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Last Updated 04.24.2020

 

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RECENT SHARE


COVID-19 Response: Certificate of Occupancy, Letter of Completion and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Folder Review Requests (PW7) Required to be submitted in eFiling. Hub Self Service reopened for submission of PW1 Plan/Work Applications

Beginning Monday, April 27, 2020, Certificate of Occupancy, Letter of Completion and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Folder Review Requests (PW7) cannot be submitted in-person to a borough office and are required to be submitted in eFiling. Hub Self-Service will now accept submissions of PW1 Plan/Work Applications. In addition, eFiling has been updated for Development Hub Jobs to categorize PW1 Plan/Work Application submissions as initial or subsequent filings.

 

PW7: Certificate of Occupancy/Letter of Completion Folder Review Request
As of April 27, 2020, paper PW7 forms can no longer be dropped off or sent to a DOB borough office. To submit a PW7 form, log into eFiling at www.nyc.gov/dobefiling, select the appropriate module and Electronically Submit Documents (eSubmit). From the Filing Documents section, select Form Name PW7 and indicate the Request Type of Letter of Completion (LOC), First Time Occupancy or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) Renewal and then upload and submit the file. If LOC is selected all missing Required Items must also be uploaded to proceed.

 

 

Hub Self-Service
Professionally certified BIS jobs that are submitted in Hub Self-Service can now proceed with using eFiling to eSubmit the PW1 Plan/Work Application. The PW1 cannot be dropped off or sent to a DOB borough office. The PW2 Work Application cannot be submitted in eFiling. If the project is not listed on the Essential Active Construction Sites map, then an Essential Construction request must be submitted at www.nyc.gov/dobnow. Once the project is approved as essential then the PW2 can be dropped off or sent to a DOB borough office.

 

Development Hub Updated eSubmit Filing Types
Selections have been added in eFiling for Development Hub jobs. When uploading PW1 Plan/Work Applications select the filing type as Initial, Subsequent, Correction or a New PAA.

 

 


NEW YORK STATE PAUSE extended to May 15th

Today, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the "New York State on PAUSE" Executive Order will be extended to May 15th. Click here to read the initial executive order and stay tuned for further updates.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced all NYS on Pause restrictions and closures will be extended until May 15th. This action is taken in consultation with other regional states. The states will re-evaluate after this additional closure period.

Governor Cuomo also directed all New Yorkers to wear masks or face coverings on public transportation systems and while taking private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles. Additionally, all operators of public systems, private carriers and for-hire vehicles must wear a mask or face covering at all times while working. These directives expand on the Executive Order announced by the Governor yesterday requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. The Executive Order will go into effect on Friday, April 17th, at 8 PM

 

AXP UPDATE

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty, but you’re not in this alone—we’re here to help. Our staff architects have put together some tips to guide you through the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®) and pinpoint ways you can still gain experience during the outbreak.

 

Your Experience Won’t Expire: All experience submitted to (and ultimately approved by) your AXP supervisor will not expire. Once you’ve submitted your experience, the reporting requirement is no longer a concern, even if your supervisor takes a bit longer to approve your report.

 

Only Submit Reports When There is Experience to Report: You are not required to continuously submit experience reports if you have no experience to report. However, you can always take advantage of our “Other Experience Opportunities” category under Setting O to continue making AXP progress while not employed.

 

Remote Work Qualifies for AXP: As long as your supervisor has control over and knowledge of your work, you can still submit experience gained while working remotely and have it approved. If you work remotely, we recommend having more frequent check-ins with your supervisor.

 

Report in Shorter Time Frames: When meeting with your supervisor, take some time to discuss how often you should be reporting your experience. We typically recommend submitting experience in shorter time frames, such as every two weeks.

 

Reporting Requirement Extensions: If you’re experiencing extenuating life circumstances, you may qualify for a reasonable extension to the two-month filing period. To request an extension, you’ll need to contact us and be able to provide us with the appropriate documentation to qualify.

 

Explore Our AXP Resources: There are many free resources and tools on our site for you to explore that will help you successfully complete the AXP, including the AXP Guidelines, our AXP Candidate and Supervisor Expectations guide, blog articles, and webinars.

 

  


DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS

SHARED ON 4/24/2020

COVID-19 Response: Certificate of Occupancy, Letter of Completion and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Folder Review Requests (PW7) Required to be submitted in eFiling. Hub Self Service reopened for submission of PW1 Plan/Work Applications

Beginning Monday, April 27, 2020, Certificate of Occupancy, Letter of Completion and Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Folder Review Requests (PW7) cannot be submitted in-person to a borough office and are required to be submitted in eFiling. Hub Self-Service will now accept submissions of PW1 Plan/Work Applications. In addition, eFiling has been updated for Development Hub Jobs to categorize PW1 Plan/Work Application submissions as initial or subsequent filings. DOWNLOAD NOTICE


SHARED ON 4/20/2020

2020 Energy Conservation Code

Please review the 2020 Energy Conservation Code posted on the DOB Website.

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/codes/energy-conservation-code.page

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/codes/2020-energy-conservation-code.page


SHARED ON 4/3/2020

COVID-19 Response: Post Approval Amendments and Immediately Hazardous Violation Civil Penalty Payments

DOB Releases Real-Time Map of Essential & Emergency Construction Sites. To help implement the ban on non-essential construction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DOB's new map tool identifies essential or emergency construction sites which are allowed to continue working. DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE

 click HERE to access MAP



As always, feel free to reach out to Bella or myself with any questions.
 
Be safe,
 
Patrick A. Wehle
Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Policy & Industry Relations
Department of Buildings
City of New York
(212) 393-2042 (p)
(646) 831-3910 (c)
pwehle@buildings.nyc.gov

Izabella Vais
Industry Engagement Advisor - Strategic Policy & Industry Relations
Department of Buildings
City of New York
(212) 393-2118 (p)
ivais@buildings.nyc.gov


Other Recent DOB Service Notices + Bulletins

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OTHER AGENCIES

DEP: Water and Sewer Applications and Permits

To ensure the safety of our customers and professionals during the COVID-19 public health emergency, all customer service and records offices will be closed until further notice. We are no longer accepting walk-ins. Please file all non-emergency permits online or via email (instructions below). More info provided in notice DOWNLOAD NOTICE

 

FDNY - Bureau Of Fire Prevention - Plans Intake Unit

Attached are the temporary instructions for plan submission. Effective 3/31/20

Note: Fire Alarm Submissions are not accepted by email but can be dropped off on Thursdays between 8AM - 12PM at Windows 18 – 20

Fire Alarm Resubmissions can be dropped off on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:30AM – 11:30AM at Windows 16

DOWNLOAD NOTICE

 

 


NEW YORK STATE PAUSE

UPDATE from New York State on PAUSE 4/16/2020:

NEW YORK STATE PAUSE extended to May 15th

Today, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the "New York State on PAUSE" Executive Order will be extended to May 15th. Click here to read the initial executive order and stay tuned for further updates.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced all NYS on Pause restrictions and closures will be extended until May 15th. This action is taken in consultation with other regional states. The states will re-evaluate after this additional closure period.

Governor Cuomo also directed all New Yorkers to wear masks or face coverings on public transportation systems and while taking private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles. Additionally, all operators of public systems, private carriers and for-hire vehicles must wear a mask or face covering at all times while working. These directives expand on the Executive Order announced by the Governor yesterday requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. The Executive Order will go into effect on Friday, April 17th, at 8 PM.

UPDATE from New York State on PAUSE Guidelines 4/9/2020: 

Empire State Development Corp.
has updated Section 9 - Construction,
of the ESDC interpretation of Essential Businesses
in accordance with
Governor's Order 202.6
.

Please see a copy of that update below along with a link
(
https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026 ) to the full document.

9. Construction
All non-essential construction must safely shut down, except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone, but only to the point that it is safe to suspend work).
Essential construction may proceed, to the extent that:

  • the construction is for, or your business supports, roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or healthcare facilities, homeless shelters, or public or private schools;
  • the construction is for affordable housing, as defined as construction work where either (i) a minimum of 20% of the residential units are or will be deemed affordable and are or will be subject to a regulatory agreement and/or a declaration from a local, state, or federal government agency or (ii) where the project is being undertaken by, or on behalf of, a public housing authority;
  • the construction is necessary to protect the health and safety of occupants of a structure;
  • the construction is necessary to continue a project if allowing the project to remain undone would be unsafe, provided that the construction must be shut down when it is safe to do so;
  • the construction is for projects in the energy industry in accordance with Question No. 14 in the FAQ at:  https://esd.ny.gov/sites/default/files/ESD_EssentialEmployerFAQ_033120.pdf;
  • the construction is for existing (i.e. currently underway) projects of an essential business; or
  • the construction work is being completed by a single worker who is the sole employee/worker on the job site.

At every site, it is required that the personnel working on the site maintain an appropriate social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exits.  Sites that cannot maintain appropriate social distancing, as well as cleaning/disinfecting protocols must close. Enforcement will be conducted by state and local governments, including fines up to $10,000 per violation.

Construction may continue solely with respect to those employees that must be present at the business location/construction site in support of essential business activities. No other employees/personnel shall be permitted to work in-person at the business location/construction site.  Any other business activities being completed that are not essential are still subject to the restrictions provided by Executive Order 202.

As noted above, local governments, including municipalities and school districts, are allowed to continue construction projects at this time as government entities are exempt from these essential business restrictions. However, to the greatest extent possible, local governments should postpone any non-essential projects and only proceed with essential projects when they can implement appropriate social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting protocols. Essential projects should be considered those that have a nexus to health and safety of the building occupants or to support the broader essential services that are required to fulfill the critical operations of government or the emergency response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

UPDATE from New York State on PAUSE Guidelines 3/27/2020: 

Gov. Cuomo Halts All Non-Essential Construction


PAUSE Updates  were announced earlier today by Governor Cuomo stating all non-essential construction sites must suspend all activitiesThis change in directive is being made to address the concern from construction workers dealing with health risks on job sites.

The revised Guidance on the Executive Order states:

9. Construction

  • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).
  • Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.  
  • For purposes of this section construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.


For more information about the Empire State Development Guidance on Executive Order 202.6, visit https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026

 

 


CARES ACT

SHARED ON 4/3/20

(PPP) Paycheck Protection Program - Application Period Opens April 3, 2020, and funding will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis

Please review this time-sensitive information on $350 billion of funding being made available by the federal Small Business Administration through its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  See below for further details.   

SMALL BUSINESS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

Fully Forgiven

Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

Must Keep Employees on the Payroll—or Rehire Quickly

Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.

All Small Businesses Eligible

Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees—including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors— are eligible. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries.

When to Apply

Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply. Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. We encourage you to apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap.

How to Apply

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating. All loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower. A list of participating lenders as well as additional information and full terms can be found at www.sba.gov.

The Paycheck Protection Program is implemented by the Small Business Administration with support from the Department of the Treasury. Lenders should also visit www.sba.gov or www.coronavirus.gov for more information.

SHARED ON 4/2/20

NYC Employee Retention Grant Program - will stop accepting new applications Friday, April 3, 2020 at 5 p.m.

DO NOT PANIC. The key features of this grant is being “replaced” by the SBA Payroll Protection Program (more information below). Interested businesses with fewer than 5 employees should apply ASAP as applications that are submitted will still be processed. Click here for more information.

SHARED ON 4/1/20

The CARES Act 

– The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act primarily provides financing assistance to small businesses and non-profits through SBA and other tax provisions. Regulations and procedures are still being developed, but the major programs and initiatives of the Act include:

  • Paycheck Protection Program – Provides traditional 7(a) Loans with payment forgiveness of up to 8 weeks of payroll based on employee retention and salary levels, no SBA fees, and at least six months of deferral with maximum deferrals of up to a year
  • Emergency Economic Injury Grants – Provides up to $10,000 of advance that does not need to be repaid to applicants of the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
  • Employee Retention Tax Credit for Employers Subject to Closure or Experiencing Economic Hardship – Provides a refundable payroll tax credit for 50% of wages paid by employers whose operations have been fully or partially suspended as a result of government order.
  • Delay of Payment of Employer Payroll Taxes – Provides deferment to allow taxpayers to delay paying the employer portion of certain payroll taxes through the end of 2020.

 
NYC Business Continuity Loan – The application of the Loan program is officially opened for the public and can be accessed here. The zero-interest program loan provides up to $75,000 to businesses and non-profits with fewer than 100 employees that have experienced a greater than 25% decrease in revenue.
 
NYS Unemployment Filing – NYS’s Department of Labor is working tirelessly to handle incoming claims. If you have been unable to get through the phone and/or online system this week, please keep trying. Once filed, all benefits will be retroactive to the day you were out of work. For more information, please contact 1-888-4-NYSDOL (888-469-7365). Or visit http://labor.ny.gov.

 

 

 


NCARB

Prometric UPDATE from 4/24/20 

Due to ongoing concerns over safe delivery of examinations, Prometric has decided to keep all its test centers in North America closed until at least May 31, 2020. NCARB is aware you may have already received this information from Prometric, and we apologize for any confusion that may have added to your stress during this already difficult time. We know delaying your testing progress is discouraging, and we are looking into options to allow more flexibility.

Prometric Closure and Reopening

Prometric is continuing to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak to determine when they will reopen test centers across the globe. When Prometric reopens a center, it will operate at 50 percent capacity to maintain social distancing for those who are testing. Prometric will give exam seat priority to essential exams, as identified by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)—this may shift Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) appointments to a lower priority.

If a reopened test center is booked beyond the 50 percent capacity limit, Prometric will randomly select candidates to reschedule in order to ensure a safe testing environment.

Webinar

We know you have questions, and we’re here to help. Next Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, we’ll be hosting a live webinar with our examination experts, where you can learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the ARE. Be on the lookout for a link to the webinar, coming soon!

Rescheduling

Candidates who had exams scheduled during the closure will receive a separate email providing next steps. All rescheduling fees have been waived until further notice. If you don’t want to test in the current environment, please be proactive in rescheduling upcoming exam appointments. Rescheduling proactively will help ensure you encounter fewer delays, as appointments will be limited.

Rescheduling

Candidates who had exams scheduled during the closure will receive a separate email providing next steps. All rescheduling fees have been waived until further notice. If you don’t want to test in the current environment, please be proactive in rescheduling upcoming exam appointments. Rescheduling proactively will help ensure you encounter fewer delays, as appointments will be limited.

Rolling Clock Adjustment

NCARB is actively working to apply a total of a nine-month rolling clock extension to all passing ARE scores that were valid as of March 1, 2020.

All extensions should be applied by the end of April. You do not need to take any additional action to receive this extension.

Moving Forward

You can check the Prometric test center closures website to learn more about the continued closure of your local test center. Updates regarding Prometric’s COVID-19 response can be found here.

 

AXP UPDATE from 4/16/20

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty, but you’re not in this alone—we’re here to help. Our staff architects have put together some tips to guide you through the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®) and pinpoint ways you can still gain experience during the outbreak.

 

Your Experience Won’t Expire: All experience submitted to (and ultimately approved by) your AXP supervisor will not expire. Once you’ve submitted your experience, the reporting requirement is no longer a concern, even if your supervisor takes a bit longer to approve your report.

 

Only Submit Reports When There is Experience to Report: You are not required to continuously submit experience reports if you have no experience to report. However, you can always take advantage of our “Other Experience Opportunities” category under Setting O to continue making AXP progress while not employed.

 

Remote Work Qualifies for AXP: As long as your supervisor has control over and knowledge of your work, you can still submit experience gained while working remotely and have it approved. If you work remotely, we recommend having more frequent check-ins with your supervisor.

 

Report in Shorter Time Frames: When meeting with your supervisor, take some time to discuss how often you should be reporting your experience. We typically recommend submitting experience in shorter time frames, such as every two weeks.

 

Reporting Requirement Extensions: If you’re experiencing extenuating life circumstances, you may qualify for a reasonable extension to the two-month filing period. To request an extension, you’ll need to contact us and be able to provide us with the appropriate documentation to qualify.

 

Explore Our AXP Resources: There are many free resources and tools on our site for you to explore that will help you successfully complete the AXP, including the AXP Guidelines, our AXP Candidate and Supervisor Expectations guide, blog articles, and webinars.

 


FOR ALL COVID-19 - RELATED NCARB UPDATES, PLEASE VISIT HERE

 

 


FROM AIA NATIONAL

AIA MEMBER RESOURCES

AIA National website COVID-19 Resources page has been completely reformatted to include a repository of resources for members, including free webinars, Architect's Guide to Business Continuity, a Disaster Assistance Handbook, a compendium on Good Samaritan laws around the country, small business guidance and loan resources, and a list of best practices and templates for communications and temporary policies in responce to the COVID-19. For their COVID-19 resources page, CLICK HERE

COVID-19 ARCHMAP 

The COVID-19 ArchMap provides information on health care facilities including alternative care facilities around the globe responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. AIA's task force developed the map in partnership with the Kansas University Institute of Health + Wellness Design, to help identify solutions to growing bed surge needs and to support the development of design best practices for alternative care sites that support pandemic response. Architects, designers, engineers and facility owners are asked to contribute current, in-progress or completed COVID-19 projects as well as collaborative initiatives addressing the pandemic to AIA's repository. Project information will appear on the COVID-19 ArchMap.

COVID-19 TASKFORCES

Over the past few weeks, three task forces have been organized. Two aim to connect architects to community needs and equip our members with the proper tools to provide expert assistance in this time of great need.  Another creates a forum to support business continuity as the crisis unfolds.

  • Task Force 1: charged to compile best practices related to how architects can help communities across America. A database of information, accessible through (ArchMap) is being created to feature success stories from each state. To include helpful examples of how architects can help in the following areas:
    • Creating additional bed capacity in existing facilities
    • Retrofitting buildings or other facilities identified to fulfill demand.
    • Designing for doctor and patient protocols, including separating providers from patients within deployable tents.
    • Designing queuing systems
    • Designing testing stations for walk-up/drive-up, hospital and retail locations in urban, suburban, and ex-urban areas.
    • Creating spaces that can help mitigate the spread of disease.
  • Task Force 2: charged to mobilize components to connect architects with community leaders for disaster preparedness and assistance. The following activities have been or are in the process of being completed:
    • An eight step document “COVID-19 Guidelines for Engagement” has been created and shared with all representatives from CACE, the Disaster Assistance Network, the State and Local Government Network, and component presidents.
    • A letter to leading government officials (the governor’s office, mayors, public health officials) has been crafted and shared within all networks.
    • A special COVID-19 Advisory has gone out to the AIA’s Disaster Assistance Network.
    • Knowledge Community leaders are being contacted. Each KC is being asked to prepare a list of potential action items within their area of expertise (an example…how do schools implement short term safety measures). This information will diversify the ArchMap tool being compiled by Task Force 1 and should help with the longer term reaction to the pandemic.
  • Task Force 3 is looking at short term and long term implications to practice and business continuity as a result of the pandemic.
    • An AIAU webinar offered on April 2, 2020 at 3pm provided valuable insight into what architects need to know surrounding the CARES Act which was signed into law and provides immediate economic tools to small business owners and individuals (Paycheck Protection Plan and other initiatives).
    • A webinar is offered on April 2, 2020 at 2pm and hosted by chief economist Kermit Baker. This seminar focused on the potential economic impact of this pandemic on the construction industry with more to come.
    • Members of the task force are looking long term at how the profession may be permanently changed and how practices may have to adapt to a new practice dynamic.

ADVOCACY UPDATE

On the advocacy front, the AIA has been very busy.

  • The AIA issued memos which influenced the first two federal bills in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Coronavirus Preparedness Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
  • A second memo and letter from Robert Ivy and President Frederick went to capital hill as we signed on to the CARES Act. The CARES Act provides a broad range of assistance to small businesses, including very favorable terms for SBA loans, deferred payroll tax opportunities, modifications to policies related to business losses, a qualified improvement property (QIP) cost write off, and temporary relief from troubled debt restructuring. The bill also allows employers to provide a student loan repayment benefit to employees on a tax-free basis (can contribute up to $5,250 annually to an employee and this would be excluded from their income).
  • A bi-partisan House companion bill to the Retirement Parity for Student Loans Act has been released and we are monitoring it closely. This bill would permit treatment of student loan payments as elective deferrals for purposes of employer matching contributions.
  • A clearinghouse of information to assist with the design of safer schools has been activated and the AIA submissions are under review for inclusion.
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