NYC Developing Updates

Tom Walsh

Posted by Tom Walsh

We recognize the trust you place in Burnham Nationwide for help navigating through complex municipal processes. Our goal, as always, is to continue communicating with city officials online, via email and by phone and provide you with updates on any city implementation that may take place in the coming weeks. 

New York City Updates March 30

  • As of Tuesday, March 31, 2020, all work on non-essential construction and demolition sites is suspended for the duration of this state of emergency.
  • Guidance Document: Essential vs. Nonessential Construction
  • The Department of Buildings will continue to regularly inspect all construction sites to ensure compliance with emergency orders.
  • Essential Construction Requests: to perform emergency or solitary work at sites, go to  the NYC DOB website and submit an Essential Construction request. 
  • For jobs in approved status, an Essential Construction request must be submitted to proceed with an initial work permit application (PW2). Hub Self-Service will not accept or process applications.
  • Antenna, Construction Fence, Curb Cut and Sidewalk Shed work types are exempt and can proceed without submission of an Essential Construction request.
  • Permits already in effect, are required to remain active until the end of the term for which they were issued and must be renewed for as long as work remains suspended. There are no changes to the permit renewal process and all applicable fees apply.
  • The Department of Planning and Development staff will continue to work remotely.  

New York City Updates March 20

Per the Governor's recent executive order, construction is listed as an essential service and will be exempt from the restrictions of 75% labor reduction. 

Burnham will be monitoring NYC DOB updates daily and will send out new processing times as they’re announced.

New York City Updates March 18

  • Beginning Wednesday, March 18, the Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are being encouraged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices.
    • Continue to use eFiling for Hub Development, Full, Self-Service jobs and AHV permits
    • Continue to use DOB NOW: Build for all applicable work types.
    • The Administrative Enforcement Unit, Licensing and Enforcement units are currently maintaining their normal functionality. Additional Service Notices will be posted this week with updates on these transactions.
    • Customer Service Night is cancelled on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and until further notice.

  • Transactions conducted at a DOB borough office that are not listed, will continue to take place in-person, including Records Room requests and other functions that require a service ticket. 

The following changes are mandatory:

  • New Job Filings                                      
  • Subsequent Job Filings
  • Temporary Certificates of Occupancy  
  • Letters of No Objection
  • Permits                             
  • Permit Renewals
  • Temporary Use Permits                      
  • After Hours Variances

The transactions above cannot be processed in eFiling or DOB NOW. mail the application to the appropriate borough office and include on the envelope Attn: Application Processing. The application can also be hand-delivered to the borough office and put in the designated drop-off box. Attach to the application a check or money order for the amount owed payable to the NYC Department of Buildings.

Transactions conducted at a DOB borough office that are not listed, will continue to take place in-person, including Records Room requests and other functions that require a service ticket.

PW1 approvals or objections will be sent to applicants by email. Plan sets will not be returned by email and will need to be picked up from the borough office by pulling a service ticket.

L2: Requests for Overrides, Reductions or Waivers of Civil Penalties for civil penalty paid (CPP) or no relationship to the violation (NRV) can be included with the permit application. L2s for other reasons will continue to require an in-person visit to a borough office.

Transactions without Payments

  • Certificates of Occupancy
  • Letters of Completion
  • Data Entry Corrections (DEAR)
  • Withdrawal Request

The transactions above cannot be processed in eFiling or DOB NOW, mail the application to the appropriate borough office and include on the envelope Attn: Application Processing. The application can also be hand-delivered to the borough office and put in the designated drop-off box.

Post Approval Amendments and Supersede Requests

PAA applications and supersede requests that are filed in-person can be dropped off at the borough in the designated drop-off box. There will be no in-person processing. When the PAA status in the Building Information System (BIS) is PAA Fee due, return to the borough office to make the payment.

Locations for Mail and Drop-off Transactions

Bronx Borough Office                                        
1932 Arthur Avenue, 5th Floor                                  
Bronx, NY 10457
                    
Brooklyn Borough Office
210 Joralemon Street, 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Manhattan Borough Office                                     
280 Broadway, 3rd Floor                                        
New York, NY 10007
                                        
Queens Borough Office
120-55 Queens Boulevard, 1st Floor
Kew Gardens, NY 11424

Staten Island Borough Office
10 Richmond Terrace
Borough Hall, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301

You can access this information and more through this link. Please contact Burnham with any questions. We will be here throughout these unprecedented times to answer any questions you may have.

We will come out of this stronger than ever, together.

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