You need a permit to excavate or demolish any building, structure, or property. To apply for a permit, you can submit it electronically through DOB NOW. An electronic filing account is required to submit applications at DOB NOW. Removing a wall in New York City usually requires a permit.
In most cases, you'll need to hire an architect and submit an application for a Type 2 building permit for modification. All demolition permits must be submitted as separate applications. The shoring requires a separate building permit. If other construction work is proposed to you, you can include shoring work with the larger project or you can submit it as a separate permit.
Sometimes, the demolition of a building requires shoring to protect neighboring properties or the right of way. Check the building permit number that includes shoring in your demolition plans. You can include shoring plans in your demolition permit, but they should be clearly marked for reference only. We will issue your demolition permit after your shoring permit is issued.
For demolition permits, if you're tearing down an entire house and rebuilding a new one or demolishing a commercial property, the first thing you'll need to comply with all building regulations is a “demolition permit.” If the demolition is part of a larger project, schedule separate intake appointments for your demolition and construction permits.