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Important NYC Updates & Reminders

Stay informed of recent regulatory changes and code updates that could impact your construction project - read the latest news below:

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JULY 2020

  • Permits will no longer receive automatic extensions: All licenses/registrations and permits issued by the DOB with an original expiration date on or after August 7, 2020 will expire on that original expiration date.
  • The Benchmarking Deadline for building owners to submit their energy and water consumption data is August 1st (extended from May 1st due to COVID-19). In compliance with LL 95, owners must print out their Building Energy Efficiency Rating from DOB NOW on October 1st and display it on the entrance of their building within 30 days.

JUNE 2020

MAY 2020

APRIL 2020

MARCH 2020

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FEBRUARY 2020

JANUARY 2020

    • Elevator Door Lock Monitoring requirement is now in effect: As of January 1, 2020, all automatic passenger and freight elevators must provide a system to monitor and prevent automatic operation with faulty door contact circuits. (Appendix K Chapter K3 Section 3.10.12, New York City Building Code).

      The DOB will take enforcement actions against non-compliant owners based on different types of inspections, including but not limited to:

    • Category 1 Inspections and tests
    • Periodic inspections (PVT) 
    • Complaint inspections
    • Acceptance inspection and tests

       

      Note: Elevator violations are a common roadblock in receiving your Temporary/Final Certificate of Occupancy. Please contact Milrose if you would like our assistance with bringing your elevators up to compliance.
  • Beginning January 1, 2020, gas piping systems in all buildings, except for buildings classified in occupancy group R-3, must be
    inspected by a LMP, or a qualified individual working under the direct and continuing supervision of a LMP.

  • Effective January 1, 2020, anyone performing gas work must possess either a Department-issued Master Plumber License or a Qualification for Gas Work. Refer to the DOB Service Update for more information.

  • The DOB and DOT offices will be closed on January 1st (New Years Day) and January 20th (Martin Luther King Day)

DECEMBER 2019

  • Effective December 5, 2019, in accordance with Local Law 110 of 2019, building owners must post a copy of a DOB/OATH summons in the lobby of the building that was issued a violating condition.

  • The DOB and DOT offices will be closed on December 25th (Christmas Day).

NOVEMBER 2019

  • Beginning November 15, 2019, in accordance with Local Laws 92 and 94, all new buildings and alterations of existing buildings where the entire existing roof deck or roof assembly is being replaced must provide a sustainable roofing zone covering 100% of the roof. For more information on the requirements, refer to our article "How to comply with NYC's new sustainability requirements for roofs".

  • The DOB and DOT offices will be closed on November 5th (Election Day), November 11th (Veterans Day), and November 28th (Thanksgiving).

  • Leave extra time to obtain a TPA permit for your upcoming holiday event.We recommend engaging us 30 days prior to your event.
  • A special Holiday Construction Embargo will commence on Friday, November 15, 2019, and run through Thursday, January 2, 2020, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. All permittees must comply with this embargo unless a special waiver is granted by OCMC. Waiver requests must be filed by Thursday, October 31, 2019. 

OCTOBER 2019

  • FDNY online services will go into effect on October 15th 2019, all new Emergency Planning and Preparedness applications and amendments to the below application types must be filed online (FDNY Business):
    • Comprehensive Fire Safety and Emergency Action Plan
    • Fire Protection Plan
    • Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan
    • High-Rise Residential (Non-Sequential Floor Numbering) BIC

Visit FDNY Business to start learning how to use the FDNY's new online platform

  • Beginning October 15, 2019, general contractors must post worker safety information signs at construction sites where site safety training is required.The Department has created a template of the worker safety information sign that complies with this new requirement. 

  • NYC DOB and FDNY Offices will be closed on Monday, October 14, 2019 for Columbus Day.

  • The NYC DOB has recently issued multiple Local Laws sanctioning false statements. A few of the important new laws to note include:
    • Local Law 118 of 2019: A Local Law to Amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to the tenant protection plan and penalties for false statements relating to tenant occupancy on certain construction documents. (FALSE STATEMENTS)
    • Local Law 117 of 2019: A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to requiring the Department of Buildings and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to audit a certain percentage of certifications of correction.
    • Local Law 115 of 2019: A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to preliminary inspections.
    • Local Law 114 of 2019: A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the city of New York, in relation to denying permits for occupied buildings. (FALSE STATEMENTS)
    • Local Law 108 of 2019: A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to expanding sanctions for submission of professionally-certified false or noncompliant building permit applications or plans. (FALSE STATEMENTS)
    • Local Law 107 of 2019: A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to identifying unlawful statements in submissions to the Department of Buildings. (FALSE STATEMENTS)
    • Local Law 105 of 2019: A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to sanctions for submitting incorrect professionally certified applications for construction document approval.
 

SEPTEMBER 2019

  • Effective September 25, 2019, it is prohibited to install or use stand-off brackets attached to cornice hooks (C-hook) to provide a suspended scaffold additional outreach from the face of a parapet or wall as stated in Buildings Bulletin 2019-006.

  • A Special Event Construction Embargo is in effect for the UN General Assembly from 12:01 am Monday, September 16th through 11:59 pm Monday, September 30th.  Any non-emergency permits issued will be suspended for the locations identified on this map

  • Effective September 3, 2019, all new boiler, fuel burner and fuel storage filings must be submitted in DOB NOW: Build under the new combined Boiler Equipment (BE) work type. Refer to the Service Notice for more information.
  • NYC DOB offices will be closed on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.

AUGUST 2019

  • A Special Event Construction Embargo is in effect for the US Open from 12:01 am Friday, August 23rd through 6 am Monday, September 9th. View all upcoming construction embargos on the DOT website.

  • As of May 30, 2019, any space that received a work without a permit violation on, or after, August 28, 2018 (the effective date of Local Law 158), will be subject to doubling of the civil penalties for a second work without a permit violation within one year of the most recent violation. Restriction on professionally certified filings applies to work without a permit violations that have not been paid and fully resolved/dismissed.

JULY 2019

  • Effective July 1, 2019: All new applications for the following work types will be mandatory to submit in DOB NOW: Build:
    • Mechanical Systems (MS)
    • Structural (ST)
    • Plumbing (PL)/Sprinkler (SP)/Standpipe (SD)
    All owners and licensed professionals will be required to register through E-Filing. View DOB NOW registration instructions here. Refer to our blog article for more information on the July filing launches. 

  • In accordance with recent amendments to the Electrical Code rules, new procedures will be effective July 11, 2019, for reviews that were formerly conducted by the Electrical Advisory Board. Please refer to the DOB service notice and Adoption of Rule Notice for more information.

JUNE 2019

FDNY UPDATE
  • Effective June 2, 2019, in accordance with Local Law 195 of 2018, Fire Alarm (FA), Fire Suppression (FP), and Fire Protection Plan (FPP) work types will no longer be filed with the DOB. Applicants must file these work types with The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and pay the filing fees to FDNY. Please refer to the pertaining Service Notice for more information. 
Jobs filed with DOB before June 2, 2019
  • These jobs will follow the current process. Amendments to these jobs will continue to be filed with DOB.
  • Jobs that are not in “A” through “D” status in the Buildings Information System (BIS) as of June 2, 2019, must be filed with FDNY (please refer to chart below).
  • Updated Training Deadline for Phase 2 of Local Law 196 of 2017, workers will need a minimum of 30 hours of training and supervisors will need 62 hours of training by December 1, 2019Refer to the most recent DOB Service Update for info on the Phase 2 safety training requirements. 

MAY 2019

  • As of May 30, 2019, any space that received a work without a permit violation on, or after, August 28, 2018 (the effective date of Local Law 158), will be subject to doubling of the civil penalties for a second work without a permit violation within one year of the most recent violation. Restriction on professionally certified filings applies to work without a permit violations that have not been paid and fully resolved/dismissed.

APRIL 2019

  • A Special Event Construction Embargo is in effect for the Mets Citifield Opening Day from 12:01 am Monday, April 1st through 11:59 pm Thursday, April 4th. During this time frame, only emergency work may be performed provided an emergency number is received from the DOT (See Mets Citifield Opening Day map).

  • Requirement: To comply with Local Law 78 of 2017, property owners, contractors, subcontractors, or persons otherwise in control of a construction site must use the Injury/Fatality Incident Information Form to report details of the incident within 3 business days to the DOB,

  • Reminder: Remove Cold Weather Temporary Vestibules by April 15th
  • Effective March 18, 2019, two local laws went into effect regarding providing lactation rooms for employees. Local Law 185 outlines the requirement for lactation rooms and Local Law 186 outlines how employers must implement the policy. The new law requires that employers with four or more employees, must provide the following:
    • A sanitary place, other than a restroom, shielded from view and free from intrusion.
    • Includes an electrical outlet, a chair, and a surface to place the pump and other personal items.
    • Has nearby access to running water (this is not defined in the law).

MARCH 2019

Effective March 18, 2019, two local laws went into effect regarding providing lactation rooms for employees. Local Law 185 outlines the requirement for lactation rooms and Local Law 186 outlines how employers must implement the policy. The new law requires that employers with four or more employees, must provide the following:
  • A sanitary place, other than a restroom, shielded from view and free from intrusion.
  • Includes an electrical outlet, a chair, and a surface to place the pump and other personal items.
  • Has nearby access to running water (this is not defined in the law).
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St. Patrick’s Day Parade Construction Embargo will start at 12:01 am Thursday, March 14 and run through 11:59 pm Saturday, March 16. During this time frame, only emergency work may be performed provided an emergency number is received from the NYC DOT. View the 2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade Construction Embargo Map. 

FEBRUARY 2019

  • Please note that effective immediately, Place of Assembly (PA) and Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) applications must be submitted within DOB NOW: Build.   We recommend TPA filings be submitted no later than 20 business days prior to the event date.  [Click here to request our TPA permit filing service]
  • All Registered Architects and Professional Engineers should begin the DOB NOW eFiling registration process as it is currently taking 2 weeks. If the DOB rejects the registration package only the applicant will receive a notice via email. The Building Owner registration process is fairly simple and accounts are activated on the same day. Please find registration instructions for each type of registration here. 

JANUARY 2019

  • The New York Fashion Week Construction Embargo will take place January 27th through February 23rd, 2019. During this time frame, only emergency work may be performed provided an emergency number is received from the DOT. View the New York Fashion Week Construction Embargo Map.

  • Effective January 1, 2019, only cranes having an age of less than 25 years from the manufacture date may be used in New York City, pursuant to Local Law 3 of 2018. Refer to the DOB Service Update for more information. 

  • Mayor de Blasio announced that New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler will be retiring at the end of January 2019. Starting February 1, 2019, Thomas Fariello, the DOB’s first deputy commissioner, will take over as acting commissioner until the Mayor Bill de Blasio appoints a permanent replacement. 

  • Based on Local Law 160 of 2017, the DOB is seeking to revoke active permits for buildings whose owners owe more than $25,000 in covered arrears (unpaid fines, civil penalties or judgments, and unpaid fees or other charges assessed by DOB) to the city. Refer to the December DOB Service Update for more information. 
  • Reminder: The DOB Office will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Milrose offices will be closed as well. 

DECEMBER 2018

NOVEMBER 2018

  • Updated Training Deadlines: In accordance with Local Law 196 of 2017, workers will need a minimum of 30 hours of training and supervisors will need 62 hours of training by June 1, 2019. In addition, workers will need an additional 10 hours of training by September 1, 2020. Refer to the DOB Service Update for more information on the updated safety training requirements. 

  • Elevator Compliance Filings - Deadline ExtensionThe deadline for resubmissions is extended to June 30, 2019 for ‘rejected’ Elevator Inspection/Test Reports (ELV3) and Affirmation of Correction (ELV29) filings for 2017 and prior year reporting cycles. View Service Update.
  • The DOB office will be closed on November 6th (Election Day), November 12th (Veterans Day), and November 22nd (Thanksgiving).
  • Milrose offices will close at 2:30 PM on November 21st and all of November 22nd and November 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Effective November 13, 2018, all new applications, renewals, and reissuances must be submitted in DOB NOW: Licensing for Journeyman Registrations, Gas Work Qualifications, and Welder Licenses. No paper applications, renewals, and reissuances for the above mentioned registration, qualification, and license type will be accepted after November 2, 2018.

OCTOBER 2018

  • On Monday, October 8, 2018 the DOB is closed for Columbus Day.
  • *Updated* Limited Alteration Application (LAA) Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build - Effective October 15, 2018, all new Limited Alteration Applications (LAA1) and Emergency Work Notifications (EWN) must be submitted in DOB NOW: Build. The August Service Notice has been updated to:
    • extend the submission of EWNs via email & fax through October 14;
    • clarify that EWNs submitted prior to October 15 will remain valid for 5 days;
    • clarify that while no paper submissions will be accepted from October 2 to October 14, paper LAA1 forms will still be accepted from October 15 onwards for Amendments, Renewals, Supersedes, Withdrawals, and resubmissions of disapprovals/rejections for LAAs that were submitted prior to October 15.

SEPTEMBER 2018

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  • Effective September 17, 2018, all new inspection/test reports and notifications for elevators and other related devices must be submitted online through DOB NOW: Safety. No paper filings will be accepted after August 31, 2018. No filings can be submitted between 9/1 and 9/16. If your filing is due in this period, you must submit the filing before August 31.

  • On Monday, September 17th at 12:01 a.m. a Special Event Construction Embargo will go into effect for the UN General Assembly 2018 and conclude on Friday, October 5th at 11:59 p.m. During this time frame, only emergency work may be performed provided an emergency number is received from the DOT. See a map of the embargoed locations on the right. For more information, refer to the DOT website.
  • Effective September 28, 2018, there is a new requirement as per Local Law 1 of 2018. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will develop a list of buildings identified as at risk for tenant harassment for a new pilot program. Owners of buildings on the HPD Pilot Program List will be required to submit a Certificate of No Harassment (CONH) or other HPD documentation to the DOB in order to obtain plan approval or a work permit for covered categories of work.

     

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AUGUST 2018

  • Effective August 1, 2018, Gas Test and Gas Finish self-certifications will no longer be allowed for work done in Brooklyn and Staten Island. A physical inspection witnessed by the DOB will be required. All inspections must be requested using DOB NOW: Inspections. Refer to this Service Update for more information.
  • The 2018 Summer Streets Construction Embargo will take place Monday, July 30th through Saturday, August 18th. For information on how the embargo will be enforced and the list of affected streets, read our article: 2018 Summer Streets Construction Embargo.
  • Effective September 17, 2018, all new inspection/test reports and notifications for elevators and other related devices must be submitted online through DOB NOW: Safety at www.nyc.gov/dobnow. No paper filings will be accepted after August 31, 2018.

JULY 2018

  • Effective July 8, 2018, in accordance with Local Law 34 of 2018, all public bathrooms (regardless of gender-designation) in new or heavily-renovated buildings associated with assembly group A occupancies and mercantile group M occupancies must have at least one diaper changing station.
  • The requirements to obtain a Concrete Safety Manager Registration have changed. The Concrete Safety Manager and Construction Superintendent applicants must both use the LIC2 form (License Application) for original and renewal submissions. Effective July 9, 2018, the LIC3 form (Registration Form) will no longer be accepted. The revised LIC2 form is available to download here: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/lic2.pdf.
  • Beginning on July 18, 2018, Local Law 154 of 2017 requires owners to post or distribute a notice form regarding the tenant protection plan (TPP) when the Department of Buildings issues the work permit. Refer to the DOB Service Notice for more information. 
  • DOB Office Closings: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

JUNE 2018

  • Beginning June 18, 2018, all applicants for work permits will be required to state new items on the PW2 form. Please refer to the DOB service notice for more information.
  • Effective June 18, 2018, the DOB will increase the civil penalties for a violation of a Stop Work Order per Local Law 157 of 2017.

MAY 2018

APRIL 2018

MARCH 2018

Effective March 15, 2018, Master or Special Electrician original and renewal applicants who owe penalties imposed by the OATH/ECB or other fines or penalties payable to the City, will not be issued a new license or have their current license renewed. Refer to the February 2018 Service Update for more information on how to achieve compliance. 
 
Reminder:  March 30, 2018 is the deadline for FDNY rule 3 RCNY §505-01 “Apartment and Guest Room Identification and Directional Markings and Signs” requiring apartment buildings have door numbers or letters marking all dwelling units for R-1 and R-2 buildings.
 
Effective March 5, 2018, new permit fees for new buildings & alteration filings (as specified in Local Law 56 of 2016) will be implemented in the DOB system. The three categories of new permit fees are as follows: 
  • Amendments and Corrections: Beginning March 5, 2018 all amendments and corrections affecting fees will require the entire job to be re-calculated under the new fee structure.
  • Filings (Old Filing Fee Structure): Any job pre filed in (status ‘A’) or uploaded through eFiling before June 9, 2016 will be calculated under the prior fee structure.
  • Filings (New Filing Fee Structure): Jobs created or up loaded on or after June 9, 2016 will incur the new fees. Subsequent filings made on or after June 9, 2016, regardless of when they were initially filed, will be calculated under the new fee structure.

FEBRUARY 2018

The DOB has created new fees for Construction Codes Determination (CCD1) and Zoning Resolution Determination (ZRD1) requests. Effective January 28, 2018 all new ZDR1 and CCD1 submissions will require a municipal filing fee:                                                  *Initial filing fee (includes 1st and 2nd review) of CCD1 or ZRD1: $1,000                                                                                                                               *Appeals filing fee (post 2nd review): $2,500 per submission                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Read our article for a refresher on NYC Determinations Requests

JANUARY 2018

  • Effective January 2, 2018, license and registration holders must submit their business insurance certificates electronically. Insurance updates for General Contractors, Safety Registrations, and Tracking number insurance updates will no longer be processed at the Licensing counter. Refer to the Service Update for more information.
  • Effective January 19, 2018, Property Owners and other responsible parties must report construction site incidents within 3 business days. Refer to the DOB Service Update for more details. 

If you have any questions or need clarifications on any of the above-referenced DOB updates/changes, please contact us at inquiry@milrose.com

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