ALTERATIONS OVERVIEW & TERMS
3C CODES CONNECT EGUIDE GLOSSARY
***The terms used throughout this eGuide are NOT legal terms and shall be referenced solely for purpose of this eGuide. Refer to the appropriate resource for terms defined in the applicable NYC Zoning and Building Codes.
Final/Directive 14: When referring to an alteration application as “Directive 14”, this means the final inspection will be conducted by either the Applicant of Record (RA, PE) or a 3rd Party Special Inspection Agency (SIA).
Final/Directive 2: When referring to alteration application as “Directive 2”, this means the final inspection required to sign-off the application will be conducted by an inspector from Department of Buildings (DOB). Typically recommended when there is a change to existing means of egress that does not involve a Change to Use or Occupancy.
Applicant of Record: Refers to a licensed NYS Architect and/or Engineer (individual) assuming responsibility for the application filed and associated drawings/documents.
Special Inspection Agency (SIA): Qualified and DOB-registered inspection agency performing required special and/or progress inspections identified on the TR1-Form.
Special Enforcement Program (SEP): Special audit division within the DOB who inspect, and audit select Directive 14 alteration applications upon completion and submission of DOB sign-off documents.
Professional Certification (Pro-cert/self-cert): All applicants part of the application, together with the owner, agree to waive a review by DOB technical staff and certify that the application, drawings and supporting documents comply with applicable Codes & Regulations of NYC.
Standard review: Applicants file an application requesting a review by DOB technical staff for Code Compliance.
DOB- Work Types: Referred to as the scope of the project as indicated on the PW1 – Form. For the purpose of this eGuide, I will reference:
- OT-General Construction: Refers to “Other” work type associated with Architectural or general construction (Also referred to as OT-Arch).
- OT-Structural: Refers to “Other” work type associated with new or modifications to a buildings structural system
- MH-Mechanical: Refers to Mechanical work and ventilation by mechanical means (not natural) including any demolition of existing equipment and/or ductwork
- PL-Plumbing: Refers to Plumbing work including demolition and/or installation of fixtures and associated water, storm, sanitary or gas piping.
- FP- Fire Suppression: Refers to Ansul systems or fire-extinguishing systems associated with kitchen exhausts used in commercial/manufacturing spaces (SBS Review Process).
- FA- Fire Alarm: Refers to alterations or installation of fire alarm systems including installation and/or relocation of strobe, pull station, smoke/heat detection devices (FDNY Review Process).
- SP – Sprinkler: Refers to alterations, removal, or installation of sprinkler systems including sprinkler heads but excluding sprinklers off the domestic (plumbing) line of less than 20 heads.
- SD – Standpipe: Refers to alterations, removal, or installations of standpipe Systems including hose racks and Siamese connects (FDNY Review Process).
- Predesign Strategy: Alterations to Existing Buildings (no change to use or occupancy)
- Preparing an Alteration Type-2 DOB application
- 10 Steps Overview: Alteration Type 2: Professional Certification – Directive 14
- Prepare/Design a very schematic (simple sketch) drawing.
- Consult with a licensed Architect to establish a project scope and preliminary construction cost estimate.
- Prepare a brief due-diligence set based on preliminary schematic designs identifying building information.
- Prepare preliminary design floor plans with information needed to engage MEP & other consultants.
- Based on the design floor plans available, general a project description based on the type of application filed.
- If applicable to the building, engage an Asbestos Investigator to conduct an inspection.
- Identify a preliminary list of applicable special/progress inspections based on the scope of work.
- Identify all required DOB-work types per and engage a DOB filing representative(s) to expedite approvals.
- Prepare timeline and filing schedule outlining the overall review process.
- Including contingencies as part of the filing process. Certain alteration applications may get audited.
Available NYC Public Resources
NYC DOB Code Notes:
Directive 14 of 1975 Alteration (No Change to Use, Egress or Occupancy)
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