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June 11th, 2009, 05:06 PM
i was looking to purchase a house in queens and wanted to do the following work. all of it is aesthetic. do i need a permit to do the work?

- demo and rubbish removal to accept new finishes (new base and crown molding)
- replace electrical outlets to Decora style
- prep and paint walls and ceilings
- paint all doors, frames, moldings
- furnish and install new closet interiors
- furnish and install new window frames and sills throughout
- install hardwood floors (over existing)
- remodel bathroom (tiles and fixtures)
- restore power, gas, water services to house (house was winterized due to foreclosure)
- install new backyard fence

does the queens dob issue letters saying that no permits are required for certain work?

June 12th, 2009, 08:55 AM
restore power, gas, water services to house ...
It wouldn't seem that anything you described requires DOB permits (except perhaps the backyard fence which at the very least probably has code requirements / limitations regarding height -- call your DOB office and inquire). However ...

The gas service restoration, if properly shut down to the entire premises under the situation you describe, would seemingly then require the involvement of Con Ed.

In our building when gas service was shut off Con Ed required a licensed plumber to come to premises and check all gas lines / outlets before Con Ed would restore service. Air was pumped through the lines and the system was checked for leaks. Then a reprot was submitted to Con Ed and an OK for restoration was issued. Upon restoration the plumber re-checked the system to make certain that all was A-OK. Given that the house in question has been unoccupied for a number of months (or at least assumed to be, but the possibility of unknown "visitors" remains) it would be wise to have a professional check out the gas lines to make sure all are in good working order prior to service being restored.

Having a professional electrician check the electrics upon restoration would, under these circumstances, also seem the prudent choice.

June 5th, 2011, 09:17 PM
If I go to the NYC DOB website, & enter a permit# in box 10, why does it only give the small details like scaffolding & work sheds, & not what the constrctn co. is atually there for?

June 6th, 2011, 10:03 AM
Depending on the type of permit / application, you can find more details if you click "Virtual Job Folder" near the top of the Application page.

See HERE (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?requestid=10&passjobnumber=120170322&passdocnumber=07) for example. Clicking "Virtual Job Folder (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/BScanVirtualJobFolderServlet?requestid=11&allisn=0001592041&passjobnumber=120170322&passdocnumber=07&allbin=1809655)" can reveal a whole list of scanned items, chock full of details.

Applications prior to ~ 2008 (?) don't have scanned files, so that route won't help much. And some more applications will show very few.

June 7th, 2011, 04:43 PM
Thanks loft, that helped a lot.