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Construction, Engineering and Permitting

PLI administers permits to:

  • Renovate and repair existing buildings or structures
  • Construct addtions to existing buildings or structures
  • Construct new buildings or structures
  • Demolish entire or portions of existing buildings or structures
  • Legally occupy existing or new buildings or structures
  • Perform electrical work in new or existing buildings or structures
  • Perform mechanical work in new or existing buildings or structures
  • Install or improve Fire Suppression Systems in new or existing buildings or structures
  • Regrade land

Under PLI's permitting role, it coordinates closely with both the Department of City Planning and the Department of Public Works. A majority of the permits issued by PLI start in the Zoning Department which is part of City Planning. Our permit applications are separated into Commercial permits and Residential Permits.

The first step in the building permitting process is to determine the zoning classification for the parcel under consideration. This process starts at the Zoning counter located down the hall: 3rd floor of 200 Ross St.

Use the navigation menu on the right of this screen to identify the type of Commercial or Residential permit you need.

Code Interpretations

Please refer to our Bulletin Page for a list of code interpretations in response to common code questions.

Off-Hours Inspections

PLI provides after hours, holiday, and weekend inspections, or "off-hour inspections", to accomodate customers. All construction projects within PLI's jurisdiction are eligible to request inspections outside of normal business hours and are subject to the process outlined in our Off-Hours Inspections Policy. Please read the policy and complete an off-hours inspection application. 

Effective May 29th, 2018, off-hour inspections must be scheduled at least two business days after the date of application. For example, if the application is submitted on Monday, the earliest the inspection can occur is after three business days, on the upcoming Thursday.