2012 February

From the monthly archives:

February 2012


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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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