2011 October

From the monthly archives:

October 2011


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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