How can I obtain the original building
plans for my property? If your plans are in the Departmentís
inventory, you can obtain copies of the plans from the Records Room in
the borough office where the property is located.
I provide the Records Room Clerk to obtain copies of records? You
will need a photo I.D. and either the property block/lot number or
application number for a specific project. Block/lot and application
numbers are available from DOBís property database, known as BIS
(Building Information System). BIS information can be accessed from
DOBís Public Access Terminals located in each borough office, or by
logging on to DOBís website, NYC.gov/buildings.
How do I
find information on the owner of a property? Contact the Citizen
Service Center at 311.
How do I
obtain a copy of a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) for a particular
property? You can obtain a copy of the document at the borough
office in which the property is located (a fee is charged for each
copy). Before proceeding to the C of O Unit, you must obtain the C of O
number for the particular property from a Public Access Terminal.
constructed prior to 1938 were not required to have C of O's. My building
does not have one. How do I show the legal use of the property?
provide you with a Letter of No Certificate of Occupancy or a Letter of
No Objection, which confirm that a C of O does not exist for your
building. To obtain a copy, you must go to the borough office where the
property is located. See the Borough Manager or Customer Service
Representative who will direct you to the appropriate unit. Be sure to
bring any materials you have (old property surveys, deeds, water bills,
tax assessments, etc.) to demonstrate the longstanding use of the
liability/responsibility do I have if I buy a property that has a
Temporary C of O (TCO)?
transfer of deed, a homeowner assumes all liability that exists on the
property. We suggest you consult with the Borough Manager or Borough
Commissioner where the property is located and/or consult an attorney
prior to the purchase of the property.
How do I
obtain a permit? The law requires that you hire a registered
architect or licensed engineer to prepare a construction application and
associated plans for submission to DOB. Upon the acceptance/approval of
the application and plans, your contractor may obtain a
permit and begin construction.
property has an open violation against it. How can I clear this up?
Call 311. A representative will advise you of the nature of the
violation and the DOB location that you must contact. For violations
that were heard (or will be heard) before the Environmental Control
Board (ECB), you may also wish to contact ECB directly.
How do I
make an appointment for an inspection?
construction and plumbing, contact the borough office where the property
is located. For elevators, boilers and electrical work, contact those
recommend an architect or engineer to consult and/or draw up plans?
DOB employees are not permitted to make recommendations. You may obtain
assistance by calling one of the professional associations such as your
local chapter of the American Institute of Architects or the NY State
Society of Professional Engineers.
Who can I
call concerning unprofessional conduct from an architect or engineer?
Contact the New York State Education Department, Office of the
Professionals at 518-474-3817 or DOBís Investigation and Discipline Unit
provides general guidelines. If you have specific questions, call the
DOB office in your borough. For comprehensive information about DOB, to
check the status of a filing on the Building Information System (BIS),
and to download plan/work approval forms and the Building Code, visit