DOB PERMITS ~ otherwise known as Department of Building Permits.

Below is a snapshot of some of the most common permits required for your special event experience in New York. The Coast to Coast Team navigates the process for you, and insures that all your requirements are met per city and state guidelines.


AHV - After Hours Variance: An After Hours Variance is required if you are seeking to perform construction activity before 7:00 am, after 6:00 pm, or on the Weekend.

C&D - Cranes & Derricks: Department-approved applications for crane work and crane devices will be issued new permits: a Certificate of Operation (CD), an On-site Certificate (CN), or an On-site Certificate (Limited). Applicants must print a copy of each issued permit by using the BIS - Building Information System. C&D Permits must be secured by the operator. Displaying Permits ~ Applicants must print one copy of each Cranes and Derricks permit. A copy of the CD must be kept with the crane equipment. The CN and Limited permits must be posted on the construction fence with other Department-issued permits. The Department will issue violations for failing to post these permits or failing to have them available with the crane equipment.

PA - Place of Assembly: A Place of Assembly (PA) Certificate of Operation is required for premises where 75 or more members of the public gather indoors or 200 or more gather outdoors, for religious, recreational, educational, political, or social purposes, or to consume food or drink.

In order to have a legal Place of Assembly, certain Fire and Building Code requirements must be fulfilled. Fire Guards must be onsite, and the number of guards and placement will be determined for each event. Fire extinguishers must be on site, with the number and placement determined for each event. Bathroom facilities - a certain number must accommodate the event attendees. Exit access must be a minimum of two.

The Department of Buildings performs the initial inspection for the first issuance of a Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation. The Fire inspector will come out the day of your event, to review and issue the final permit.

TPA - Temporary Place of Assembly: A TPA is issued where there are 75 or more people within an indoor space or 200 or more in an exterior open space. It permits the event space to be used as a Place of Assembly for a limited duration and/or correlatively limits the sizes and duration of structures used for the event, e.g. platform/stages, reviewing/band stands, bleachers, tents, artwork, and support structures.

Before a TPA can be issued, DOB must receive and approve an Application Letter requesting a TPA from a Registered Design Professional (RDP), either a Registered New York State Architect or a Licensed Professional Engineer. The application letter shall describe the premise and activity in which the event will occur and shall also include drawings that are signed and stamped by the RDP.

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