NYSSPE Co-signs Letter to The Department of Buildings (DOB) with Respect to Proposed Fee Increases

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) is proposing to add fees for variation of the Construction Codes, the 1968 or prior Building Code, or section 277.16 of the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL) for Article 7B buildings; predetermination requests with respect to the Zoning Resolution, Construction Codes or 1968 or prior Building Code; and appeals of objections that were affirmed (click here for information).

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) is in opposition of the proposed fee increases and recently co-signed a letter with several other organizations in an effort to meet and discuss our view with the DOB.  These other organizations include: The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Society of American Registered Architects NY (SARA), Architects Council of New York City, Inc., and the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC).

Click here to read the letter.

We feel that this is a critical issue and will work with these other organizations to explain our stance to the DOB and work with them to try to find a better solution for all parties involved.  Please fee free to leave comments or questions below this post.

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  1. Ronald Ogur says

    The NYC DOB has adopted the fee schedule effective January 28, 2018. Everyone in the industry knows that the DOB plan examiners raise unnecessary objections so that their supervisors will have to see the plans and applications. The theory is that if they missed something, either the supervisor will pick it up and/or be a partner to the errors. I have been dealing with the NYC DFOB for more than 60 years and have watched the decline. If the NYSSPE wishes to file an action against the City, I will be happy to volunteer my services.

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