Understanding the Importance of Building Permits

What do you need a building permit for? This is one of the most common questions regarding construction. Building permits are both important and necessary and the failure to obtain one can cause major obstacles down the road.  Building permits are needed whenever a homeowner is altering or expanding their current home, installing a swimming pool, deck, shed or more.  Building permits are more important than you think, and here’s why!

 

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New York State Cracks Down on Drivers Speeding through Construction Zones – A WXXI News Article

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by WXXI (Randy Gorbman) and was published on April 18th, 2024. To view the full article, please click here.

State and local officials gathered in Irondequoit Wednesday to talk about an effort to crack down on drivers who speed through construction zones.

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Top 7 Owner Risks in New York Construction Contracts

Construction is fraught with countless risks, from weather conditions, labor strikes, material unavailability, subsurface conditions, and inaccurate plans and specifications, among others. Each has the potential to delay the project, cause increased completion costs, and increase the likelihood of disputes, liens, and litigation.

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Protections Provided to New York Architects and Contractors under the Economic Loss Rule

THE ECONOMIC LOSS RULE IN NEW YORK CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS:

WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT MAY BENEFIT CONTRACTORS AND ARCHITECTS

The “economic loss rule” is a rule that New York courts use to prevent a plaintiff from recovering against a defendant for a tort (usually negligence), when the essence of the plaintiff’s claim is for failure to live up to the terms of a contract.

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4 Tips to Help You Build a Custom Home

This article was written by guest blogger Suzie Wilson.

When you build a custom home you get to bring your vision to life and create the house of your dreams from the ground up. However, it takes a lot of planning and careful decision-making to build a custom home, and there are several things you’ll need to get started. Finding the right professionals to help you create the house is essential, and from there you’ll need to create a plan in order to stay on task and on budget. Of course, you’ll also need to think about buying land in just the right spot, and that can be quite a job in itself. So, here are four tips to help you get started when you’re ready to build your dream home.

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Press Release: Governor Hochul Announces Completion of South Fork Wind

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Governor Hochul: “The South Fork Wind Project is nothing short of a triumph of New York ambition. It’s a truly momentous occasion for this clean energy announcement, and I’m proud to state that the rest of the nation is watching. And this will serve as a beacon for the rest of the nation, a statement to everyone of what is possible, and this will be emulated time and time again.”

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The Top Ten Questions to Ask your New Contractor

 

Time and time again, homeowners are so excited about a new construction project, they go into the project blindly, forgetting to ask basic questions which can make or break their relationship with a contractor or architect. Before starting any type of construction project, it’s wise to ask these ten most-forgotten questions to ensure your construction project is timely, organized, and protected.

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New York Construction Delays, All Things Being Equal, They’re Not

Everyone knows that time is money, and in particular this is true with New York construction contracts. It is also well known that delays are often part of the construction reality, along with change orders and extras. Delays impact owners, contractors and subcontractors.

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2017 AIA Modifications, Insurance and Bond Exhibits Recap

On June 24th, 2020, Long Island Construction Attorney, John Caravella, Esq, co-presented Strafford’s AIA virtual webinar. Along with Steven Nudelman and Warren F. Jacoby, Mr. Caravella and his other co-presenters discussed the fine details of AIA Contract Documents: 2017 Modifications, Insurance and Bond Exhibit, Owner – Contractor Documents and Owner – Architect Agreements. Within this article, you will have a better understanding of the changes to an AIA Contract Document and what you, as a construction professional should know.

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NY Supreme Court Strikes Contractor Liability Limitation Provision

Many contractors and subcontractors go about their work feeling protected from claims for damages because their agreements contain certain exclusions. Some of these agreements will even have language stating ‘Not responsible for [X, Y, and Z]’. But the ruling handed down February 14, 2012, by the Supreme Court, Nassau County serves as a reminder that contractual indemnity provisions are more of a privilege than a right, and are not subject to enforcement automatically.

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