Wind Turbines

Wind turbines convert the power of the wind into electricity. They are a sustainable source of energy that doesn’t utilize greenhouse gases. If you have a small wind turbine located at the top of your building, there are regulations you must follow to ensure that you can keep the device in commission. Installing small wind ...

How to Obtain a Certificate of Fitness

Jobs that are unsafe to do without proper knowledge and experience require a Certificate of Fitness (COF) to perform. There are dozens of kinds of certificates, ranging from sprinkler systems to places of assembly. The full list of all available exams can be found here.  It is important to check the requirements online to make sure ...

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How to Cure a Violation

If you have received a DOB Class 2 or 3 violation for the first time, you may be able to put things right without paying a penalty. Violations are rated by how pressing the matter is, with a Class 1 being the most dangerous. A list of violations and what class they fall under can ...

Flow Tests

Standpipes are installed in multi-story buildings and are available for fire hoses to connect to. Sprinkler systems are also in place in large buildings. Flow tests on these devices must be performed by a licensed fire suppression plumber. Sprinklers and standpipes need to be tested every three to five years. Your contractor will ask the ...

The HPD’s Alternate Enforcement Program

The HPD’s Alternate Enforcement Program (AEP) helps take care of buildings that are in great need of servicing. Keeping your tenants in bad conditions and doing nothing to fix it will get your building on this list. Each year, 250 properties across the city are deemed the most in need of immediate repair, due to ...

Violation Reissuance

Violation reissuance is a free certification program, that treats HPD violations like they are new. This way, you'll be able to submit a Certificate of Correction in order to clear the violation. Upon your time of reissuance request, your building CAN'T: Have open violations that have been issued in the past 12 months Have certified ...

Complaints and Violations: What’s the Difference?

Complaints Any member of the public can call in or submit online a complaint to 311. Complaints that apply to the whole building remain anonymous, but residents will have to provide their apartment number for a more specific problem. 311 will then alert the HPD about the issue. If the issue isn't fixed, an inspector ...

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