NYC Agency Resources
The NYC DOB issues building and electrical permits for the 5 boroughs.The NYC Development Hub is DOB’s online filing system. Electrical permit applications are separate from construction and must be submitted by a NYC Master Electrician who works for a registered Electrical Firm. They can also be filed online using the Development Hub. There are 2 ways to file DOB construction permit applications online:
The Buildings Information System (BIS) can be used to track permit applications and find site specific information on any address in the 5 boroughs.
Con Edison is the main electric utility in NYC. They use an online system called Project Center to submit net metering applications. For large systems, utility grid upgrades may be required to handle energy flowing both ways. Contact the Distributed Generation department in advance of signing contacts to receive an initial feasibility assessment or information on potential upgrades that may be required for your project.
The NYC DCP is responsible for zoning in NYC. It was ruled that solar does not add an additional story to a building. Panels on sloped roofs cannot be tilted more than 18” off the roof. The Zoning and Land Use Map (ZOLA) can be used to determine the zoning district and other site specific information.
If the building is a designated landmark or in a historical district, a permit must be obtained from the NYC Landmark Preservation Commission prior to submitting to the NYC Department of Buildings. The Buildings Information System (BIS) can be used to determine if the property is a landmark.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) maintains a statewide network of solar electric installers to ensure professional, quality work that meets today’s nationally-recognized standards and practices.