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NYC Construction Project Guidelines for Owners

Updated: Feb 28, 2023




As the owner you are responsible for knowing and understanding Department requirements and other local regulations that must be incorporated into your project.


For example, you’ll need to hire a Registered Design Professional – Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) – to submit your construction documents for Department approval, hire licensed contractors to obtain permits to commence work, during which you must ensure completion of various required inspections and close-out your project.

The Project Guidelines for Owners (the Guidelines) was developed as a collaborative effort between the Department and industry partners for the purpose of:


  • introducing you to the Construction Codes, Zoning and other regulatory requirements for project planning, execution and completion

  • helping you understand the importance and your obligation to select a Registered Design Professional as the responsible party to fulfill these requirements

  • helping you recognize Code requirements to assist you in identifying and hiring the appropriate licensed contractors to perform the approved work; and

  • assisting you in identifying additional sources of information to further understand these requirements.


The Guidelines provide information on tasks and responsibilities for all stakeholders involved on your project. While the Guidelines can be used at any stage of your construction project, you should begin using the Guidelines at the start, before your project application is filed. This initial review will help you determine who is responsible for each requirement, and will help you better assess project costs, site safety requirements, reduce liability and potential risks.

The Project Guidelines for Owners include:


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