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DOB’S new online map builds on city transparency effort

The city’s Department of Buildings just launched its latest effort to help the city residents understand how the agency regulates the one million buildings it’s responsible for.

DOB Building Profiles is an online map that tracks all the permits, complaints, inspections, violations or accidents using DOB data for the last 12 months.

The map updates filings on a rolling basis and currently provides info on more than 55,000 construction permits, 12,000 reported illegal conversions, 3,200 stop-work orders, and roughly 700 construction accidents and complaints of construction-related tenant harassment.

The tool allows users to search for a building or browse the city and click on highlighted buildings that had activity in the last 12 months.

The map draws its data from the DOB’s Building Information System that tracks even more information in a more comprehensive format.

THOMAS FARIELLO

“Every day our inspectors, plan examiners, and front-line administrative staff deal directly with the public on a range of complex buildings-related issues,” said Thomas Fariello, the DOB’s acting building commissioner. “This real-time map illustrates the Department’s relationship with the buildings we regulate and the impact the agency has on our city’s built environment — and the lives of everyday New Yorkers.”

The DOB Building Profiles map is the latest effort from the agency to provide a more user-friendly format for people looking to understand more about how the city regulates development.

In August, it created a similar map that tracks all active major construction projects and in April the department released an interactive map that follows more than 200 miles of sidewalk sheds throughout the city.

“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,” Fariello said.

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