As of September 14, 2021, the NYC Department of Buildings will not require fees for filing and permits for Hurricane Ida-related damage.
After the September 1, 2021 storm broke the record for most rainfall in an hour, inundating the sewer system and causing flood damage in places far from the coastline, a new mayoral executive order is helping those affected by waiving the usual fees to get the necessary emergency repair work done.
Permit restrictions under LL160/17, LL104/19, and LL114/19 may also be waived at this time for the purposes of protecting public health and safety.
As of this writing, no end date for the fee waivers has been announced.
In order to waive the fee, all DOB NOW: Build filings applications will have a new statement added to the Statements & Signatures section for applicants to certify if the work is related to the remnants of Hurricane Ida. If they indicate a “yes”, then all fees for that application will be waived.
Covered fees include:
For asbestos removal, the seven-day advance submittal requirement will also be waived.
Because this measure has been retroactively dated back to September 1, 2021, and many building owners had to take immediate action to fight the damage, any fees paid for hurricane-related work filed between September 1-13, 2021 are eligible for a refund by the DOB.
If you paid for hurricane-related filings prior to September 14, you can submit a RF1-Refund Request Application to the appropriate email address, as listed on the RF1 instruction form.
NYC DOB has also advised building owners and property managers looking at flood damage to:
In addition, they maintain that it is important to have a licensed professional for extensive repair work.
For concerns about structural damage or water contamination, contact the Department of Buildings at 311. In case of emergency, call 911.
For assistance with filing, or for any other project needs, please reach out to Outsource Consultants.
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