December 30, 2013 | Article
The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) Development Hub, initially launched in 2012, has expanded its e-permitting capacity for solar installations with the addition of the Full-Service filing system. Full-Service filing accepts plans for Alt-1, Alt-2, Alt-3, and new building (NB) permit applications, including permits for solar PV and solar thermal. Both NYC Property Tax Abatement (PTA) and non-PTA applications can now be electronically submitted to the NYC Development Hub for review and approval. NYC DOB Development Hub
The Full-Service filing system offers virtual plan reviews that eliminate the need for in-person trips to DOB borough offices, speeding up the permitting process while saving both time and money for filers and examiners. After submitting plans and required documents through the online portal, applicants can initiate virtual planning reviews with the DOB and receive permits online. All associated application fees can also be paid online through the service.
The DOB provides a details explanation of this procedure in its Hub Full-Service Industry Filing Guide. The NYC DOB has been a member of the City University of New York (CUNY) solar advisory board since its inception in 2006, working side by side with NYC solar stakeholders in a collaborative effort to streamline the NYC solar installation process. NYC Solar Ombudsman, funded through a Department of Energy grant and administered CUNY, began working from the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) on a regular weekly basis in 2010 in order to assist in the permitting process.