More than 80 percent of building plans submitted under the city's controversial "self-certification" program are plagued with zoning violations like those at the site of the deadly crane collapse, a recent crackdown has found.
REPORT BARES CONSTRUCTION-SITE CRISIS
The Department of Building's Professional Certification Review and Audit Team checked 662 plans between Sept. 17 and Jan. 31. Examiners issued objections against 556, or 84 percent. The DOB's Special Enforcement Team, which targets repeat offenders, audited another 207 plans during the same period and issued objections against 171, or 83 percent.
Critics say the findings show architects and engineers are running roughshod over the DOB, and that the department should discontinue the self-certification program.