Inspections by the DOT play an important role in keeping NYC construction sites safe and preventing dangerous construction accidents. The covid19 crisis has demonstrated that new online technologies can sometimes be used to replace meetings in person or visiting locations, saving time and resources. The NYC Department of Building is testing options to conduct Remote Video Inspections instead of sending inspectors on location.
A pilot program that started on March 19th is now being run until April 30 and proposing to Staten Island contractors who require a CO-NB-ALT1 Construction DEV inspection and to Brooklyn contractors who require a “SWO Rescission/Work Without Permit Construction ENF” inspection to do these remotely.
While doing the request for such inspections, contractors have the option to fill out a Request for a Remote Video Inspection and Attestation. The contractor and any other authorized attendees will then receive an email invitation for the remote inspection with a link to an app that attendees can download on their phone to participate in the online inspection.