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Building Plan Review

This page is for projects pre-filed with the NYC Department of Buildings on or after May 3, 2010. If you have a project pre-filed with DOB before May 3, 2010, please visit the Planting Requirements page.

Parks' Building Plan Review is a multi-step design review process administered by Parks and the Department of Buildings (DOB) to help the building community acquire the appropriate permits for the protection of existing trees and the planting of new trees.

Parks will review the Builder’s Pavement Plan (BPP) prior to DOB approval and evaluate the location of street trees, the size of tree pits on-site, as well as any planned tree removals. The Building Plan Review greatly reduces the chances that changes to tree pit size and tree species will be required after construction is complete, thereby expediting your Street Tree Planting Permit Sign-Off and the issuance of your Certificate of Occupancy.

To complete the Building Plan Review, please follow the step-by-step directions below.

See the Building Plan Review Flowchart.

Building Plan Review: Step-by-Step

Step 1: Examine Your Site Plan Against Parks' Building Plan Review Checklist

Reference the Building Plan Review Checklist to make sure your site plan possess all necessary information required by our Forestry offices. If any information is missing, revise your site plan accordingly. Failure to complete this step will delay the rest of your Plan Review process.

All site plans with existing trees will require tree protection notes and details included in submitted plan with critical root zones labeled.

Download the Tree Preservation Best Practices and Protocol for Permits and Plan Review

Download the Tree Protection Details

Step 2: Submit P-A Forestry Application for Plan Review to the appropriate Borough Forestry Office

The P-A Forestry Application for Plan Review may be submitted before or after you begin an application for a DOB New Building, Alt. 1 or Alt. 2 Permit, but such permits will not be issued by DOB until the P-A and all accompanying documents are satisfactorily submitted to Parks. Read the P-A carefully for a description of all required documentation. Submit all potential tree removal requests at this time.

Step 3: Parks Issues Acceptance Letter (P-R)

If all of the necessary minimum documentation is received, Parks will issue a sealed Plan Review acceptance letter (P-R).

If no DOB Job Number is available, the P-R must be taken to DOB to prove that you have submitted a Parks Plan Review and it has been accepted for review. If a DOB Job Number is available, Parks will e-submit this form to DOB and issue the applicant a hard copy. This submission to DOB demonstrates the applicant’s awareness of the requirement for Parks review and approval of all tree planting removals, new tree locations as well as the protection plan for existing trees during the construction process.

The P-R will also inform you of any additional documentation/information needed before the Plan Review can begin. The P-R does not mean that you can start tree related work. You MUST be issued an official Tree Work Permit before work can begin.

Step 4: DOB issues Construction Permits

Once the P-R is received by DOB, construction permits can be issued.

Step 5: Parks Plan Review Proceeds

Parks’ examination of your site plan and all requests will begin within 20-30 business days of receipt of the design. If you kept to Parks standards and your plans also meet the requirements of our Building Plan Review Checklist (Step 1), there may be no objections and the approval could happen quickly. If there are objections preventing a plan from being approved upon initial review, parks will issue a plan review correspondence detailing the required corrections.  Upon receiving the required corrections from the applicant, Parks will review the revised submission within 20-30 business days. Each correspondence exchange requiring the review of a plan submission will be reviewed within 20-30 business day. Applicants who fail to send revised correspondence after receiving their initial plan review correspondence from Parks will not be notified of any outstanding items they have with DOB or DPR. Please review our Tree Planting Standards to become familiar with tree spacing guidelines and requirements.

Dialogue with Parks will include:

  • Tree Removal Requests are considered
  • Tree Protection Plans are reviewed and approved
  • Correct placement, species, and pit sizes of new trees are determined and approved. All new plantings must conform to City regulations and avoid conflict with surrounding infrastructure.

Step 6: Parks Site Approved and Sealed

Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn

Once Parks approves your final site plan, take the sealed plan to DOB for authorization of your Builder’s Pavement Plan (BPP). DOB will not authorize a BPP until they receive a stamped site plan from Parks, proving that the location for the new tree(s) has been approved. The Parks approved site plan must match the one on file at DOB.

Queens and Staten Island

Once Parks approves your final site plan, take the sealed plan to DOB. DOB will not issue a Certificate of Occupancy without an approved site plan with an embossed seal from Parks.

Note: While the sealed site plan can be brought to DOB any time before the DOB’s final Certificate of Occupancy inspection can take place, it is strongly advised to submit the Parks sealed plan to DOB as soon as possible to avoid any complications. The Parks approved plan must match that on file at DOB.

If New Tree Planting is Required

If New Tree Planting is Required, refer to the Planting Requirements for New Buildings.

If Working Near Parkland

If you are working on parkland or property under the jurisdiction or control of NYC Parks, you may need a NYC Parks Construction Permit. Please visit our Parks Construction Permit page for more information.

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