By Penny Laughlin
You may recall that the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) reorganized the BEST Squad, Excavation/Interior Demolition and Scaffold Safety Units in August 2018. That process created two new units, the Construction Safety Compliance (CSC) Unit and the Construction Safety Enforcement Unit (CSE). These new entities are tasked with increasing safety compliance monitoring at construction sites throughout the city.
New Units, New Forms
As part of this reorganization, DOB is replacing all BEST Squad forms with new CSC forms, effective February 11, 2019. The agency has also released two additional forms.
- CSC2A Form: Pre-Demolition Inspection Application replaces the B Form 2A: BEST Pre-Demolition inspection Application. Demolition applications must be pre-filed before requesting a pre-demolition inspection from the CSC. Submitted forms must include the nine-digit BIS job number.
- CSC4 Form: Application for Recommendation for Mechanical Means Demolition replaces the BEST4: Application for BEST Recommendation for Mechanical Means Demolition form. Use this form to request a recommendation that supports using mechanical means for demolition. (You’ll still need to secure borough commissioner approval after receiving a CSC recommendation.)
- The Construction Safety Compliance Appointment Request Form is required when requesting a CSC appointment for demolition inspections, site safety removal requests, suspended scaffold inspections, and sidewalk shed appointments that do not involve a Stop Work Order or violation removal. This form may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Construction Safety Compliance Demolition Cover Sheet must accompany all demolition applications that require CSC Plan Examination review.
If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Metropolis Group at 212.233.6344.