Do you need an expeditor, or is it a needless expense? 

Do you need an expeditor, or is it a needless expense? 

Is it necessary to have an expeditor if you are renovating? New York’s building codes and regulations can be quite treacherous and end up costing you a lot of money if you don’t know or don’t observe the rules. Example:, there was an apartment building built in 1986 that was 31 stories high, however, the top 12 stories had to be completely dismantled because this building was too high.  

A “filing representative” is the formal title of an expeditor. The expeditor’s job is to move the building through the lengthy approval process as quickly and hassle-free as possible. Major high-rise developments and single-apartment renovations is the range in which expeditors work. There are expediting firms that general contractors tend to work with, while large building companies have their own expeditors on staff. 

Expeditors have an in-depth grasp of the minutiae of Buildings Department regulations. They keep you up-to-date on the correct forms to file, what approvals are required and from whom and what variances are allowed. If you happen to find yourself completely well versed and knowledgeable on all of the department’s regulations, know your way around city government, and happen to have multiple days off so you can stand in lines, then you probably don’t need an expeditor.  

If you do need one, there is a cost—from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, depending upon the size and complexity of your project.  

If you’d like to gain some free knowledge, take advantage of the Homeowner’s Night, which is a three hour session held each Tuesday evening in every borough, where Department if Buildings staff are available to answer your questions and provide information.  


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