The Department of Buildings is overwhelmed by the number of filings for building permits and can’t keep up, reported The New York Observer. The City is taking almost twice as long to review first submissions of applications for new-building permits — an average of 15.7 days vs. 8.5 last year, according to a report from the Mayor’s Office of Operations. Alt-1 permits average 13.3 days, vs. 11.5 days last year.
The delays are costing big developers big money, said one of Brooklyn’s busiest architects, Gene Kaufman. One day behind schedule for a big project “costs $15,000 to $20,000 in expenses and $30,000 to $60,000 in lost income, depending on project size, so $45,000 to $80,000 a day,” he told the paper. Part of the slowdown can be attributed to code changes at the end of the year.
There’s also the building boom. Filings increased to 3,132 in 2014, vs. 2,549 in 2013. Permits issued increased 11 percent last year to 98,302, vs. 88,290 issued in 2013.
The building department is also down 16 employees, following recent arrests in widespread bribery schemes. The Building Department needs to hire more employees, said the story.
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