University at Albany

Code Administration

Construction Permits

Getting a Permit

Work requires a construction permit if:

  • A contractor will perform work on campus
  • Walls, doors, windows or other building elements are being modified
  • Electrical or mechanical elements are being modified or extended, interior or exterior
  • Accessibility is affected (i.e. ADA/ANSI 117)
  • Building systems (structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing…) are removed or demolished
  • Partitions are being installed or relocated
  • Systems Furniture is being purchased or relocated
  • Stationary equipment in hallways, foyers or building entrances is installed or moved

    Building Permit Checklist

    A checklist for the requirements and events leading to issuance of a construction permit is as follows:
    • Project Planning – Includes SEQRA Determination and Stormwater Management plan if applicable
    • Construction permit Application, completed by Project Manager or architect.
    • Stamped Construction Documents to determine conformance with the New York State Building Code.
    • Did you get Campus Authorization?
    • Proof of Worker's Compensation Insurance (.pdf)

    During Construction
    At various stages of construction conformance to the building code has to be verified to the Code Compliance Coordinator or the Code Compliance Manager. Inspection and verification is specified at the following levels of construction:
    • Abatement / Demolition
    • Buried Structural / Utilities
    • Foundations and Structural Elements
    • Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC Systems
    • Fire Protection and Detection Systems
    • Exit Features
    • Final Acceptance Testing

    Requesting a Permit - Work Orders

    Projects administered and constructed by the Physical Plant or the Office of Telecommunications:
    • The Physical Plant or the Office of Telecommunications receives the Work Order and determines the scope of work required and the need for a permit. Maintenance projects that replace an item with a like item are not required to obtain a construction permit.
    • As the Project Manager the shop coordinator forwards a copy of the work order, with pertinent scope information (including estimates) to the office of Code Administration, requesting a permit.
    • Although preliminary plans and/or drawings are submitted for work order projects, final plans and drawings are not usually necessary unless an architect's seal is required. The staff members of the Physical Plant supervise the work order project, assuring conformance and consistency in the material and methods used.
    • Followup inspections will be performed by an engineer or third party inspector (for electrical and plumbing work) and the Office of Code Administration as specified on the permit.

    Requesting a Permit – General

    A permit can be requested for non-work order construction projects by one, or a combination of the following methods:

    Formal Contracts – The Project Manager requests a permit from the Code Administration Office using the code checklist / permit application form. The application form specifies the level of documentation required for a permit to be issued, but it typically includes construction documents prepared by a registered professional designer and the campus authorizing signatures.

    University Auxiliary Services (UAS) must initiate projects through the Physical Plant work order process and the Physical Plant will coordinate the work including the building permit request. Work to be performed will be under the supervision of a Physical Plant Department or Facilities Acquisitions Project Manager and can proceed in the same manner as other in-house work orders.