PLACE OF ASSEMBLY

WHAT EVERY OWNER SHOULD KNOW

THE BASICS

New York City Department of Buildings requires a Place of Assembly or PA permit for all premises where the Certificate of Occupancy Indicates that either :

  • 75 or more members of the public may gather indoors 

  • 200 or more members may gather outdoors for group activities such as religious, recreational, educational, political or social purposes. 

This requirement is to ensure the continuous safety and well being of the public in large groups which is achieved through such elements as proper egress and emergency lighting. 

PROCESS

Place of Assembly Application is required for:

  • New Buildings that will require a Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation

  • An Alteration Type 1 in which either:

    • the use or occupancy (number of people allowed in the space) of an existing property changes)

    • the building's egress (the way people leave the building) changes

Once it is determined that a Place of Assembly (PA Application is needed the following process will take place:

STEP 1

Submit initial PA Application and documents for Standard Plan Examination

or

Submit initial PA Application and documents for Professional Certification

STEP 2

Department of Buildings performs their inspection

STEP 3

DOB Issues a PA Certificate of Operation

REQUIREMENTS

Outlined below is a list of documents and information that must be submitted with a PA application prior to inspection:

  • PA-1 Form

  • Proposed Plans

  • Filing Fee Receipt

  • Copy of the C of O (Certificate of Occupancy)

  • POC-1

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) inspector will be looking for general compliance with the Construction Code, which includes:

  • Adequate Egress

  •  Lighting

  • Exit Signs

  • Complete Set of DOB Approved 

  • Place of Assembly Plans

  • Emergency Lighting Letter

  • Maximum Occupancy Sign

  • Flame Spread Letter

COMPLIANCE

Your PA Certificate of Operation does not expire but each year after the initial issuance, The FDNY will inspect your Establishment & provide you with a Place of Assembly permit based on the results of that inspection.  Non-conformance will result in FDNY violations. 

Quick Facts to Remember:

  • New York City Department of Buildings is the issuance agency of the PA permit and enforces adherence to the NYC Construction Codes.

  • The Fire Department of New York is responsible for annual PA permit inspections and assures compliance with the Fire Code.