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Limited Application Alteration

Why do I need a Limited Application Alteration for permit expediting?

A Limited Application Alteration (LAA) is an application submitted by a plumber to do minor plumbing or gas line work, like adding a gas meter or replacing a boiler.  LAAs are not the same as construction permits; unlike permits, LAAs don’t involve construction, so they can be signed off by a plumber.  Permits, meanwhile, must be drafted by an architect and allow construction work.  As a result, filing a LAA is much faster and easier. To qualify for an LAA, the project must meet the following guidelines.

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Converting Basements Legally in New York City

In a city where space goes for a premium, people are willing to live just about anywhere—even underground. According to the New York Times, as of 2002, there were about 45,000 basement units housing 110,000 people—an estimate the Times admitted was probably conservative.  More Info

Almost 1/3 of Manhattan is Landmarked

There’s no denying the fact that the face of Manhattan has drastically changed over the past few decades.  Indeed, the grungy, grimy, and seedy Columbus Circle in Martin Scorcese’s classic Taxi Driver is almost unrecognizable compared to the clean, bright and touristy Columbus Circle of today.  Manhattan is undoubtedly a much nicer place to live now than then–but hardly anyone can afford to in what’s now one of the most expensive real estate markets in the country. It’s next to impossible to find cheap housing.
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Do Air Conditioners Require Equipment Use Permits (EUPs)?

To put it nicely, New York City can get pretty disgusting in the summer—hot, humid, and muggy.  Air conditioning is practically a must, and woe on the tenant without it.  If you’re unfortunate not enough to have air conditioning—or are thinking of replacing yours—be aware that some air conditioners will require a permit known as the “Equipment Use Permit” (EUP).

What is an Equipment Use Permit, anyway?

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I’m building a deck. What do I need to know?

As far as construction projects go, decks don’t seem to be all that complicated.  If there’s no plumbing, electricity, or painting to contend with, they can be built in just a few days.  As a result, many people end up simply getting the work done by a local contractor or even doing it themselves, never once involving the government.  It’s just a simple project—why would they bother?

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Brooklyn’s the Place to Be

For years, if you were anybody in New York, the place to be was Manhattan.  The outer boroughs—they didn’t matter, and no one talked about them.  However, in recent years, Brooklyn has stepped out from the shadow of its western counterpart and become more famous in its own right.  Needless to say, the time has never been better to develop in New York City’s largest borough.

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Special Inspections

What are They?

The DOB requires what’s known as “Special Inspections” during the construction process of certain projects to ensure that the work is being done according to approved plans.

Many people confuse Special Inspections with Progress Inspections, which are also performed during the construction process.  Progress Inspections verify that the work complies with the code and the submitted construction plans.  Special Inspections, meanwhile, verify that materials, equipment, installation, fabrication or placement of components and connections all comply with the Code.

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