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Using Artificial Intelligence in solving building codes violations.

Who can help me solving my problems in the building department if I have building code violation in NYC?

Resolving Building Code Violations in NYC: A Guide for Homeowners

As a homeowner in New York City, navigating building code violations can be a daunting task. Whether you’ve stumbled upon the “Unravel Codes” website or simply find yourself bewildered by the intricacies of city regulations, fear not! In this article, we’ll explore how artificial intelligence (AI) can assist you in resolving these issues and ensuring compliance with local laws.

Understanding the Landscape

Before delving into AI solutions, let’s understand the landscape of building code violations in NYC. These violations occur when properties or construction fail to comply with NYC Construction Codes, Zoning Resolution, and other applicable laws and rules. As a homeowner, you may encounter violations related to structural integrity, fire safety, or even minor infractions.

Where to Begin

  1. Department of Buildings (DOB) Violations:
  2. Reporting Violations:
  3. Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Requests:
    • Sometimes, you need detailed information about specific violations. Maybe you’re curious about the history of a violation or want to understand its context. Request copies from the issuing unit. Each copy costs $8.00, and additional duplicates are $5.00. Alternatively, file a FOIL request through NYC OpenRecords.
  4. Contacting the Issuing Unit:

AI to the Rescue

Now, let’s talk about AI. Imagine an intelligent assistant that can analyze violations, recommend solutions, and guide you through the process. While “Unravel Codes” might not exist (at least not yet!), AI-powered tools can simplify your journey:

  1. Automated Violation Analysis:
    • AI algorithms can scan violation descriptions, compare them to relevant codes, and suggest corrective actions. Whether it’s a missing smoke detector or faulty wiring, AI can pinpoint the issue and propose solutions.
  2. Smart Chatbots:
    • Imagine chatting with a friendly bot that answers your questions about violations, deadlines, and required documents. These chatbots can provide real-time assistance, reducing frustration and confusion.
  3. Predictive Compliance:
    • AI can predict potential violations based on historical data. It’s like having a crystal ball that warns you before trouble brews. “Your facade needs maintenance in six months!” – AI whispers.

The Dreaded PW1 Form

Ah, the infamous PW1 form! It’s the Plan/Work Approval Application. This five-page monster gathers information for initial filings, amendments, and alterations. A whole industry grew to deal with the complexity PW1 form. “Expeditors” or “Filing representatives” specialize in making sure your form is filled out correctly and ends up in the right person’s hands. DOB on the other hand attempted to make it easier by creating specialized software to help out the public 1st PC-filing, 2nd E-filing, and now DOBNOWBUILD.

PW1 form

Fear not; AI can help you decode it:

    • Automated Form Filling:
      • AI tools can extract relevant details from your documents and populate the PW1 form. No more wrestling with checkboxes and tiny fields!
    • Guided Explanations:
        • Imagine an AI tutor explaining each section of the form. “This is where you describe your project. Be concise but thorough.” It’s like having a patient teacher by your side.

      initial filings, amendments, reinstatements, reassignments, supersedes and withdrawals


As a non-understanding homeowner, embrace AI as your ally. It won’t replace human expertise, but it’ll make the journey smoother. So, next time you encounter a violation, remember: AI isn’t unraveling codes, but it’s certainly helping you untangle them!


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