Properly Preparing for your OATH Hearing

The Hearing If you've received a summons from a city agency, you are able to plead your case at an with OATH (the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings). OATH functions as New York City's central independent administrative law court, and is not affiliated with the state court. Summons are filed with OATH for many ...

Do You Know How to Use DOB Now’s Upcoming Features?

DOB Now DOB Now allows users to perform a multitude of tasks online, including submit applications, check an application's status, make payments, schedule appointments, and pull permits. Its features are being rolled out over time, with more to come in the future. It makes eFiling easier, quicker, and paper-free. Here are when new features are ...

Illegal Conversions

Zoning Every building in New York City is located within a designated zone, due to the 1961 Zoning Resolution. Primarily, buildings can have residential, commercial, or manufacturing purposes. Zoning can protect a neighborhood’s unique character, or prevent clashing developments from emerging. They also are in place to prevent an oversaturation of people in an area ...

Get More Square Footage by Giving Space to the Public

Commonly referred to as “POPS,” Privately Owned Public Spaces exist in high-density areas where there is limited access to public parks. Plazas can be used as a pathway to pass through quickly, a place to gather with friends, or somewhere to rest for a passerby. Combined together, all of the New York City’s POPS take ...

Are You Keeping Track of Your Façade Filing Period?

Façade Inspections Building exteriors deteriorate over time, due to factors such as weather conditions and pollution. When there are unsafe conditions on the outside, sidewalk pedestrians and occupants who utilize balconies and roof space are at risk. The Façade Inspection & Safety Program (FISP) ensures that these exteriors are regularly inspected for safety. Is your ...

Audits and Retrocommissioning

LL87 Local Law 87 was implemented in 2009, as part of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. Large buildings must go through an audit and retro-commissioning, in order to have an understanding of the full scope of the building’s performance. This is an important step towards increasing the overall sustainability of New York City, as large ...

NYC Benchmarking Requirements in 2018

Benchmarking (Local Law 84) Owners of large buildings must measure and report on consumption of energy and water every year. This is a proven way for buildings to decrease emissions and energy use. Having your own data available to be compared with others incites positive changes in behavior. Before: It used to be that buildings ...

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