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The NYC Department of Buildings, also known as DOB, is the governing body responsible for ensuring the safety and integrity of buildings and structures across New York City. With a mission to promote the construction of safe and compliant buildings, the DOB plays a crucial role in regulating construction, demolition, and renovation activities throughout the city. Learn more about DOB here

The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) issues violations for various reasons, primarily related to ensuring compliance with building codes, zoning regulations, and safety standards.

To get violations issued by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) removed, you typically need to take the following steps: review the violation, address the violation, submit required documentation, request a reinspection, attend a hearing (if necessary), pay any fines (if applicable), follow up. 

It’s important to act promptly and thoroughly address violations to avoid further penalties or enforcement actions by the DOB. As a New York City-based real estate consulting firm with more than 15 years of invaluable experience in the industry, Stonecore Inc offers comprehensive consulting services that ensure a smooth journey through the intricacies of NYC’s building regulations. Learn more about DOB violations on our blog, or click here

Addressing violations through litigation typically involves several steps, and the specific process may vary depending on the nature of the violations and the circumstances of the case. You can learn more about the steps for addressing a violation on our blog or click here

The litigation process for addressing violations can be complex and time-consuming. Property owners and landlords should work diligently to address violations and comply with housing codes to avoid legal action and potential penalties.

Do you have an open violation on your property? Contact us today to explore the most effective steps forward at info@stonecoreinc.com.

A Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is an official document issued by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) that certifies a building’s compliance with applicable building codes and other laws, indicating that it is safe for occupancy. The CO specifies the legal use and occupancy of a building or space, including the number of occupants, the use of each floor or area, and compliance with zoning regulations.

Obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) in New York City involves several steps and compliance with local building codes and regulations. Click here for a general guide on how to obtain a CO in NYC. 

It’s important to note that the process may vary depending on the specific circumstances of your project and any local regulations that apply. It’s recommended to consult with a professional that is familiar with local building codes for personalized guidance. Reach out to us today to determine if your project requires a Certificate of Occupancy, info@stonecoreinc.com.

Obtaining a building permit in New York City involves several steps, and the process can vary depending on the type and scope of the construction project. Working alongside a real estate consulting firm can ensure this process is smooth and efficient, as well as provide you with peace of mind. Check out our blog for general overview of the steps to obtain a building permit, or click here to learn more. 

If you’re unsure about any aspect of the permit process, you may consider consulting with a professional who is familiar with the local regulations and procedures. From permit applications to compliance matters, Stonecore Inc specializes in providing comprehensive consulting services that ensure a smooth journey through the intricacies of NYC’s building regulations.

Contact us today to explore the most effective steps forward at info@stonecoreinc.com.


In New York City, ECB stands for Environmental Control Board. ECB violations are issued by the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) or other city agencies for violations related to various regulations, including building codes, zoning laws, and quality of life issues.

ECB violations are typically issued for non-criminal offenses, and they are adjudicated by the Environmental Control Board, rather than through the criminal court system. These violations are administrative in nature and can result in fines, penalties, or other enforcement actions.

When an ECB violation is issued, the property owner or responsible party is typically given a specified period to correct the violation or contest it through a hearing process. Failure to address ECB violations can result in escalating fines or other enforcement actions by the city.

As a real estate consulting firm with 15+ years of experience, we understand the complexities of NYC’s building regulations. We will assess the nature and severity of the violations issued by HPD, ECB, or DOB to determine the appropriate course of action. Based on the assessment, the firm will develop a plan to address the violations, which may include corrective actions, documentation, and communication with the relevant authorities. Learn more about NYC ECB violations on our blog or click here

NYC HPD violations refer to violations issued by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The HPD is responsible for enforcing housing maintenance standards and regulations to ensure that residential buildings in New York City are safe and habitable for occupants. HPD violations typically pertain to issues such as lack of heat or hot water, mold, vermin infestations, lead paint hazards, inadequate fire safety measures, and other conditions that violate the city’s Housing Maintenance Code.

When HPD inspectors identify violations during their inspections or in response to tenant complaints, they issue violation notices to property owners or landlords, detailing the specific violations and outlining the required corrective actions. Property owners are typically given a specified period to address the violations and bring the property into compliance with the Housing Maintenance Code.

Failure to address HPD violations in a timely manner can result in fines, legal action, and other enforcement measures by the HPD. It’s important for property owners and landlords to promptly address HPD violations to ensure the safety and well-being of their tenants and to avoid potential penalties.

Do you have an open violation on your property? Contact us today to explore the most effective steps forward at info@stonecoreinc.com.

Yes, you can hire our company to assist with removing violations. We specialize in addressing DOB, HPD and ECB violations, handling everything from the initial assessment to compliance and final resolution. Our experienced team will guide you through the entire process, ensuring all corrective actions are completed efficiently and effectively. Contact us to learn more about our services and how we can help you, info@stonecoreinc.com.

DOB Now is an online portal developed by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) to facilitate various processes related to construction and building management in New York City. The platform is designed to streamline and modernize the way the Department of Buildings interacts with the public, professionals, and other stakeholders.

DOB Now was implemented in phases, with the rollout beginning in 2016. The platform’s introduction and expansion were part of the New York City Department of Buildings’ (DOB) ongoing efforts to modernize its systems and improve efficiency. By implementing DOB Now in stages, the NYC Department of Buildings aimed to ensure a smooth transition from the older DOB BIS system while allowing users to gradually adapt to the new platform. The phased rollout also allowed the DOB to address any issues and gather feedback to improve the system’s functionality and user experience.

Jobs filed in DOB NOW: Build do not appear in the Buildings Information System (BIS).

The Building Information System (BIS) is an older online database managed by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). It provides detailed information on properties, permits, violations, and other building-related activities in New York City. BIS has been an essential resource for property owners, developers, architects, engineers, and the general public to access building records and track the progress of various filings and applications.

DOB Now and DOB BIS (Building Information System) are two systems used by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) for managing various aspects of building and construction activities. Here are the key differences between the two:

  1. Modernization: DOB Now is the newer, more modern system designed to replace many of the functions of DOB BIS. It is part of an ongoing effort to digitize and streamline the operations of the DOB.
  2. Online Portal: It is an online platform that allows for electronic filing and management of various applications, permits, inspections, and compliance documents.
  3. User Interface: DOB Now offers a more user-friendly and intuitive interface compared to the older BIS system. It supports better navigation and provides a more integrated experience.
  4. Real-Time Updates: The system provides real-time updates on the status of applications, permits, and inspections, which improves transparency and efficiency.
  5. Components: DOB Now is divided into several modules, such as:
    • DOB Now: Build for construction-related filings
    • DOB Now: Safety for compliance and safety filings
    • DOB Now: Licensing for professional licensing
    • DOB Now: Inspections for scheduling and managing inspections
  1. Legacy System: DOB BIS is the older system that has been used for many years to manage building information and related activities in New York City.
  2. Scope: While still in use, DOB BIS handles a wide range of functions, including permits, licenses, complaints, violations, and inspections.
  3. Transition: As part of the modernization effort, many functions previously handled by DOB BIS are being transitioned to DOB Now. However, some functions and historical data are still accessible only through BIS.
  4. User Experience: The interface of DOB BIS is considered more outdated and less user-friendly compared to DOB Now. Navigation can be more cumbersome, and it may not offer the same level of integration and real-time updates.
  5. Access to Historical Data: BIS still serves as the repository for historical building data and records, which may not yet be fully migrated to DOB Now.
Transition and Integration
  • Gradual Shift: The transition from DOB BIS to DOB Now is ongoing, with more features and functionalities being gradually moved to the newer system.
  • Dual Usage: During this transition period, both systems are in use. Users may need to access DOB BIS for certain historical records or functionalities not yet available in DOB Now.


In summary, while DOB Now represents the future of digital building management for the NYC Department of Buildings, DOB BIS continues to serve as a critical resource, particularly for historical data and functionalities not yet transitioned. 

Renewing your general contracting license in New York City involves a series of steps through the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). The process is streamlined through the DOB Now: Licensing portal. For more information and help renewing your license, contact us today at info@stonecoreinc.com.