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The DOB announced its plan to improve construction safety in New York. The plan includes a major increase in construction related safety penalties, a 90-day construction sweep through ongoing construction sites and the requirement of a new onsite construction superintendent.

The construction safety plan comes on the heels of several construction accidents including a crane collapse in February. The DOB cites a precipitous increase in construction volume. (more...)

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The DOB made it a little easier for homeowners wanting to install rooftop solar panels. Now professional certification is allowed on projects participating in the Solar Panel Tax Abatement program. Visits with plan examiners are no longer required.

The Department has always extended professional certification to projects that do not participate in tax abatement. These projects can also have plan examination with self-certification of objections through the HUB. (more...)

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The Department of Buildings revised and clarified 1 RCNY 3601-01, a rule that addresses application requirements for buildings located in flood zones. The intent of 1 RCNY 3601-01 is to determine whether the work performed in flood zones constitutes a substantial improvement, which is defined as job applications whose total equals 50% or more of a building’s market value. It also sets parameters for when a job application for a properties in a flood zone is required to submit market value calculations. (more...)

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The DOB is preparing for its Inspection Ready launch by inviting licensees and building owners to register onto the the portal. The launch of Inspection Ready coheres with the technological overhaul the DOB seeks to undergo as part of its Building One City program.

Licensed professionals, registered architects and professional engineers were sent an invitation email to Inspection Ready. Setting up an account on the portal is as easy as following through the instructions on the email. (more...)

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The Department of Buildings launched the first phase of its After Hours Inspection Program on June 1, 2015, continuing its efforts to accelerate job approvals. The program offers after hours and weekend inspections for a fee. In addition to Inspection Ready, which equips inspectors with handheld tablets, the DOB is aiming to reduce wait times for inspections to five days by 2016. In order to meet these goals the DOB plans to hire 34 additional development inspectors. (more...)

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Integrity is a pillar of DOB Commissioner Rick Chandler’s Building One City blueprint. DOB employees have been subject to a Code of Conduct since 2009. The Code of Conduct establishes ethical codes and standards of conduct for DOB employees. In the summer of 2015 the DOB will release an industrywide Code of Conduct that will extend to developers, professionals and other project stakeholders.

Administrative Code Section 28-401.19 includes a section granting the commissioner the power to punish design professionals. (more...)

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The Department of Buildings will soon enforce Section 403.5.2 of the Building Code requiring buildings to have a third egress stair. Applications filed on or after July 1, 2015 will be subject to the code. The enforcement date of Section 403.5.2 was postponed to give City Council time to pass a zoning text amendment discounting the floor area from the additional stairway.

Section 403.5.2 requires a third egress stair for buildings 420’ or more in height (except R-2 residential buildings). (more...)

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