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:
Curious about a project you’ve spotted in development? No need to look the details of the permit up on the computer to find out more about the current project. Following a law passed by former Mayor Bloomberg’s administration in 2013, every permit posting has a scannable QR code on the upper right. Simply scan the QR code with your phone, and you can instantly learn details such as type of work being done, the job applicant’s name and phone number, complaints, and violations. You can even easily make a complaint of your own through the accompanying app, should you so choose. In addition to general work permits, QR codes will also be posted on After Hours Variances and Place of Assembly certificates of operations.
After May 7, 2013, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) ceased issuing what was known as the “Place of Assembly” (PA) permit. In its place, it began issuing “Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation” (PACO) permits. What’s the difference? More Info