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Electrical Advisory Board & Plan Review

Updated: Dec 4, 2023




On July, 11 2019 The Electrical Advisory Board (EAB) was eliminated. Electrical installation review will be performed by the DOB Electrical Plan Review (EPR) team. Special Permission Requests will be performed by the borough/HUB office. See below for details:

Please visit Rule 4000-01 for full details on this rule change.

  • Changes to Electrical Plan Review Process

    • Electrical Advisory Board will be abolished on July 11, 2019

      • The last EAB Meeting will be held on July 24, 2019

      • The last day for submittals under Rule 34-05 is July 10,2019

      • All paper submissions will remain paper throughout project lifecycle

    • Electrical Plan Review Initiated July 11, 2019

      • For full details visit Rule 4000-01

      • Submission by Licensed and Registered Professional Engineer or Licensed and Registered Architect or Individual with Comparable Qualification

      • Submissions by email only


  • Submission Details

    • New Project Submission Process

      • Obtain a job number

      • Include Address of job

      • You will receive an email with detailed instructions

      • Prepare to submit a Plan Review Package

        • Follow the instructions in the email sent along with your Job Number

          • Pay the required fee, $650.00

          • Attach a paid receipt

          • Attach the completed work sheet

          • Attach electrical plans as described in Rule 4000-01

          • Attach Asbestos documentation.

          • Include Coordination Statement


  • Submit the Plan Review Package electronically

    • You must include the Job Number and Job Address ONLY in the subject line of your submittal email

    • Submit all the required documents to ElecPlanReview@buildings.nyc.gov


Electrical Plan Review (EPR)

Rule 4000-01 provides complete details for making a submittal for Electrical Plan Review. Submittals that have been received before July 11, 2019 will continue to be processed in accordance to Rule 34-05. Example: A submission must continue as a paper submission throughout the lifecycle of that job, including revisions and resubmissions relating to objections. Below is a more detailed view of the submission process as required by Rule 4000-01.

Submissions must be in accordance with, and include, the following requirements:

(A) All drawings must be clear, legible, and use standard notations.

(B) Installations that are not all new must clearly mark what is new and what is existing. In addition, all new work must be encircled by a ‘bubble’ or ‘cloud’ on the drawings.

(C) For residential installations, the calculations justifying a de-rating of the neutral must be submitted.

(D) The plan view must be drawn to scale, showing the point of service entrance into the building. If the building sets back from the property line, the underground service feeder must be shown, including wire and raceway sizes.

(E) The arrangement of service equipment and its proximity to the point of service entrance must be shown, including the manner in which service will be extended to the service equipment. If the switchboard is free standing, the clearance around the switchboard must be shown.

(F) The location of the main switchboard and/or distribution panels in relation to the service equipment must be shown.

(G) The location of the electric service room with respect to the surrounding areas must be shown.

(H) The means of egress from the switchboard room and where it leads to must be shown. The legal exit(s) to which egress door(s) lead must also be shown.

(I) When there is more than one service location within a building, drawings must contain a notation indicating that signs are posted at the entrance door of each switchboard room showing the location of all the other switchboard rooms. The location and wording of the signs must be specified.

(J) If the existing service equipment and/or point of service entrance is to be discontinued, the drawings must so state.

(K) If existing service equipment is to remain in conjunction with new service equipment and is to be supplied by the same service entrance, the drawing must indicate the make and size of the existing service equipment, and the type and size of the fuses in the existing equipment.

(L) The drawing must show grouping of service equipment at the point of service entrance.

(M) The drawing must show ventilation of the room when the service equipment totals 2000 KVA or larger (this may be in the form of a note on the drawing).

(N) The drawing must show the available short circuit current at the point of service entrance and at the point of change in the interrupting rating of the overcurrent protection. Where used, series ratings must be indicated.

(O) A statement confirming that all fuses and/or circuit breakers have been coordinated for selective short circuit overcurrent protection must be on the drawing.

(P) A one line diagram must be submitted indicating the service equipment and the distribution equipment up to the 2nd level overcurrent protection, showing all overcurrent devices with their ampere rating, make and type, interrupting current ratings and bus and wire sizes. Frame and trip sizes for circuit breakers must be indicated.

(Q) Drawings must indicate that transformers are properly grounded. Service and distribution equipment proposed for future installation must be marked on the drawings as “future.”

(R) All voltages must be clearly shown on the drawings, which must include voltages pertaining to all of the equipment overcurrent protection up to and including the second level protection.

(S) When a generator (or other non-utility source) is part of a 1000 KVA submission and the generator itself is rated below 1000 KVA, a one line diagram must be submitted showing how the generator is connected to the normal service. The drawings must include the grounding of the generator frame and neutral bonding if needed (four pole transfer device). If the generator is rated 1000 KVA or larger, a room layout must be submitted along with a one line diagram.

- A selective coordination report prepared by a professional engineer must be filed with the Department prior to electrical inspection. Such engineer may be different from the applicant.

- Where installation of equipment differs from the original approved drawings, amended drawings showing the as-built condition must be filed with the Department prior to electrical inspection.

Electrical Special Permission Requests

  • Electrical special permission requests will follow the CCD1 process

  • For more information please visit Rule 4000-01 and Determinations

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