PLACE OF ASSEMBLY

what every owner should know

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. 

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

  • Adequate Egress

  •  Lighting

  • Exit Signs

  • Complete Set of DOB Approved 

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

  • Place of Assembly Plans

  • Emergency Lighting Letter

  • Maximum Occupancy Sign

  • Flame Spread Letter

HOW WE HELP - 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:

STEPS

STEP 1

Submit initial PA Application and documents for Professional Certification

Submit initial PA Application and documents for Standard Plan Examination

or

STEP 1

STEP 2

Department of Buildings performs their inspection.

STEP 3

DOB issues a PA certificate of operation.