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Certificate of Approval


Before you submit your application

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    Effective 5/11/2020, the NYC Fire Department will no longer accept new applications in paper form. For instructions on how to file online, please review the FDNY Business Support Help Page.
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      Required Documents

      NOTE: Each of the following documents must be submitted as an unlocked PDF file. All PDF files must be submitted in a simple PDF format with a digital signature as applicable. If files are submitted as a dynamic PDF document (with layers) or without the required digital signature, they will be returned for corrections, causing a delay in the review process.

      Documents must be submitted as an unlocked PDF file. Documents submitted in formats other than PDF may result in a Letter of Deficiency and may need to be refiled.

      • Testing reports
      • User manual(s)
      • Authorization letter (If applicant is not officer of the manufacturer)
      • Floor Plans (including sprinkler/standpipe riser diagrams, site plot) for site specific application
      • A letter from an officer stating there have not been any changes to the product since the previous approval.
      • A copy of the expired COA.
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        Additional Information: Follow all guidelines and provide all information as required in Chapter 1 of the 2008 Fire Code and Fire Department rule 3 RCNY.
        • Ready to Apply?

          Steps to apply online:

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          Application Fees:
          • New Application Fees: $625
          • Amended Application Fees: $625
          • Change of Ownership Application: $625
          • Change in manufacturing process, chemical composition, or design: $625
          • Renewal Fee: $50
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            Submit the completed application online with all supporting documents.

            Create an account through FDNY Business by selecting the apply button. After creating an account, you can apply for a COA by the following: Select Begin Application; Select Design and Installation; Select Technology Management Application; Select Application Type: Certificate of Approval- New, Renewal, or Amendment based on your application type.

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              You must make payment on FDNY Business to submit your application. To make payments for additional invoiced fees after submission use one of the following methods:

              Online (preferred):
              Online (preferred) Payment can be made online at FDNY Business (credit, debit or e-check accepted)

              US Mail (check must contain FDNY Business Record ID):
              NYC Fire Department (FDNY)
              Bureau of Fire Prevention
              9 MetroTech Center, Attn: Cashier’s Unit (1st Floor)
              Brooklyn, NY 11201

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