Do You Need A Permit When Renovating Your NYC Apartment?
- NB or New Building
- Alt-1 Or Alteration Type 1
- Alt-2 Or Alteration Type 2
- Alt-3 Or Alteration Type 3
What Type Of Renovation Jobs Require A DOB Permit In NYC?
- Changing the use of the apartment (from residential to commercial)
- Changing occupancy of the apartment (like merging two bedrooms to one or dividing one bedroom into two)
- Changing the egress (Entry and exit) to and from the apartment. However, this kind of alteration isn’t often seen in individual apartments, but rather apartment buildings as a whole.
- Adding a new bathroom to your apartment
- Moving a load-bearing wall from one place to another
- Changing the position of gas pipes, plumbing, or relocating electric outlets
What Renovations Don’t Require A Permit In NYC?
- Painting, updating wallpapers or resurfacing a floor.
- Air conditioning unit installation (less than five tons)
- Sealing, caulking, and regrouting
- Installing new appliances (Without rewiring)
- Replacing bathroom fixtures (without the need to change the plumbing)
How To Get A Permit In NYC?
- Need to hire an NYS licensed Registered Architect (RA) or Professional Engineer (PE).
- The RA and PE will create renovation/construction plans that will have to be submitted to the DOB for review.
- If there are any objections, they have to be satisfied for approval.
- When approved, hire a contractor that will then apply for a work permit.
- Once the job is completed, it either has to be inspected by DOB representatives or in some cases, the licensed professionals can certify the work.
- Secure a new/amended certificate of occupancy in case of an Alt-1 permit.One way to make the process of obtaining permits from DOB is to hire an expediter (also called a filing representative). These individuals are intimately familiar with the DOB procedures and can navigate them more easily than a typical homeowner like yourself might be able to. They save time and the cost associated with delays in permits.