OER Exemptions for Little E Projects

By Bruno Caligara

Sites designated as Little E have some sort of environmental issue, whether it pertains to potentially hazardous materials in the ground, noise or air quality restrictions.

Little E sites typically will require a filing with the Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) for an Environmental Quality Review.  OER approval is required prior to DOB approval and permit.

To help expedite OER approval, DOB  has issued a Buildings Bulletin 2014-026. The Bulletin outlines specific job types that are exempt from this review process. If exempt, the project may proceed directly with approval and permitting.

Work types that are exempt are:

  • Curb Cut
  • Sidewalk Shed/Fence
  • Scaffolding
  • Construction Equipment
  • Sprinkler/Standpipe
  • Fire Alarm System
  • Sign (SN)
  • Wall sign application (only)
  • Ground or Pylon supported sign (only) – no associated foundation/structural support work
  • Place of Assembly (PA) No work action

For more details, please review the Bulletin.