On September 12th, 2016 the Department of Finance launched its 90-day amnesty program allowing subjects with unpaid ECB violations an opportunity to pay their fines at a reduced rate. Those that have lingering violations are encouraged to participate before the Department of Finance imposes strict collection measures that may include wage garnishment and even sale of property.
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...)
The Department of Buildings and Housing Preservation and Development have expanded the requirement for Certificates of No Harassment to include multiple dwellings in several special districts. Previously the certificate was only required for SRO’s undergoing renovation.
A Certificate of No Harassment is a document whereupon the HPD confirms a landlord has not harassed prior residents preceding a construction project that aims to alter, demolish or change the shape of layout of any room or apartment. (more...)
NYC’s street tree planting requirement may leave some developers out on a limb. Since the Street Tree Amendment of 2007 all new buildings, major enlargements and certain conversions are required to plant street trees. If a building owner fails to plant street trees, the DOB will not issue a TCO.
New York City requires street trees for the following 3 categories
- All New Building job types.
Rooftop solar installations are becoming increasingly popular in New York City. Recently the DOB released Buildings Bulletin 2015-024 to address the acceptable panels, their respective installation requirements and the required testing methods.
The following types of solar installations are permissible in New York City:
- Flat-plate collectors–The most common type of collectors. Consists of a dark flat-plate absorber, a transparent cover, heat transport fluid and a heat insulating backing.
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...)
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...)