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Applicant of record: Definition – Description – Clarification – Commentary – Explanation – Illustration

Applicant of record
Applicant of record

Published 4/17/2024

  • An applicant is a professional, registered with the state, who signs the application and ensures the work being done complies with applicable laws. An applicant is considered a Professional Engineer (PE), Registered Architect (RA), or Registered Landscape Architect (RLA). The FDNYDOT, and DEP also conform to this definition. The DOB also considers registered tradesmen with insurance as applicants for certain types of jobs and applications.
  • Responsibilities of the Applicant
  • Applicants are the single most important person of an application. They are responsible for the most tasks throughout the project and carry delegation duties surpassing the owner. By hiring an applicant of record, the application is certified under their name and delegated to their expediter. The expediter handles the paperwork. Working with an owner, contractor and applicant makes the job easier as information from the agency is moved to the applicant then to the owner when necessary. The owner, or client doesn’t need to be aware of all the minutia that’s involved with filing applications, objections, etc. A good applicant and expediter combination can save the owner a tremendous amount of time by providing oversight to how the project will be processed.
  • Assignment of Special Inspections
  • With DOB filings, the applicant of record is required to assign inspections to SIA approved inspectors. Inspectors are assigned inspections to which they’re accredited for, ie: chimneys, mechanical systems, fireproofing, etc. This ensures the work is done in accordance to the filing and conforms to NYC Building Code. Although the inspectors must do inspections in accordance with the applicants timeframe, they typically require additional paperwork. A well-versed applicant will provide inspectors that work in tandem with the client’s timeline.

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