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Most Common Problems with Places of Assembly

Emergencies requiring quick exit from a building can quickly turn catastrophic when there are many people on the premises.  As a result, the Department of Buildings holds buildings with a Place of Assembly permit to a high standard, and it’s easy to get written up.  Here are the most common problems throughout the PACO permit application process, as identified by the DOB:

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What is the Environmental Control Board (ECB)?

The Environmental Control Board is a judicial court that hears violations issued by other city agencies and issues verdicts and, if appropriate, penalties.  For instance, if the DOB issues a building a violation for an illegal basement, a judge at the ECB—not the DOB—will hear the case and determine, much like a criminal court, whether the charge is valid.  Depending on the information presented, the ECB judge will either dismiss the violation, issue fines, or mandate corrective action be taken to address the issue at hand.

Although the “ECB Notice of Violation” sounds like the ECB is the one issuing the violation, it is not.  It merely hears the case.  The ECB does not issue violations or notices; other agencies do.

The History of Local Law 11/98

May 16, 1979.  At just 17-years-old and already a rising sophomore at prestigious Barnard College, Grace Gold had a promising future ahead of her.  Popular and pretty, it was only natural that she would attend neighboring Columbia University’s graduation ceremony to celebrate her friends’ successes.  After a happy day of celebrations, she headed home to her apartment at 116th and Broadway.  Just a block away on 115th Street, however, a crumbling exterior building façade loosened just as she happened to walk by.  A chunk of the masonry finally gave in and fell, directly onto Grace.  She was crushed to death. More Info