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Whether it’s a code question, a permit issue or an approval you need, navigating New York’s many city agencies and departments is no easy task. With that in mind, here are a few links you might find useful.

Con Edison provides high pressure steam in most of Manhattan. Chances are the source of heat for your building is Con Edison.

New York City Department of Buildings ensures the safe and lawful use of over 950,000 buildings and properties by enforcing the City’s Building Code and other applicable laws. If you are interested in reading the City’s Plumbing Code, the DOB provides you the opportunity.

New York City Fire Department protects more than 8,000,000 residents from fire in an area of 320 square miles. We coordinate our work with the NYFD to help ensure the suppression of fire in your building.

New York City Fire Department’s Certificate of Fitness testing procedures and information on the verification process (study material included) are available on-line for you to download.

New York City Department of Environmental Protection helps safeguard the health of the City’s environment for the residents. If you have questions about the quality of your drinking water and what your government is doing to protect and conserve it, the NYCDEP has the answers.

New York City Environmental Control Board hears cases in which people, businesses, or buildings are charged with violating New York City’s quality-of-life laws. Violations of the Building, Fire Prevention, and Water codes, among others, return to the ECB. Our in-house expediter works with the ECB on your behalf to correct violations you or your building may have received.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene oversees New York City’s Health Code and helps combat the leading preventable causes of illness and death through its citywide health policy and programs.

New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development uses a variety of preservation, development, and enforcement strategies to improve the availability, affordability, and quality of housing in New York City.

New York City Water Board sets New York City’s water and sewer rates.

New York City Rent Guidelines Board establishes rent adjustments for approximately one million dwelling units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law in New York City.

New York City Government should always be at work for us.


New York City Plumbing codes change approximately every 18 months. Rely on Fred Smith to keep you and your building up to code and out of trouble.

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