Buildings Releases Interactive Map on City’s Buildings and Construction Sites

Image Credit: Department of Buildings

The map provides a 12-month snapshot of building permits, complaints, inspections, violations, and accident reports for every property in the city. On March 8, 2019, Buildings released the DOB Buildings Profiles Map, a new, interactive map that provides insight into Buildings’ interactions with the nearly 1.1 million buildings and 45,000 active construction sites it regulates. The map is Buildings’ latest tool in a series of interactive dashboards, reports, and data tools to give the public information about the City’s buildings and construction sites. The map’s information will allow the user to better understand the recent movement in the construction industry and DOB compliance activities in the City.

The DOB Building Profiles Map shows the locations and profiles of the 128,056 buildings that have had interactions with the agency in the past 12 months. The map can be used to find interactions such as the location of 55,473 properties where DOB issued construction permits, 3,254 construction sites that have been issued a DOB stop-work order, 12,766 buildings where DOB conducted inspections of reported illegal conversions, 703 reported construction accidents, and 679 buildings where DOB received complaints of construction-related tenant harassment. The map has a link to Buildings’ searchable online database on each building’s profile. The online database has extensive information about each building’s interactions with Buildings.

The building profiles will include information on construction permits issued, complaints generated, inspections conducted, violations issued, and construction-related accidents to which DOB responded. This information is collected over a 12-month period.

The map provides real-time insight into the recent trends in construction and building code enforcement and will be updated weekly to provide up-to-date information.

The DOB Buildings Profile map builds off Buildings’ success with their real-time map series, which show active major construction projects citywide, and the locations of the more than 8,000 permitted sidewalk shed around the five boroughs. Buildings is working on creating more data-driven tools to provide the public with accessible up-to-date information about the agency’s activities. For CityLand’s prior coverage of these other interactive tools, click here.

“One of our missions at DOB is to put the power of data into the hands of the public by creating simple, easy-to-use tools that provide New Yorkers with information about what is happening in their building, their neighborhood, and their city,” said Acting Buildings Commissioner Thomas Fariello, R.A.


By: May Vutrapongvatana (May is a CityLaw Intern and a New York Law School Student, Class of 2019).


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