Department of Buildings (DOB) The DOB ensures the safe and lawful use of over 950,000 buildings and properties by enforcing the City's Building Code, Electrical Code, Zoning Resolution, New York State Labor Law and New York State Multiple Dwelling Law. Their main activities include performing plan examinations, issuing construction permits, inspecting properties, and licensing trades.
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) The DEP administers the asbestos and lead control program, handles water and sewer emergencies, and handles enforcement and complaints regarding air, noise, and hazardous materials.
Department of Housing Preservations & Development (HPD) HPD protects the New York City's existing housing stock and expands housing options for New Yorkers. HPD enforces the building code, operates the emergency repair program, and manages the J-51 tax exemption and abatement program.
Department of Sanitation (DOS) The DOS is responsible for collecting garbage and recyclables, cleaning streets, and clearing snow from the roadways in the winter.
Fire Department (FDNY) This department issues the fire prevention certificate of fitness and performs residential sprinkler testing.
Housing Court: NYC Civil Court, Housing Part The Housing Part handles residential owner and tenant cases. Each year, over 300,000 residential cases are filed in the Housing Part of the Civil Court, generally referred to as the Housing Court.
New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) The DHCR’s Office of Rent Administration is responsible for regulating rents in approximately 1.2 million privately owned rental units statewide under four laws: the Emergency Housing Rent Control Law, the Local Emergency Tenant Control Act, the Rent Stabilization Law, and the Emergency Tenants Protection Act. These four laws are detail New York City’s rent regulation systems commonly known as rent control and rent stabilization.
Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) The RGB is mandated to establish rent adjustments for the approximately one million dwelling units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law in New York City. The Board holds an annual series of public meetings and hearings to consider research from staff, and testimony from owners, tenants, advocacy groups and industry experts.