Category: Department of Buildings

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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 ...

Is a Certificate of Correction Necessary to Close out 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 ...

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, ...

Inspections Required for Elevators and Escalators

There are approximately 71,000 vertical transport devices throughout the five boroughs. This can include elevators, freight elevators, escalators, wheelchair lifts, and dumbwaiters. These devices must be inspected in order to ensure they are safe enough for use. Contracted inspection agencies perform annual inspections, on behalf of the Department of Buildings (DOB). There are three different ...