Continuing Education

NYC Department of Buildings, Building Code and Zoning Review, and BSA and City Planning Practice

Charles Rizzo, Bryan Winter, RA, and Stephen Rizzo, Esq., Rizzo Group, LLP

This full-day seminar will cover a variety of challenges faced when completing construction projects in the City of New York. Representatives from the Rizzo Group, a New York City consulting firm which covers the full spectrum of building code, zoning, and land use issues will illustrate strategies to ensure that municipal approvals are granted and projects are not delayed.

This intense session will begin with a review of the New York City Department of Buildings filing procedures, including the filing process for Alt-1 and Alt-2 projects, Certificate of Occupancy procedures, asbestos reports, and the NYC Development Hub. Also discussed will be issues relating to self-certification, controlled inspections, and letters of completion.

The presenters will go on to review certain aspects of the building code including building height, bulk and density guidelines; building classification according to construction ratings & limitations, ADA and handicap issues, and egress and public assembly. In addition, the program will address essential zoning issues including FAR, Bulk, and Use.

Lastly, this program will cover NYC Planning Practice including the Board of Standards & Appeals and variance process; the ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Process), CEQR, Special Permits, and other issues such as Revocable Consents and Bonus Plazas.

Real examples and case studies will be used throughout the program. Audience participation is encouraged, so feel free to bring your project specific questions for discussion.

Charles RizzoAbout the Presenter:
Charles Rizzo

Charles Rizzo studied in the architectural program at Pratt Institute and has worked in several architectural firms prior to founding Charles Rizzo & Associates (Rizzo Group). Mr. Rizzo holds a seat on the Building Management Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and is a past adjunct professor at NYU. He currently conducts seminars for professional organizations, building owners, national banks and other institutions and has authored numerous articles and papers published in a number of trade and technical journals, including Better Buildings Magazine, and BOMA publications. In addition, Mr. Rizzo also participated on the Mayor's Committee for Service Improvement and on the Joint Fire and Building Department Task Force on Local Law 5/73 (High-Rise Building Fire Prevention Law).

Stephen Rizzo, Esq.About the Presenter:
Stephen Rizzo, Esq.

Stephen Rizzo, Esq, is Partner in the Rizzo Group. His professional expertise includes municipal filings, zoning law, BSA variances, tax incentives and owner/developer representation. He has prepared building code & zoning law seminars for the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and BOMA, as well as banks, developers, and owners. On the community level, Mr. Rizzo is active in the New York City Bar Association and on the Advocacy Committee for BOMA New York. He currently serves as the REBNY representative on the Department of Buildings' Task Force: "Amending the Building Code", headed by Commissioner Lancaster, AIA and Deputy Commissioner Fatma Amer.

Bryan Winter, RAAbout the Presenter:
Bryan Winter, RA

Bryan Winter, RA is a Registered Architect in New York and Maryland. He possesses extensive New York City and global real estate, design, labor and government experience. He brings the insight from strategic planning to code interpretation needed to successfully complete construction in NYC and worldwide. As a former NYC Buildings Department Deputy Borough Commissioner in Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan, he is able to provide insight into the reasoning as well as the challenges of the city's regulations. Previously, Mr. Winter served as the Executive Director for the Cement League. He assisted in contract negotiations for the organization with New York City construction managers, owners, contractors and numerous NYC Construction unions.

This program qualifies for 7 CE hours for:
X Professional Engineers
X Licensed Architects-HSW
Land Surveyors
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Registration Fees:

    2014 Fall Regular Sessions:
    Lunch onsite and included*

    Programs are 8:30am to 4:00pm unless noted otherwise

  • $245 per person per program before September 15th.
  • $295 per person per program after September 15th.

    Special Half-Day (4-Hour) Sessions:

  • $155 per person per program before September 15th.
  • $195 per person per program after September 15th.
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