New Trends for the New Year

See the latest NYC building trends with the new DOB Construction Dashboard Read More >

Get Your Project into Shape for Summer

Did you know that a Special Permit from the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) is required to locate and operate a "Physical Culture" establishment in New York City? Read More >

The 2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code To Take Effect October 3, 2016

The 2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) will go into effect on October 3, 2016. Adopted as Local Law 91 of 2016, the NYCECC is based on, and a modification of, the 2016 New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (NYSECCC), which will also be implemented on October 3. Legislation is currently pending with New York City Council to amend the 2016 NYCECC based on recent changes made by the state supplement. Read More >

Important Filing Notice about Facade Compliance

On Monday, September 12, 2016, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) will be launching a new online portal for registered DOB NOW users to submit Facade Compliance filings called DOB NOW: Safety. Information sessions about this new Safety portal are taking place this month, August 2016.   What does this mean for you? Read More >

DOB Launches New eFiling Initiative “DOB NOW”

On Monday, July 25th, 2016, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) will be launching a new eFiling portal called DOB NOW. Read More >

Tenant Protection Plan Requirements

Please be advised that the Department of Buildings has now made it mandatory to file a stand-alone Tenant Protection Plan when filing for a building to be altered or demolished, and containing one or more dwelling units that will remain occupied during construction. Read More >

Inspection Ready

KM Associates of New York is sending this advisory notice to inform you of the new online inspection scheduling system, Inspection Ready, launching Monday, December 7, 2015 by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). Read More >

KM Associates Welcomes Manher Shah as Senior Building Code & Zoning Specialist

KM Associates of New York, Inc. is pleased to announce that Manher Shah has joined the company as a Senior Building Code & Zoning Specialist. Mr. Shah was formerly the Executive Engineer of the Technical Affairs Department for the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). Read More >

Lower Manhattan Construction and Truck Embargo

In preparation for this year’s U.S.A Women’s Soccer Ticker Tape Parade, a Department of Buildings and Department of Transportation Special Event Construction Embargo will be in effect in areas throughout Lower Manhattan. Restrictions begin at 10pm on Thursday, July 9th and remain in effect through 5pm on Friday, July 10th. Read More >

Tent Structures

Planning on putting up a tent as part of a special outdoor event this summer? If a tent has a smaller area than 400 gross square feet and will be erect for less than 30 days, a permit is not required. All other tent structures require a permit. The permit process includes the lodging of Read More >

Demolition Notification

Notification requirements for demolition work have changed with the implementation of the 2014 Construction codes. Read More >

DOB Fee Exemption Clarification

NYC Department of Buildings Bulletin #2014-027 clarifies the acceptable documentation for claiming fee exemption on appropriate properties. Read More >

Deadline Extended for 2014 DOB Codes

The New York City Council has passed legislation that postpones the effective date of the 2014 DOB Construction Codes from October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Read More >

Department of Buildings Same Day Review

The Department of Buildings offers a service that allows registered architects and engineers to file and have their drawings reviewed by a plan examiner on the same day. Read More >

2014 Construction Codes

Starting October 1, 2014, revised New York City construction codes will go into effect. In addition to changes from the established NYC Department of Buildings Code Revisions process, the 2014 Construction Codes will reflect local laws passed as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Read More >


All Department of Buildings submissions require asbestos documentation for approval and almost all scopes of work require testing to be performed by a certified asbestos investigator. Read More >

Fire Protection Plan

Did you know that your property may require a fire protection plan? According to the NYC Building Code, new buildings and alteration applications for existing buildings that meet specific stipulations need a fire protection plan. Read More >

Emergency Work Permits

Due to the recent inclement weather plaguing the New York City area, your property may have suffered damage that is considered an emergency condition. Read More >

Construction Fence Signage

On July 1, 2013, the Department of Buildings implemented new regulations and guidelines regarding signage for construction fences and sheds under Local Law 47 of 2013. Read More >

2014 NFL Super Bowl XLVIII Construction Embargo

With New York set to host the Super Bowl next year, the NYC DOT has issued a construction embargo covering nearly the entire area of Manhattan from Central Park to 23rd Street, you may view the map here. Read More >

The NYC Development HUB Has Expanded

The NYC Development HUB has now expanded its services to accept Alteration Type 2 and 3 applications for full review. Initiated in October 2011, the HUB began as a means of digitally filing major alterations and it continues to grow. While most of its procedures are similar to those used by the Department of Buildings, the HUB has its own additional requirements and standards that must be met. Read More >

Does Your Work Require DOB Permits?

Whether you're replacing windows, repairing a facade or installing a construction fence, it's important to know if your proposed work requires a permit. Read More >

Local Law 31 Extension

To assist with repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the city issued Local Law 31. The local law, which allows the waiver of fees required by city agencies such as the Department of Buildings, was intended to be in effect until April 30, 2013. Read More >

Temporary Place of Assembly Permit

Warm Weather. Parties. Permits. Now that spring is here, events tend to pop up all over the city. In order to hold a short-term indoor or outdoor event, the Department of Buildings requires that you obtain a Temporary Place of Assembly Permit (TPA). Read More >

Special Inspector Deadline

Is Your Inspector Prepared? Beginning May 13th, 2013, agencies performing special inspections must register and obtain a new Special Inspector Agency number with the Department of Buildings. Read More >

Improved DOB Plan Process

What Does the Department of Buildings Look For When Reviewing Plans? Recently the DOB has improved their plan exam process and issued guidelines to help avoid common issues. Read More >

Going Online Instead Of Waiting In Line

Did you know…? The NYC Development Hub has gained a lot of traction in the last year. It’s the online plan review center that the NYC Department of Buildings (DoB) initiated in October 2011. Read More >

Disaster Preparedness

On behalf of KM associates, we hope that you and your families have made it through Hurricane Sandy safely. The storm has caused widespread damage. If you were affected by the hurricane, you may need to repair your building immediately. Read More >