings taller than six stories in tax blocks ending in 1, 2 and 3. Inspection report filing continues for similar buildings in tax blocks 0, 7 and 8. Five-Year Exam. Local Law 11 of 1998, “Periodic Inspection read more →

  • February Articles Compilation

    Philadelphia Approves New Zoning Code The City of Philadelphia recently passed legislation that modernizes Philadelphia’s zoning code for the first time in 50 years. The unanimously passed regulations codify the city’s development regulations and set expectations regarding land use. The four-year code rewrite process included: 50 public meetings of the Zoning Code Commission (ZCC) two read more →

  • Back to Basics: Understanding the FDNY’s LOD, LOA and LOR Documents

    If you are going through the fire alarm application process with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), know the difference among a Letter of Defect (LOD), Letter of Recommendation (LOR) and Letter of Approval (LOA). Once plans have been approved and permitted and all work has been performed, the electrician will schedule an FDNY read more →

  • Philadelphia Approves New Zoning Code

    The City of Philadelphia recently passed legislation that modernizes Philadelphia’s zoning code for the first time in 50 years. The unanimously passed regulations codify the city’s development regulations and set expectations regarding land use. The four-year code rewrite process included: 50 public meetings of the Zoning Code Commission (ZCC) two public hearings in City Council read more →

  • Long Island News: North Hempstead Offers Temporary Certificates of Occupancy

    The Town of North Hempstead now issues Temporary Certificates of Occupancy (TCOs) for commercial projects. Prior to issuing TCOs, building permit applications were required to go through two review phases to be approved. First, the building inspector would collect all inspection reports, affidavits and third-party inspection signoffs—then add notes to his checklist for approval. The read more →

  • New Jersey News: Plumbing Projects in Newark Require Sewerage Commission Review

    If you are submitting a permit in Newark that includes plumbing in the scope of work, it is subject to a Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) review. Upon Zoning Department approval, it is then forwarded to the PVSC for review. A representative from the PVSC performs reviews weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The review includes items read more →

  • Code Question: How Do I Ensure an Energy Analysis Conforms to the NYC Energy Conservation Code?

    Depending on the location and overall scope of your project, an energy analysis will most likely be required as part of your filing package. The analysis must comply with the provisions of the 2011 New York City Energy Conservation Code. Standards for energy efficiency in commercial buildings must be in accordance with Chapter 5 of read more →

  • Creating a Commercial Condominium with Tax Lot Subdivision

    Many building owners in New York City look to subdivide their buildings via a tax lot subdivision based on their current Certificate of Occupancy (CO), to give tenants the option of paying their own property taxes for their space or floor. This allows current and future tenants to, in a sense, “own” their space or read more →

  • NYC Buildings Department Holiday Closure

    The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2012, in honor of Presidents’ Day.