Effective December 1st, 2020, the FDNY Bureau of Fire Prevention is launching a pilot program in hopes of facilitating the curing of certain Fire Alarm Inspection Notices of Defects.

The program, Remote Video Inspections (RVI) will be an option for the re-inspection of previously issued Notices of Defects. It will use video conferencing so an Inspector will not need to be physically present, which will serve to increase efficiency and protect all parties by reducing in-person contact.

To apply for RVI, fill out a B-45 Inspection Request and select the appropriate checkbox.

For more information or assistance contact the FDNY Customer Service Center at 311 or email

The DOB has instituted some changes to transfer some of the responsibility of the TPP-1 (Tenant Protection Plan) from architects to contractors. Beginning today, November 10th, 2020, the TPP must be prepared by the registered design professional (RDP) that is retained by the General Contractor rather than by the RDP themselves.  

As a result, the TPP1 and PW2 forms have been changed to add a statement certifying that the TPP submitted by the RDP coordinates with the scope of work intended.

The exceptions to the change are if work is taking place in occupied 1- or 2- family homes, or if "work limited to the interior of a single dwelling unit of an occupied multiple dwelling with no disruption to the essential services of other units, where the dwelling unit is owner-occupied."

See the original service update here.

As part of the mayor's recovery plan, the popular Open Restaurants program (originally introduced in June) will be extended year-round and made permanent.

In addition, the Open Storefronts program has been created. In effect from October 30th to December 31st, 2020, it "allows eligible existing businesses to conduct activity on sidewalks, on roadways... or a combination of both." Eligible businesses range from retail and repair shops to personal care and dry-cleaning/laundry facilities. The sidewalk space can be used for seating, queueing, or displaying dry goods, but must be up against the wall of the building, and leave a minimum of 8' clear path on the sidewalk.

For details regarding siting criteria click here.

To apply for the Open Storefronts program click here.

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