Report Methodology

The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) has examined the new building job application filings submitted to the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) for the third quarter of 2020 and will continue to do so moving forward on a quarterly basis. REBNY’s goal is to provide a useful dissection of industry filings to garner a better understanding of the state of development in NYC.

This report relies on NYC Open Data for job application filing submission information, which, in some instances, includes typos, input errors, or omissions. While REBNY scrubs the data for accuracy and confirms the details of the projects listed, the quality of the report is limited to the truth of the initial inputs. Using that information, this report provides an overview of industry’s intent to build at a point in time.

As of March 2021, the DOB updated its filing system to a new platform. In the transition, publicly available filing data is reported differently than it was historically. While the DOB is working to make the data for the filings post March 2021 conform with previous datasets, the full information is not et available. REBNY used proxy information within the data to estimate the breakout of projected building occupancy, multiple dwellings.