COVID-19 DOB ESDC Classification UPDATE

COVID-19 DOB ESDC Classification UPDATE

The Department of Buildings has updated and clarified the process for the Essential Construction Waivers. Attached to this email you will find:

  • Updated Service Notice
  • Updated Guidance Document on Enforcement of Essential and Nonessential Construction
  • Updated FAQ

Please note the following:

  • Approvals for emergency and essential work will now include a Certificate of Authorization. To limit the possibility of disruption of this work, we ask that you post your Certificate at your job site.
  • Essential Construction Requests for the following scopes of work will now be subject to professional-certification and Department audit:
    • Work necessary to protect the safety of occupants
    • Work in support of an Essential Business
    • Work limited to a single worker
  • A maximum of two appeals can be requested on a disapproved Essential Construction Request.
  • Projects can request a new determination if previously denied under the new guidelines.
  • We will be establishing a process to notify the Department electronically when work to make a site safe has concluded. More to come.

Please know that we will keep the updates sent out as this situation develops, and as we gain more clarity on the situation. Call us at 212- 825-1205 or email us at with any questions or concerns.


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