Beginning July 1, 2019, the New York City Department of Buildings (NYCDOB) will mandate that all Mechanical, Sprinkler, Plumbing, Standpipe, and Structural applications be filed and processed through the Department’s online tool, DOB NOW: Build.

This is NYCDOB’s latest effort to modernize the Department. It originally launched DOB NOW in 2016 to bring the paper-only filing process online. Since then, the system has expanded eFiling to more applications to improve efficiency, increase transparency, and assign accountability for both public and private stakeholders on real estate development projects.

The impacts

Application fees, process, deliverables and schedule are all impacted by this change. With eFiling required for a wider range of permits, more industry players will need to register for an eFiling account. Stakeholders are also responsible for understanding the virtual review process, as there are shared responsibilities, entirely online, between all parties from pre-filing to closeout.

To access DOB NOW and avoid project delays, the following should consider registering as soon as possible:

  • Property Owners
  • Property Management Firms
  • Licensed Professionals
  • Filing Representatives
  • General Contractors
  • Special Inspection Agencies
Navigating the unknowns

While NYCDOB offers training resources here, Bohler is here to help move your project – and permits – forward.

Our New York City team has remained at the forefront of NYCDOB’s updates and advancements, since the early stages of DOB NOW’s origins. Our permitting professionals can explain the eFiling process and help you navigate registration complexities.

Contact our team today for more information.