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
For any non-cosmetic construction work, the Department of Buildings must grant the project governmental approval by issuing building permit. There are two different types of permits the DOB grants, new building and alteration permits, with three different levels of the latter. Which type of permit (Alteration Type 1, Type 2, or Type 3) depends on the level of work being done.
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:
Normally, the Department of Buildings requests that if you want to renew a permit, you submit a PW2 Work Permit Application (PW2) at least two weeks the expiration date. However, it’s still possible to renew expired permits under certain conditions. As long as you have there has been active work on your project in the past two years since the permit expired, you can receive a renewal. However, regardless of whether you’re renewing an active or expired permit, certain situations require more information in order to be granted a renewal.
Normally, construction can only take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays in New York City. That being said, sometimes it’s not practical or convenient to be limited to those hours. More Info
Although canopies and awnings look similar and serve the same basic function, they’re classed entirely differently according to the NYC Building Code and require different permits as a result. Failing to obtain the correct permits could result in hefty fines.
What’s the difference?
In an attempt to standardize the appearance of temporary protective structures and provide easily accessible information to the public about ongoing projects, the Department of Buildings (DOB) has updated its requirements for both signage and fencing requirements starting July 1, 2013. Although fencing standards (height, placement, material) are largely the same, there were nonetheless some minor changes worth noting. More Info
In an attempt to standardize the appearance of temporary protective structures and provide easily accessible information to the public about ongoing projects, the Department of Buildings (DOB) has updated its signage requirements for construction site fences and sidewalk fences. 1-, 2- and 3-family homes are exempt from these rules. More Info
Even the most set-in-stone construction plans may end up changing as the actual work commences—different contractors, unforeseen snags, what have you. In some instances, the changes you institute may require refiling what’s known as a “Post-Approval Amendment” with the DOB. More Info