The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) is the department of the New York City government that enforces the city's building codes and zoning regulations, issues building permits, licenses, registers and disciplines certain construction trades, responds to structural emergencies and inspects existing building.


The Department of Buildings (DOB) issues violations to building owners and contractors if inspectors find conditions that do not comply with New York City’s Construction Codes or Zoning Resolutions. All violations we issue are public information and can be viewed online on Buildings Information System (BIS). These violations also appear in property title searches and prevents property owners from selling or financing.



The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is responsible for protecting New York City's architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites by granting them landmark or historic district status, and regulating them once they're designated. It is the largest municipal preservation agency in the nation.



Most alterations to designated properties without an LPC permit or work done in noncompliance with an LPC permit are violations of the Landmarks Law. The Landmarks Law requires that permits are obtained before making most types of exterior changes and interior work that requires a Department of Buildings permit. An uncorrected violation can be an obstacle to an owner in refinancing or selling his or her property.



How can we help?

To address these kinds of violations, you need to hire a Licensed Professional Engineer or a Registered Architected to prepare construction plans to get DOB or LPC approvals. Upon approval, necessary permits can be pulled out by a licensed contractor and corrective actions can be taken.  


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