We are a local expediting company that offers a full range of permitting services for contractors, architects, engineers, and property owners within the five boroughs of New York City. We have 15+ of experience in obtaining NYC building permits in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Our focus is on obtaining permits related to residential and commercial renovations. We also handle all types of DOT permits, including permits for major government contracts.
Ranging from simple sidewalk repairs to new building permits, we've seen it all.
years of experience
We've been pulling permits since 2001.
DOB projects approved
We've helped get over 500 construction projects approved at the DOB.
EXPEDITING SERVICES OFFERED
- Filing of Alteration Type-1, -2, and -3 jobs. We can assist you with everything from the pre-filing stage to sign-off.
- Filing of Post-Approval Amendments (PAA).
- Assistance with pulling work permits.
- Assistance with obtaining after-hours work variance permits.
- Assistance with obtaining a Letter of Completion aka sign-off.
- Registration of a contractor with the Licensing Unit to obtain a tracking number.
- Updating a contractor’s insurance file with the Licensing Unit.
- Assistance with obtaining a Certificate of Correction for an ECB violation.
- Assistance with resolving open DOB violations such as boiler violations.
- And much more!
- Assistance with pulling DOT permits such as sidewalk repair and equipment in the roadway.
- Registration of a contractor to obtain a permittee number.
- Updating a contractor’s insurance file.
- Coordination of a New Building Meeting for projects involving the construction of a new building or major alteration.
- Coordination of a Lower Manhattan Meeting for projects located below Canal Street.
- Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests.
- Assistance with removing DOT violations.
- And much more!
- Assistance with an LPC application for any type of construction.
- Assistance with the removal of LPC violations.
I spoke with Guy Cohen in regards to an issue I have with the DOB. After explaining to me that this is not a type of job his company takes on, Guy spent twenty minutes on the phone with me trying to educate me in the process of how to properly deal with my issue. I would highly recommend his company as if he takes that much care in someone he is not charging a fee too, I can only imagine what care he would take if he was to go to bat for me. A true gentleman in a field that probably has a lot of companies that are about the dollar first.
I reached out to several expeditors to deal with an issue we had with a permit that was never closed. The ONLY company who responded immediately was GC Expediting. Guy Cohen answered all of my questions and helped me understand the situation. After we talked, I sent him an email with the open permit so he could review and he responded even though it was after work hours (I had called late in the day). We figured out that given the current situation, expediting services most likely are not what I need but he was SO helpful in continuing to answer my questions about what I should do.
GC Expediting advertises that they offer great customer service. And they do. In addition, when I asked for a quote (when I thought I could use them), the quote was very reasonable. I had read that expeditors would run you at least $5K... in this case the quote was below $1000.
Highly recommend GD Expediting!!
I would recommend GC Expediting to anyone who is looking for a company who is sincere, patient, quick to respond and honest. When I needed to make changes, you never hesitated about the change, and I receive the information I need within the same day of my request. You guys are awesome. That’s all I can say. Awesome team!
My only regret is that I don't have more people to recommend you guys to. Exceptional Service. No other way to say it.
Below is a brief breakdown of DOB licenses needed to do most construction projects.
Insurance Tracking Number
General Contractor Registration
Safety Registration Number
* New Building (excluding one-, two- or three-family homes).
* Alteration or Enlargement more than 25% of an existing building's floor area.
* Adding three (3) or more stories.
*Alteration or demolition more than 50% of an existing building's floor area.
*Removal of one (1) or more floors of an existing structure.
*Placement of 2,000 cubic yards or more of concrete in connection with excavation, foundation or superstructure work.
In addition, you'll be able to pull alteration permits for interior and exterior renovations.
What other licenses do you need?
DOT Permittee Number
HIC and HIS licenses
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Besides a tracking number, if you plan on being hired by unit owners to work in their apartment (or homeowners), you'll need to obtain a Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) license from the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). We cannot assist you with getting an HIC license because it requires you to take a test and get fingerprinted by the DCA. Note that you'll also need to have a Home Improvement Salesperson (HIS) license from the DCA if you are entering into a contract to do construction work in a residential unit and are hired by the unit owner. Exemptions to needing an HIC license are when you are hired by the management company of a building to renovate an apartment, or are doing commercial work.
In addition to a tracking number and an HIC license, if you plan on repairing sidewalks and/or placing equipment in the street (e.g. containers), you'll need to be registered with the Department of Transportation (DOT) . The DOT issues contractors a Permittee Number. Getting a permittee number is a bit complicated but we can assist you with this registration process.
Once a design has been agreed upon with an architect, the next step is to review your building's Alteration Agreement. This agreement will contain details about the steps involved with getting your project approved INTERNALLY by the building. Usually this includes sending a set of plans and a letter of intent to the management company. They'll also request a a deposit from you and then send out your plans to an architect hired by the management company to review plans. It almost always takes a few weeks for that architect to review these plans, and the architect usually has a few pages of notes that require revisions be made to the drawings and another review done. As you can see, it can take some time to get a job approved by your management company. The reason why you need to have this internal approval done is that most of the DOB forms are signed by officers of the board. Usually the unit owner only signs one form (the cost affidavit).
Once the plans have been approved internally, an expediter can be hired. An expediter will advise you as to any other vendors you need to hire (e.g. asbestos inspector if your building was built before April 1, 1987) and will set up the Department of Buildings (DOB) forms to complement the architect's drawings. The expediter is also the person who actually goes to the DOB and deals with the plan examiners and staff there. Most architects won't step foot into the DOB.
After the job has been approved by the DOB, an expediter will work with your contractor to pull the required work permits.
Finally, when construction is complete, an expediter will set up and submit the DOB forms required to sign off your job at the DOB. Signing off the job is important because this is how you get your deposit back from the management company. Signing off the job is also a priority because it shows that the work was not only approved and permitted, but also completed. If the job isn't signed off, a future buyer of the unit could say that the work was not done legally. Just because someone pulls a permit doesn't mean they actually did any work - at least that's how the DOB sees it.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this filing process.
Next, you'll want to discuss with us arranging an asbestos inspection for your property. Any property built after April 1, 1987 requires an asbestos inspection before the work permits can be issued. We've got volume deals worked out with inspectors so it is best to contact us about this required inspection.
While this is all going on you'll want to get some bids from contractors. We'll need the estimated job costs for your project to complete the paperwork required for a job filing with the Department of Buildings (DOB).
Finally, an expediter (preferably GC Expediting!) will complete all the required forms based on the architect's drawings. We'll send out the forms to be signed by all relevant shareholders. If you live in a co-op/condo board-run building, an officer of the board will have to sign at least one of the forms so keep that in mind. The completed forms, signed/sealed drawings, and the asbestos report are all filed at the same time with the DOB and then you have to wait for a plan examiner to review your project.
Unfortunately there is no way to dismiss a violation just because you weren't the owner of the property at the time of issuance. When you purchase a property, the DOB assumes you purchased the property "as is." Therefore the current owner is responsible for any outstanding violations.