If your Bond is not updated, DOT permits cannot be secured, renewed or extended. Contractors must update their Street Obstruction Bonds prior to December 31, 2023.

Stay ahead of the expiration and request your Bond early!


Each year, the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) enforces a winter holiday embargo from mid-November through New Year’s. On effected streets, no work that requires a DOT construction permit may take place unless prior approval is granted by DOT or the construction has an emergency work number.

DOT typically releases the details for the winter holiday construction embargo in October. We will release more information as it becomes available via our newsletter. Please contact us for any concerns regarding your project.

New York City Council recently passed five bills regarding lead paint exposure which expand on current lead-based hazard remediation requirements.

Specifically, any dwelling where a child under six years old lives must complete lead remediation work by July 1, 2027 and/or prior to the unit having new tenants. The City’s lead-based paint hazard inspections will be proactive instead of being based on complaints issued by the public. The legislation’s goal is to protect current and future residents.

To read more see the City Council’s press release.

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Design 2147, Ltd. has recently expanded its range of consulting services across New York State, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Our proficient team of Code Consultants remains committed to delivering top-tier assessments and recommendations pertaining to the International Building Code (IBC) within this geographical area.

By addressing concerns related to code compliance prior to the submission of permit applications, we consistently facilitate swifter approval processes. With a remarkable track record of offering code consulting services to architects, engineers, and builders in New York City for over 37 years, we have honed our expertise in navigating intricate code intricacies. We are equally adept at assisting both commercial and residential clients in comprehending code enforcement terminology and regulations.

To delve deeper into the details of our comprehensive code consulting services, please feel free to reach out to us at info@design2147.com.

The New York City Council voted to approve new regulations for permanent outdoor dining. This includes revisions to the pre-pandemic sidewalk dining, known as sidewalk cafes, for 12 months a year in all boroughs. Roadway dining is now allowable from April through November, expanding on the emergency pandemic outdoor restaurants program. Roadway dining structures must be removed during the winter months.

The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) will continue to be responsible for administering the licensing and revocable consents for sidewalk cafes and roadway cafes. The implementation details of the program have not yet been released by DOT. Restaurants with existing outdoor dining will need to apply under the new program.

Read more at the DOB’s website.

Local Law 97 of 2019, known as the Climate Mobilization Act or NYC Green New Deal, was introduced to address environmental concerns. From the year 2024 onwards this law imposes penalties on buildings that surpass specific emission limits. To avoid these penalties, it is essential to lower building emissions below the designated threshold, which can be achieved through reduced energy consumption.

LL97 penalties depend on the type of building and its current emissions, however, a penalty of $268 is charged for every metric ton of CO2 equivalent above the limit.

The first limits will come into effect in 2024 and extend through 2029: more stringent limits will start in 2030.

As a result of Local Law 77 of 2013, the deadline for submitting applications for adjustments to Local Law 97 of 2019 annual building emissions limits has been extended.

Not-for-profit healthcare facilities and buildings with excessive emissions due to a special circumstance have until January 1, 2025 to submit adjustment applications for the 2024-2029 calendar years. Buildings with emissions of 40% or more than the building’s 2024 limit due to a special circumstance qualify to submit an adjustment application via DOB NOW.

For more information see the DOB’s recent Service Notice and Sustainable Buildings Adjustments page.

Periodic Inspection of Parking Structure (PIPS) Compliance Reports are due to the Department of Buildings by December 31st, 2023, for property owners in Manhattan Community Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

At least once every six years property owners are legally required to hire a licensed Professional Engineer and file a condition report with the DOB, with deadlines for the first inspection reports varying depending on where the parking structure is located.

The DOB’s new PIPS Map shows deadlines for submitting parking structure inspection reports in an effort to keep buildings safe.

Find out more on individual deadlines here and refer to our recent May newsletter for additional information.

The first DOB Site Safety Training (SST) cards were issued in 2018 and will begin expiring this year. In order to renew SST cards, refresher courses are required, specifically, eight hours for workers and sixteen hours for supervisors.

More information about the required courses can be found via the DOB’s Service Notice and also on the SST page.

Additionally, see the July 2022 newsletter for more about required Site Safety Training.