The majority of New York City construction requires a Department of Buildings (DOB) permit. Once a New York State Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) has submitted construction plans to DOB to obtain a permit, then a DOB Plan Examiner will review the plans for compliance.

To request an appointment with a Department of Buildings' (DOB) Plan Examiner, you either can go in person to a DOB borough office or schedule an appointment online using DOB’s online Appointments System.

The DOB ID and PENS pin numbers that customers used when calling 311 are used in the online system.

Learn how to schedule an appointment online.

Schedule a Plan Exam Appointment.

Get help with Department of Buildings Self-Service Tools.

Find a Department of Buildings Borough Office.

When trying to schedule a plan exam, you may get an error for one of the following reasons:

  • Incorrect Job/Document Combination
  • Invalid Job Type
  • Invalid Job Status
  • Job/Document exceeds maximum number of appointments allowed for this specific job
  • Specific PE not available for Plan Review appointments - "No Appointment" message

You can get further assistance if you are unable to schedule a plan exam due to scheduling errors.

Call 311 for assistance.

The Department of Buildings (DOB) will schedule emergency plan exams in certain situations involving time limitations. DOB will only give an emergency appointment if it determines that the situation needs immediate review.

You can get further assistance if you need to schedule an emergency plan exam appointment.

Call 311 for assistance.

If you’ve been notified by the Department of Buildings (DOB), you can schedule an appointment in response to their request for audit or official review for:

  • Technical compliance unit appointment
  • Zoning review
  • Special enforcement appointment
  • Special audit review

You can get further assistance if you need to schedule a DOB audit review appointment.

Call 311 for assistance.

You can schedule a consultation about future building plans before you formally open a file with the City. These meetings are called "preconsideration appointments." They must be scheduled through the Department of Buildings (DOB).

You can get further assistance if you need to schedule a DOB Plan Exam Preconsideration Appointment.

Call 311 for assistance.

If the City rejected your construction project plans, you can appeal by scheduling a reconsideration appointment. All reconsideration appointments must be scheduled through the Department of Buildings (DOB).

You can get further assistance if you need to schedule a DOB Plan Exam Reconsideration Appointment.

Call 311 for assistance.

You may also schedule an appointment to have plans for a New Building or Major Alteration project in any borough reviewed through The HUB, Department of Buildings' (DOB) state of the art review center that includes:

  • Development HUB
  • HUB Self-Service
  • HUB Full-Service 

The HUB works to accelerate the approval process for construction projects throughout New York City.

Design professionals can submit applications and construction plans to DOB electronically, and plan examiners and applicants can review plans virtually using online meeting software.

To participate in the program, you must be registered with DOB’s eFiling system.

Register with eFiling.

Learn more about the HUB.

The Department of Buildings (DOB) registers plan examination filing representatives and expediters and gives them an ID number and PIN so they can schedule plan examination appointments. You can get information on how to update account information, such as e-mail address and telephone number.

Online

Learn how to schedule an appointment online.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

In Person

280 Broadway (between Chambers and Reade Streets)
6th Floor, Room 601
New York, NY 10007

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