Following a 2006 audit by New York City's Department of Buildings that revealed 57% of new building plans self-certified by the architect failed to comply with building codes, the DOB has begun a crackdown on the process of self-certification. Introduced as a streamlining measure in 1995, self-certification allowed architects to circumvent inspectors with building plans, but it also led to abuses of building codes and zoning restrictions.

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