Understanding NYC Building Permits
In order to obtain NYC building permits, you, as a PE (Professional Engineer) or an RA (Registered Architect), must put forward an application that includes your project’s construction plans. It is your responsibility to ensure that the plans follow all of the current NY building codes. Once these plans have been approved, you can file for a permit, which, once granted, allows you to finally start your project. If the city has any objections to the plan, the entire process must be repeated until all of the stipulations have been satisfied.
Although the process sounds quite straightforward, RA’s and PE’s can be forced to submit and resubmit their applications an interminable amount of times if they include any number of small mistakes. When you work with Burnham, we ensure that all the forms are filed correctly, all the codes are adhered to, and that the entire process is as expeditious as possible. In fact, as often as possible, we like to take advantage of the New York Buildings Department expedition program, called the Professional Certification Program. This program saves time because it allows professionally certified construction plans to bypass the plan review. Skipping this step means that your application will be approved much faster than it would have if it required a review.
The NY building codes are based on a set of 1968 codes and over forty years worth of municipal updates and additions. One of the most recent changes to the code that Mayor Bloomberg signed into law at the close of 2009 was the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. Currently, these laws are the most detailed and ambitious set of energy efficient codes in the nation. However, what is good for the planet is not always simple and clear for RA’s and PE’s.
RA’s and PE’s can avoid the onerous task of wading through the new complex codes and years worth of updates that address everything from climber cranes to the prohibition of smoking cigarettes at construction sites when they sign up for the ‘Burnham special experience’ for unparalleled help in filing for NYC building permits and understanding NY building codes.