Our team of expeditors work non stop to handle the monotony of filing for a permit with the DOB, so you don't have to. If you're still curious as to exactly what the permit application process consists of here is a step by step guide.
Steps to Obtaining a Permit
Because of the complexity of performing demolition in a place as dense as New York City, there are specific steps that have to be followed when obtaining a permit. Anyone is capable of doing the demolition work so long as they are licensed demolition contractor in the State of New York. For those using a contractor, these permits will be taken care of by the contractor that they hire to do the work. For those planning to do it themselves, below are the steps one needs to take to obtain demolition permits.
It’s New York City law that those who are planning to perform demolition inform their neighbors in writing five days before submitting their application for a permit to the DOB.
Apply for Permit
The next step is to file the necessary paperwork with the DOB to apply for a permit. The form required is called the Work Approval Application for, or PW1, and it can be submitted in the correct borough office or online.
Speak with the Department of Buildings
For the next step, an asbestos-certified contractor needs to let the DOB know if there is any asbestos present. If there is asbestos, then the contractor must fill out a form called the ACP 7 form, documenting the material that contains asbestos and the plans for abatement. This must be done before demolition starts. If there is no asbestos, then the contractor must submit the ACB 5 form or ASB 4 form, also called the DOB-issues Asbestos Exemption Certification Letter.
The contractor will be issued a job number once the PW1 form is submitted. That job number is then logged into the Department of Building’s building information system. This allows the DOB to keep records of the work done on buildings throughout the city, among other things.
Building Enforcement Safety Team (BEST) Pre-Demo Requirements
Once the above steps are complete, a contractor needs to submit a pre-demo application form and pay the accompanying application filing fee. A member of BEST will perform a review of the application and enter the information into a demo spreadsheet. After, they decide if a contractor needs to submit the Application for BEST Recommendation for Mechanical Means Demolition. This application is necessary when a demolition project requires the use of large-scale machinery.
Once the appropriate paperwork has been filed, a pre-demo inspection BEST must be scheduled. This inspection serves to verify the building’s specifications, confirm the information on the application matches the site, and that the site is empty.
Work Permit Application
The last step before work can begin is the filing of a PW2, also known as a Work Permit Application. This form needs to be submitted to the correct borough’s Department of Building office. If all of the information is correct and everything is in order, the DOB issues a demolition permit, and the work can begin.