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Dealing with NYC building codes

The NYC Building Codes are really complicated. If you can not believe it, go… and check it yourself.

But if you’re not used to all the legal talk, check out our New York City Building Code Dictionary. It’s made just for you. We explain the tricky words in simple language. And hey, we’re always listening to your ideas to make it better. This dictionary, created by Iqarius Creation Group, is especially helpful if you’re dealing with the NYC Department of Buildings or if you got a violation notice and don’t know what to do.

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STOP WORK ORDER Definition: The Department issues a Stop Work Order (SWO) when inspectors determine a site has unsafe work or conditions. SWOs are issued to protect workers, residents, the public, and buildings and properties. When DOB halts work, the SWO Coordinator contacts the project executive or construction manager to outline the necessary steps to correct the safety hazard INSTAGRAM HASHTAGS: #diy #handyman #fixerupper #failuretocomply #nov #noticeofviolation #violation #certificateofcorrections There are two types of Stop Work Orders: Full – all work is prohibited, excluding remedial work required to make the site safe. Partial – a partial SWO does not stop all work on a site: certain work or work in a particular area is prohibited. apla Unravel Codes – Understanding Codes in Layman’s terms. Call us at: (777) 333 4444. Look for us on social media: Instagram · Facebook · LinkedIn. Email us: © 2024 Unravel Codes.


What is a Violation?

• From official point of view the word „violation” it usually means that someone did not comply with a law, rule or agreement.

• When common folk use the word „violation” they usually mean that they received a „notice of violation” from NYC DOB.

Who is responsible for fixing the violation?

Life is not fair. Ultimately the owner is responsible for all building violations. No matter who created the deficiency:  

•Previous owner (good luck finding them)

•Contractor (the company just resolved)

•Neighbor (go ahead and sew me)

•It fell apart (it will not put itself back together)

•It was always like that (Codes change)

If you can not fix it – a „Professional”.

How do I get rid of the violation?

•The proces to remove violation varies but the steps are usually very simillar:

•Hire a professional and figgure out the remedy that suits you and will satisfy the violation issuer

•Attend a Hearing to try and close out violation without work/minimise penalties

•File an application to do the work and wait for approval (if you start too early you may end up having more violatons)

•Get a permit (just because your application is filed does not mean you can work)

•Lift any Stop work orders (Just because you got a permit does not mean you can work)

•Do the work and any interim/special/progress inspections

•Close out the Permit and do the final inspections.

•Close out applicaton by filing inspection certifications.

•Pay Penalties.

•Close out Violation by having another inspection

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