DOB Announces Filing Requirements for Final Inspections by Registered Design Professionals

By Andrew Pisani The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) recently expanded upon the requirements of Buildings Bulletin 2018-008. That bulletin, effective August 9, 2018, transferred responsibility for certain final inspections to registered design professionals (RDPs). Under Directive 14 of 1975, projects that do not require a new or modified certificate of occupancy qualify… View more

‘I only want to know what I need for TCO’: Plumbing Division Signoffs

By Austin Regan, R.A.   In the opening article of this series, we mentioned the four Department of Building (DOB) divisions that must sign off on issuance of a Final Certificate of Occupancy (CO):     Construction Division Plumbing Division Elevator Division Electrical Division As previously discussed, Temporary Certificates of Occupancy (TCOs) require temporary signoffs… View more

Better Late than Never – Not True for Plan Reviews

By Austin Regan To better protect the public and ensure good construction practices, the NYC DOB plan review has been created with several specialized inspection units. Areas of specialty include foundation/excavation and concrete placement—critical structural elements. In the past, inspection units were staffed with former construction workers, who would review approved plans on site to… View more

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