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How to File Requests for Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) Certificates of Operation

How to File Requests for Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) Certificates of Operation

It will soon be summer in the city, which means more outdoor gatherings. While Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) certificates of operation (TPACO) are used year-round, the demand for them usually spikes for summer events. Here’s what you need to know about filing TPACO requests.

Who needs a TPACO?

TPACOs are usually obtained for a specific event in a space that is not otherwise a Public Assembly (PA) with a Certificate of Operation. TPACOs may also be issued for temporary configurations in existing permanent PA spaces.

TPACOs are required for gatherings of 75 people or more in an indoor space or roof terrace and also for gatherings of 200 people or more in a confined outdoor space (excluding terraces).

How long does a TPACO last?

The duration of a permit can range from one day (for a specific event) to thirty days, and any physical work which may be required must be filed as a separate permit application.

What is needed to file the application?

The following items are needed to file a TPACO application:

  • Plans, including furniture layout (signed and sealed by a licensed professional)
  • Information about the event sponsor
  • Architect’s request letter describing the event, including specific dates and time of event (signed and sealed by a licensed professional)
  • One certified fire guard per 100 people (certificate may be required prior to approval)
  • DOB filing fee

How is the application submitted?

TPACO applications are submitted through the DOB NOW system. In order to submit the filing, the design applicant and owner must have DOB NOW registered email addresses.

Are there inspection requirements?

Before the TPA event, typically DOB will require the space be inspected prior to the Certificate of Operations being issued. If the space passes inspection, the design applicant can request the Certificate of Operations through the DOB NOW system. (In the rare case an initial DOB inspection isn’t required, the design applicant can proceed to request the Certificate of Operations from DOB NOW).

Once the Certificate of Operations has been issued, the FDNY inspection can be requested. There will be a separate fee for the FDNY inspection and the amount will depend on the type of event and the number of people attending).

During the TPA event, approved plans must be readily available on-site and the DOB acceptance letter must be available. Presentation of the fire guard certificate may also be required.

Event space.