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The City of New York has established the NYC Restoration Business Acceleration Team (RBAT) to assist businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy by coordinating the services, permitting and inspections needed to reopen as soon as possible.
RBAT builds upon the expertise of the New Business Acceleration Team (NBAT) which has helped more than 1,000 businesses employing more than 10,000 people open more quickly—in many instances cutting in half the time required to open their doors. To date, RBAT has directly assisted 40 businesses. RBAT client managers serve as a single point-of-contact for impacted businesses, providing necessary information, coordinating scheduling with safety and regulatory agencies, and troubleshooting problems.
Impacted businesses will be assigned a client manager who will help evaluate their situation and guide them through the steps needed to meet requirements to re-open. The client manager will serve as a business owner’s point person with the City, helping to answer questions, coordinate and expedite inspections and other interactions with a variety of City Agencies. Client managers will facilitate interactions with the following agencies:
Impacted businesses can request a site visit where personnel from critical Agencies walk through an establishment and outline measures needed to bring the establishment back into compliance with government rules and regulations. Client managers will refer and coordinate site visits and inspections including:
Severely impacted businesses requiring substantial rebuilding will often need to submit drawings for plan review and permit issuance. Accelerated plan review will be conducted by RBAT-assigned plan examiners for the following: