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Do i need specific permits to turn my basment into a family room?

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Do i need specific permits to turn my basment into a family room?

Postby flannagain » Thu May 17, 2012 1:10 am

I live in NYC, where can I get information regarding the laws of what my basement requirements are. I have lots of space in my basement used for storage but my flat is small and would like to use the basement as a family room/entertainment room, aside from the living room in my flat which really is small. What can and can't be in a basement, because I'm playing with the idea of a secondary kitchen too but not sure because of the laws (Hindus require 2 kitchens with separate cooking wares and utensils for religious purposes).
I just want to know where I can find out this information.
Thank you.
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Do i need specific permits to turn my basment into a family room?

Postby oakley » Thu May 17, 2012 1:16 am

You need permits for any electircal and plumbing work.
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Do i need specific permits to turn my basment into a family room?

Postby hrafn » Thu May 17, 2012 1:25 am

You would need to check with the New York City Plans and Permit department as to what would be required and if a permit would be required.

If you plan to establish a kitchen by moving gas or electrical lines then, normally you would need a permit. You would need a licensed plumber or electrician that is approved by the city of New York to perform electrical or plumbing as well as obtain the permits prior to starting the work. The Permit and Planning department would inspect the property before, during and after the work is done. Once the work is completed you would be issued a final clearance or an occupancy certificate whichever is issued in New York.

It appears as if you are establishing a new kitchen therefore you would want to check with the Permit and Planning Department to be on the safe side.

You might be better served to contact a local plumber or electrician, in most cases they are able to tell you if you would need a permit for what you would be attempting. They would also obtain the permits on your behalf.

If all you plan to do is establish a playroom or a den like room you might not need any type permit, for simple electrical or plumbing then you might not need a permit or even speak with the Planning and Permit Department.

I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck.

"FIGHT ON"
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