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Important Updates & Reminders

Stay informed of upcoming deadlines and recent code changes that could impact your construction projects - click on a state below to read up on the latest municipal compliance updates.

New York | New Jersey | Connecticut | Illinois | California | Texas | Washington, D.C.

NEW YORK

JUNE 2024

  • Starting Monday, June 3, 2024, all existing and new users of DOB NOW will require an NYC.ID account to log into DOB NOW: Build, Safety, BIS Options and Licensing. To continue to have access to all your filings in DOB NOW, you must use the same email address associated with your filings in DOB NOW to create your NYC.ID.  

  • Reminder: NYC restaurants have until August 3, 2024 to apply to the DOT's new permanent outdoor dining program, Dining Out NYC, in order to keep their outdoor dining setups in operation and avoid violations. To learn more, click here.

  • The DOB recently announced all parking garages must have a one-time initial observation performed by a QPSI and filed to the DOB by August 1, 2024. Leverage HLZAE's LL126 services to avoid penalties. 

MAY 2024

  • According to Local Law 157, as of May 1st, 2025, property owners of buildings with gas piping and gas service will be required to have gas detectors installed within each unit. Owners now have a year to install gas detectors in order to meet compliance.

  • The Landmarks Preservation Commission has launched Portico, their new web-based permit portal. Building owners of landmarked buildings and their applicant teams must create a login in the new system to be able to sign applications. Click here to create an account.

  •  In January, the DOB announced a new schedule for reinstatement fees for abandoned applications, expired permits and amended plans. A May 2nd Service Notice clarified that the DOB may allow a filing that substantially changes the scope of an abandoned application or an expired permit to continue with the same job number as long as all fees are paid as if a new application were filed for the work.

APRIL 2024

  • The DOT is now accepting permit applications for Dining Out NYC, the new permanent outdoor dining program. Restaurants have until August 3, 2024 to apply to the new program to keep their outdoor dining setups in operation. To request our assistance with meeting DOT compliance, click here.

  • The Landmarks Preservation Commission has launched Portico, their new web-based permit portal. Building owners of landmarked buildings and their applicant teams must create a login in the new system to be able to sign applications. Click here to create an account.

MARCH 2024

  • In accordance with Local Law 157 , natural gas alarms must be installed in private dwellings before May 1st, 2025. This does not apply to buildings that do not have gas service.
  • In accordance with Local Law 126, the first round of $1,000 fines for late parking structure safety reports have already been issued at the beginning of January. If you missed the deadline, this same fine will be issued at the start of each month until you are in compliance.

FEBRUARY 2024

  • Reminder: All NYC garages must file a one-time initial observation report to the DOB by August 1, 2024. This new required observation report will be in addition to the previously required engineering reports that are still due in 2025 and 2027. For more information on LL126 requirements, please click here.

  • Façade Inspection and Safety Program (FISP) reports for buildings over six stories tall in Cycle 9 Window C for block numbers 1, 2, and 3 are due to the DOB by February 21, 2024. If you have not filed your FISP report yet, you are still required to submit a report even if it is going to be late. If interested in utilizing our strategic partner HLZAE to perform your building’s FISP inspection, please note that they cannot guarantee completion prior to the 2/21/24 deadline.

JANUARY 2024

  • As of January 2, 2024, in accordance with LL149, the DOB will not issue a permit if the Construction Superintendent designated on the permit application is already assigned on 3 or more active permits. This is a change from the previous limitation of 5 jobs.

  • New Building Carbon Emission limits went into effect on January 1, 2024, in accordance with LL97. Please click here to learn more.

  • New Fossil Fuel Limitations on New Buildings went into effect January 1st, 2024, in accordance with LL154. The law aims to phase out fossil fuels used in new buildings to help lower emissions. The first phase of LL154 applies to Group R-3 (1- and 2-family homes) and all occupancies less than 7 stories tall (excluding Service HW).

  • Effective January 1, 2024, owners of buildings with parapets fronting the public right-of-way, regardless of height, are required to have an annual observation of the building’s parapet performed.

DECEMBER 2023 

  • LL152 Enforcement: Please be aware the DOB will now be enforcing fines for buildings that have not filed their Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification. Owners have until December 31, 2023, to have a certification submitted or face a civil penalty of $5,000. Please check out HLZAE’s blog article on Local Law 152 for more information.

  • As of Dec. 4th: The NYC DOB has instituted fee changes for Letter of No Objection (LNO)/Letter of Verification, the OP 128: Ordinary Plumbing Work Report, and Temporary Use Letter Renewals.

ILLINOIS

JANUARY 2024

  • Reminder (Chicago): The next Chicago Self-Cert Program will be held January 30 - February 1, 2024. Sign-up for new and renewing Self-Certification Professionals is now open. Currently registered Self-Certification Professionals with registrations expiring December 31, 2023, will have their registrations extended through January 2024 if they register for the class before their expiration date. These classes are held only once every two years so sign up now before it is too late!

TEXAS

May 2024

  • As of May 1, 2024: Permit fees are increasing at the City of Dallas, effective May 1, aimed at streamlining permitting processes and aligning with industry standards. The Dallas City Council approved an ordinance amending Chapters 49, 51A, and 52 on March 27, to implement the new fee schedule. Visit the City's website for more information.

 

CALIFORNIA

APRIL 2024

  • On February 1st, 2024, LADOT transitioned their L.A. Al Fresco program from temporary to permanent and began accepting applications for On-Street Dining Revocable Permits. All temporary outdoor setups will be valid until July 31, 2024. For assistance obtaining a revocable permit, please reach out.

MARCH 2024

  • Reminder: On July 1st 2024, CALGreen will go into effect for all California projects submitting permits. The main changes are related to EV Charging requirements in parking spaces and Life Cycle Cost Assessments being required on projects over 100,000 square feet.

 

 


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