NYC DOB unveils remote video inspection program
The New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB) is testing a remote video inspection program using standard digital video technology, so that inspectors will not need to be physically present. The city has continued to use in-person inspections through the pandemic.
The voluntary program will replace in-person visits for some construction inspections in Staten Island and Brooklyn. If the pilot program is successful, it will expand to the rest of the city. The six-week program, which involves inspectors viewing sites via a phone or other mobile device, will end April 30. After that time, NYC DOB personnel will identify operational challenges and address new processes for how virtual inspections in the city could work.
The NYC DOB outlined a number of requirements for the remote video inspections, including:
- A strong, reliable internet connection on the entire property.
- A device with a camera that can easily move through the facility, such as a phone or tablet.
- Adequate lighting for good picture quality.
- A separate light source, such as a flashlight, for darker areas.
- An authorized attendee with a tape measure for measuring certain dimensions.
If the NYC DOB inspector observes elements unsuitable for virtual inspection, the department will require a physical inspection. Contractors can submit a request to take part in the pilot by filling out a DOB RVI form.