Is Your Building Required to have a Backflow Prevention Device?

Backflow is when the water in a plumbing system flows in the incorrect direction. This is unsafe, due to water that has already been contaminated interacting with water that is meant to be clean. Prevention devices don’t allow the water that has already flowed through to go back the wrong Way. Where are backflow devices ...

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Litigation

The HPD's Housing Litigation Division (HLD) is in place to enforce housing codes. You are subject to them if there are to many violations, and/or tenants try to seek legal help against you. Try to ensure that problems are fixed as soon as they arise to avoid something like this. Litigation is in place to ...

ECB Hearing status

  If you must attend an ECB hearing, it is important to understand the terminology used. Here are some noteworthy terms that may be used: Appeal: If either you or the opposing agency does not agree with the outcome of the hearing, you may appeal via writing to keep the case open and argue your ...

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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 ...

Emergency Repair Program

If your property has housing-related orders or HPD emergency violations that have not been fixed, the The Emergency Repair Program (ERP) may take the matter into their own hands. They aim to fix pressing matters. To ensure that you are not included in this program, try to fix problems as soon as you are made ...

Vacate Orders

A Vacate Order can be put on a building if conditions within are unsafe. A building can be damaged, or have illegal conditions outside or nearby. Entry into the property will not be permitted while a Vacate Order is in effect. A report can be filed against you if a witness sees you doing so. ...

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 ...

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