Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri recently announced the launch of eSubmit, a new program that allows building permit applicants to electronically submit certain documents from their home or office in order to cut the wait time.

Each year, the Buildings Department receives approximately 60,000 documents also known as “required items” associated with permit applications and with the new eSubmit program, these documents will be stored online so that applicants can fulfill requirements by submitting more than 200 required items and supporting documents online, and New Yorkers can easily access critical information about construction projects planned for their neighborhoods.

“Making construction operations more transparent is one of our top priorities. This new program will make thousands of construction documents available online, as well as increase the efficiency of the permit application process,” said LiMandri. “Access to this information will make it easier for applicants and New Yorkers to monitor construction projects across the five boroughs.”

The DOB will review documents submitted by applicants for accuracy and completion. Once the documents are approved or disapproved, applicants will be notified via email and approved documents will become part of the permit application and will be made available in BISWeb, the DOB’s online property database. Documents associated with demolition permit applications or that require technical review must still be submitted in person at the Buildings Department.

The program builds upon the Buildings Department online document management system known as B-SCAN, which allows staff to electronically scan documents so that they are easily accessible to applicants and the public.