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

DOB Clarifies Testing Requirements for Gas Piping Alterations

By Frank Fortino On January 18, 2017, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) issued Buildings Bulletin 2017-001 to clarify testing requirements when altering fuel gas piping systems. While the New York City Fuel Gas Code (FGC) addresses required inspections and testing, the new bulletin provides a detailed explanation of DOB requirements. NYC Fuel… View more

UPK Projects: Construction, Plumbing, Electrical, Elevator and Boiler Inspections

By Mario Aurioso The Department of Buildings has created a dedicated Inspection Request process for property owners and contractors participating in the City’s Universal Pre-K program. Contractors need to register for the new DOB NOW: Inspections system. (This was previously Inspection Ready, and registrations will carry over.) Contractors can sign on to the system, and… View more

Inspection Ready Almost Ready

By Penny Laughlin The DOB is close to launching Inspection Ready, their new online inspection request and routing system. The system will allow building owners and licensed professionals to request inspections for Electrical, Fire Suppression, Construction, Elevators, Oil Burning Equipment, Plumbing, Signs, Boilers, Cranes & Derricks, BPP, Sustainability and High Rise Initiative projects. The next… View more

After Hour Inspections – Phase 1

By Johan Soltani DOB Commissioner Chandler is fulfilling his promise of streamlining the DOB permits and inspection process under his initiative Building One City. The DOB launched the first phase of its after-hours inspection program for High Rise Buildings on June 1, 2015.  Appointments can be requested for after-hours inspections of construction, plumbing, and electrical system,… View more

High Rise Program Gets After Hours Inspections

By Brian Lafferty The DOB is launching an after hour’s inspection pilot for development projects enrolled in the High Rise Program. Pilot participants can request after hours Construction, Plumbing and Electrical inspections. Inspections will be held after hours in the evening, and in some cases on weekends. Requests for these inspections must be received during… View more

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