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A Faster Approach: DOB NOW No Longer Requires HPD Permit for Buildings Flagged Outside of MIH Zone

Learn about the new process for getting your MIH-flagged project approved.

The NYC Department of Buildings has recently stated that applicants for new and Alt-1 building permits whose buildings were incorrectly flagged in a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing zone are not required to submit a Permit Notice to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).

New Building and Alt-1 projects in MIH zones that contain more than 10 apartments are required to provide a certain percentage of affordable housing. Thus, they must submit a Permit Notice (when prior to permit) and Completion Notice (when prior to sign-off) to the HPD as part of their Required Documents in DOB: NOW.

However, BIS sometimes flags buildings outside these zones. This can cause applicants to file unnecessary paperwork or wait for a waiver request to go through.

Now, in place of a waiver request, the DOB instead asks that applicants upload a New York City Zoning and Land Use (ZoLa) map printout proving that the building lies outside an MIH zone to satisfy the requirement in DOB: NOW, simplifying the process.

In order to find your map, or to check if your building was incorrectly flagged:

  1. 1. Enter the building address in the ZoLa search box.
  2. 2. Under Supporting Zoning Layers, select “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Areas.” This will highlight MIH zones near your building address.

For assistance with all your permitting needs, feel free to reach out to Outsource Consultants where we help projects get from permit to sign-off.



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