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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 ...

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Work Without a Permit Violation

If work requires a permit, it is in your best interest to obtain one. You may be fined if you perform work without a permit (WWP). Civil Penalties One or two family dwellings get penalized at a lower rate than buildings with more units. However, the penalty is still much higher than it would have ...

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Limited Alterations

A Limited Alteration Application (LAA) can be utilized to perform the following work: Plumbing Fire Suppression piping replacement and repairs Oil burner installation These repairs shouldn’t need construction work, or a Professional Engineer (P.E.) or Registered Architect (R.A.). This category of work is meant to cover a more minor scope. There are also limits to ...

Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or (C of O) is a document that is used to prove the use of a building. A building can be, industrial, residential, or commercial, or have a combination of the three categories, and the C of O will clarify which of the three is allowed. The document also shows that ...

Letter of No Objection

(LNO) is a way of proving the current use of a building. These documents are frequently requested by banks and mortgage companies. These institutions would need to know if there are being alterations being made to a space. The LNO would let you know if a proposed job would alter the space in a way ...

How to File an Electrical Application

In order to commence electrical work, an application must be submitted to and approved by the DOB. Generally, applications are not submitted via paper. Information must be entered online on DOB Now: Build. In order to ensure good quality of work, the Electrical Division must perform an inspection once the job is completed. The electrician ...

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, ...

Keeping Tenants Informed

In order to give tenants more notice as to the goings-on in their building, Local Law 47 of 2015 makes it mandatory to post notices about repair work being done. This heads-up is is in the form of a physical notice placed in a public space in the building that will be easily seen by ...