In an attempt to standardize the appearance of temporary protective structures and provide easily accessible information to the public about ongoing projects, the Department of Buildings (DOB) has updated its signage requirements for construction site fences and sidewalk fences. 1-, 2- and 3-family homes are exempt from these rules. More Info
Every zoning district has a unique floor area ratio (FAR), which is the ratio of total building area to the total zoning lot area. More Info
The devastating terrorist attacks of 2001 left an indelible mark on the construction code in New York City. Fatalities would have been smaller, critics argued after the attacks, wouldn’t have died had the Twin Towers been built differently. In response to this criticism, then-Mayor Bloomberg signed Local Law 26 of 2004, which instituted more than fifteen major changes to both the Building Code and the Fire Prevention Code. More Info
Even the most set-in-stone construction plans may end up changing as the actual work commences—different contractors, unforeseen snags, what have you. In some instances, the changes you institute may require refiling what’s known as a “Post-Approval Amendment” with the DOB. More Info
Vacate Orders are what they sound like–buildings they’re issued to must be completely vacated in the interest of public safety. More Info
As part of the Department of Building’s recent efforts to streamline and expedite the building permit process, it made some important changes to the Post-Approval Amendments (PAA) process in 2006. Previously, all amendments to Schedule B needed a PAA to be filed, but now “minor variations” to fixture counts don’t need anything filed.
According to the DOB, a minor variation falls under the following categories:
Curious about a project you’ve spotted in development? No need to look the details of the permit up on the computer to find out more about the current project. Following a law passed by former Mayor Bloomberg’s administration in 2013, every permit posting has a scannable QR code on the upper right. Simply scan the QR code with your phone, and you can instantly learn details such as type of work being done, the job applicant’s name and phone number, complaints, and violations. You can even easily make a complaint of your own through the accompanying app, should you so choose. In addition to general work permits, QR codes will also be posted on After Hours Variances and Place of Assembly certificates of operations.
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Following the 2008 revision of the building code, the Department of Buildings created a building class known as a “major building.” A major building is a structure that meets any of the following criteria: More Info
Renting out a basement can be an excellent way to collect a little extra income from what might have otherwise been unused space. However, not all basements can be rented out legally because of restrictions set by the Department of Buildings and Housing Preservation and Development. This post assumes that your basement meets basic requirements for habitation (click here to learn what those requirements are). More Info