Category: Department of Buildings

How Will the Climate Mobilization Act Affect Building Owners?

On April 18, 2019, the City passed the Climate Mobilization Act, which comprises of a group of bills. Here are some major points of these legislations: Retrofits The minimum square footage for retro-commissioning once a decade would reduce to 25,000 sqf. for many properties. Efficiency Grades The scoring criteria for energy efficiency grades will be ...

Is a Certificate of Correction Necessary to Close out DOB Violations?

Also known as an AEU-2 Form, a Certificate of Correction must be filled out in order to put a cap on a DOB violation. You may declare a correction on all classes (1, 2, or 3) of DOB violations. It is not merely enough to have attended a hearing in order for to close the ...

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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 ...

Online Housing Portal

Local Law 64 of 2018 requires an online housing portal to be developed. You'll be required to provide details about your housing units. Information that will be requested from you includes: The building’s address Apartment number Floor area Number of bedrooms in the unit Your contact details Whether the unit is occupied or not Whether ...

How to Perform Work After Hours

You will need a specific permit in order to perform construction activity: Anytime from 6PM-7AM On weekends Filing After Hours Variance (AHV) permits must be filed online here. You must apply at least two business days before the work is due to start. Fees There are two kinds of fees that must be paid to obtain ...

Stop Work Orders

The DOB implements a Stop Work Order (SWO) for: Construction Code Violations Zoning Resolution Any enforced DOB law or rule Unsafe Work There are two different categories of SWOs: Full Stop Work Orders The only work allowed to be performed must be authorized and must be remedial in order to make the site safe. Partial ...

New Sustainability and Equality Laws

Fuel After October 1, 2025, boilers can’t burn fuel oil grade no. 4. As 49% of the city’s emissions come from buildings, it is important to focus on building emissions, especially for the largest ones.  Sustainability and where our energy consumption needs to be at the forefront of all decisions made in the 21st century, ...