Facilities Planning

Welcome to the Facilities Planning website!


Updated COVID 19 FAQs (9-23-2021): The following Q&A are intended to provide clarifications and additional information to the NYSED Health and Safety Guide for the 2021-2022 School Year

COVID FAQs Fall 2021PDF Image Icon

Facilities Planning is seeking to hire the following:

Coordinator, School Facilities Services (M-4) - http://www.nysed.gov/hr/employment/coordinator-school-facilities-services-1627588995

Associate Architect, Grade 27 - http://www.nysed.gov/hr/employment/associate-architect-1631732743

Senior Architect, Grade 24 - http://www.nysed.gov/hr/employment/senior-architect-1629891588

Professional Engineer 1, Grade 24 (two positions open) - http://www.nysed.gov/hr/employment/professional-engineer-1-mechanical-1630415061

Please visit the flyer announcement at the links above.

Federal Stimulus Funding Supported Projects- CRRSA Funding (9-1-2021)

The Office of Facilities Planning is now accepting CRSSA funded capital projects which do not include other Federal Stimulus funding sources and have filed FS-10s / other documents as required by the Office of ESSA-Funded Programs.

These projects will require all the submittal items of a regular project, but the process will be modified as follows:

LOI’s will continue to be emailed to the LOI mailbox. They must be marked “Federal Stimulus Funding” in the subject line.

Once a project number is received, the project submissions (drawings, and specs) are to be submitted electronically via Dataflow, or a paper copy mailed, marked with the district's name, project number, and “Federal Stimulus Funding”. These projects will receive an expedited review.

PDFs of SED paperwork for all final project submissions must be emailed to emscfp@nysed.gov , in addition to the paper copy that must be mailed in.

Please use the subject “SED Project #XX-XX-XX-XX-X-XXX-XXX Federal Stimulus Paperwork” (Please use full 15-digit SED Project Number).  The body of the email message should include all SED project numbers associated with the submission.  All SED project numbers are required so that we can pull the appropriate project folders for the paperwork.

Please see the Federal Stimulus Funding Q&A document in the link below.

Link Q&A. PDF

Post Bid Addenda and Energy Performance Contract Amendments (NEW 8-5-2021)

We have written previously (Newsletter#105 – November 2010) about post-bid addenda and the difficulties they cause our office – these difficulties are magnified by our reduced staffing levels.

As a reminder, in order for a PM to allow for the submission of an addendum, it must meet the following requirements

  • The work in the addendum must be related to the original scope.
  • The addendum scope must be authorized under the project’s proposition/authorization and funding is available.
  • Confirmation will be required that the addendum scope is covered by the SEQRA Resolution, the project’s FP-OPRHP-LOR or SHPO Determination Letter, and the project’s Asbestos Letter.
  • In addition to the addendum, the following will be required to be emailed to the PM: A revised FP-F, FP-SC, SGIS and FP-AP

In an effort to clarify our procedures following project permitting, please note:

  • NYSED will no longer accept project addenda following our receipt of the Certificate of Substantial Completion (CSC) form.
  • NYSED will no longer accept contract amendments or change orders for Energy Performance Contract (EPC) projects which have been approved and received a building permit.

In these cases, a new project must be submitted for review and approval.

Federal Stimulus Fund Supported Projects (06-07-2021)

The Office of Facilities Planning, in collaboration with NYSED’s Chief Financial Officer and the Office of ESSA-Funded Programs, is developing guidance regarding capital construction projects based on the United States Department of Education (USDE) recently issued FAQs for this federal program.  The Use of Funds FAQ (released May 26, 2021) may be of particular interest, since it discusses construction and combination of funds. Links to the federal program website are below:

Districts which intend to do federally funded work using CRRSA and/or ARP-ESSER funds must first file FS-10s and other documents as required by the Office of ESSA-Funded Programs.  If a project would normally require a building permit if supported by state/local funds, it must also have a building permit if supported by federal funds (or a combination of funding streams).    Facilities Planning forms are under development at this time.

We will update the Facilities Planning home page as additional information becomes available.

ACTION REQUIRED: Guidance for expedited review for graduation and prom tents (NEW 6-4-2021)

Knowing full well this June will be unlike any other, please see guidance for submitting graduation and prom tents:

Graduation and Prom Tents Guidance (6-4-21)PDF Image Icon


The Project Manager List has been updated and can be found here: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/facplan/documents/PMbyDistrict_001.htm

Please note that there are currently only two project managers so we appreciate your patience as it may take longer to return emails, voicemails and for project reviews.  We have requested permission to fill the vacant positions so we hope for these delays to be temporary.

ACTION REQUIRED: Changes to Policy on Prescreening and Addressing Incomplete Design Submissions (NEW 5-27-2021)

To devote limited engineering resources to conduct more timely reviews, we are suspending prescreening, which was originally designed to prevent “placeholders” or incomplete submissions from entering our queue.  Incomplete submissions waste our reviewers time and is unfair to those who submit complete bid ready submissions. Going forward, our architects and engineers will conduct a careful review of SED paperwork and the design documents for completeness.

For the time being, we are trusting that Architects and Engineers will continue to submit 100% bid ready construction documents as required.

For your reference, projects where the design documents are grossly incomplete at time of review start, as determined by management, will be posted to our website listing the school district project and the architect/engineer as “Waiting for adequate documentation”.  

ELECTRONIC PROJECT REVIEW – New protocol (NEW 05-27-2021)

With the suspension of prescreening and the latest posting below (see 5-3-2021) requiring mailing paper format AND emailing pdf format of SED paperwork, please do not submit SED paperwork to Laserfiche.  This will avoid duplication and which version is the correct version.  Also, please note the minor change to the subject line wording (from “Prescreening” to “Review”) below per our new protocol:

Please send an email to emscfp@nysed.gov with the subject “SED Project #XX-XX-XX-XX-X-XXX-XXX Ready for Review” (Please use full 15-digit SED Project Number).  The body of the email message should include all SED project numbers associated with the submission.  All SED project numbers are required so that we can pull the appropriate project folders for the paperwork.

ACTION REQUIRED: Requesting Mailed and PDF Copies of All SED Submission Paperwork (NEW 5-3-2021)

To help us serve you faster, the Office of Facilities Planning is requesting PDFs of SED paperwork for all final project submissions to be emailed to emscfp@nysed.gov, in addition to the paper copy that must be mailed in.  Please scan all SED paperwork as double-sided.  For a submission that includes multiple project numbers submitted as a single package, please create a separate PDF for each individual project number that contains the SED paperwork for that project.  Paperwork should be scanned and submitted in the order listed on the SED FP-CL form for each project number.

Please use the subject “SED Project #XX-XX-XX-XX-X-XXX-XXX SED Paperwork” (Please use full 15-digit SED Project Number).  The body of the email message should include all SED project numbers associated with the submission.  All SED project numbers are required so that we can pull the appropriate project folders for the paperwork.

To clarify, this request does not apply to the submission of the design drawings and specifications.  If you have any questions please contact us.


On April 9, 2021, NYS DOH published “Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 School During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency”. The full document can be accessed at the following link:


This update is intended to align with the most recent recommendations from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to prioritize safe in-person learning in schools while adhering to layered mitigation strategies in the document.


ACTION REQUIRED: Law in Effect March 23, 2021

Legislation relative to single-occupancy bathroom facilities became Law December, 2021.

The new Education Law Section 409-m, requires all schools to develop policies and procedures “requiring that all single occupancy bathroom facilities (toilet rooms) are designated as gender neutral for use by no more than one occupant at a time or for family or assisted use”. Simply stated, existing single-user toilet rooms which do not have signs which indicate gender neutral must be provided with new signs with the words “all gender” (preferred) or “gender neutral”. To comply with the new legislation and the Building Code of New York State refer to the following guidance:

Gender neutral toilet signs FAQ 3-24PDF Image Icon



ACTION REQUIRED: Must be completed by December 31, 2020 and submitted by March 1, 2021

2020 Building Condition Survey and 2020 Visual Inspections

The 2020 Building Condition Survey (BCS) and 2020 Visual Inspection (VI) districts deadlines are looming. These surveys and inspections must be completed by 12/31/20 and submitted by 03/01/21.

Although NYSED has requested that the deadline (which is in law) be extended, an extension has not yet been provided.  In the absence of such response, we encourage all districts to prepare to complete their assigned BCSs and VIs timely. Districts assigned to the 2020 BCS grouping may lose the BCS reimbursement if there is no extension and the surveys are not completed according to the statutory timelines.

Please reference the website, Building Condition Survey and Visual Inspection:


    • 2020-2024 Building Condition Survey - Assignment List PDF Image Icon (115KB) (12/10/20)
    • 2020 and 2022 Visual Inspection - Assignment List PDF Image Icon (181 KB) (11/22/19)

Submittal of 2020 Building Condition Survey

  • Each BOCES and public school district that has been assigned to complete a Building Condition Survey for all normally occupied buildings in calendar year 2020, must submit the survey data electronically in the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System (SED Monitoring), which may be accessed at: http://portal.nysed.gov.
  • Designated personnel should log on to the NYSED Business Portal using their existing State Education Department Delegated Administrator Account System (SEDDAS) account and password. Once logged in, click on the link to the “SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System,” then click on “Facilities,” then click “2020 Building Condition Survey.”
  • If you have questions or problems accessing the business portal or the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System, contact the SEDDAS helpdesk at SEDDAS@nysed.gov 
  • Additional information regarding the 2020 Building Condition Survey including BOCES/public school district assignments, instructions and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Office of Facilities Planning website.
  • Questions regarding the submission of the 2020 Building Condition Survey can be directed to the NYSED Office of Facilities Planning at (518) 474-3906 or emscfp@nysed.gov.



On Tuesday, November 17th the attached memo was distributed to school leaders:   Fire Drills Clarifications Memo

On Friday, December 4, 2020, a revised PUBLIC SCHOOL FIRE-SAFETY REPORTING FORM was published.

  • The revised form eliminates reporting of the monthly evacuation fire drills as described in the NYS Fire Code.  This reflects NYSED’s clarifying conversation with the NYS Department of State, which promulgates the fire code.   As a result of this conversation, monthly fire drills are no longer required. 
  • The deployment of the revised form occurred Friday morning.
  • If a district is working in its Facilities Planning Fire-Safety files in the Application Business Portal during the deployment, it will lose the current session and will have to begin that report again. 
  • If a report has been saved, to be continued later, the district will log into the portal to find the saved report and will notice that the second table (requesting monthly emergency evacuation drill info) has been removed and the remaining questions renumbered.

If you have any questions, or encounter any difficulties, our office is available to assist you as always.  Please send an e-mail to firesafety@nysed.gov


Guidance on State Aid for Lead-in-School-Drinking-Water testing Guidance on State Aid for Water Testing  (12-03-2020)

Department of Health Extended Lead Sample Period to June 30, 2021 (Extension of Lead Testing Requirements) PDF Image Icon (10-13-2020)

  • Due to COVID-19, school occupancy in buildings and water usage will likely be in flux. In recognition of these unusual circumstances, the Department of Health is extending the 2020 lead sampling period to June 30, 2021. This extension provides schools additional time to complete proper testing. Extension of aid for lead testing is in statute 6-h NYSEL 3602.
  • Please see this web page for updated information.


  • TO OUR CUSTOMERS: This emergency will significantly impact normal business activities and services provided by the New York State Education Department. Please expect delays in services, wait times, and responses. We appreciate your patience.
  • VISITORS: We are now accepting in-person delivery of submissions at the security entrance desk at Hawk Street; please contact the main office number at 518-474-3906 ahead of time to let us know when you are coming.  When you arrive, please ask security to call our main office number and staff will come down to retrieve the documents.  Please note, access to the interior of all State Education Department buildings will be restricted to visitors until further notice.  Building access will be limited to state employees who have official duties within the buildings.
  • Please visit the NYSED dedicated COVID-19 web page for guidance and resources. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.                                                            


Please find REVISED guidance addressing the use of plastic Sneeze Guards in schools. Please review the revised guidance and work with district consultant of record to provide written evaluation and statement of code compliance for specific proposed products. Plastic Glazing for Sneeze Guards (Revised)



    • Please send an email to emscfp@nysed.gov with the subject “SED Project #XX-XX-XX-XX-X-XXX-XXX Ready for Review” (Please use full 15-digit SED Project Number).  The body of the email message should include all SED project numbers associated with the submission.  All SED project numbers are required so that we can pull the appropriate project folders for the paperwork.
    • No changes.
    • Beginning July 6th, requests for Third-Party Review of paper project submissions may resume.
    • Requests for Third-Party Review of electronic (Laserfiche) project submissions will continue to be accepted.
    • All Third-Party Reviews will continue to be processed as expeditiously as possible.
    • If you have questions, please send an email to thirdpartyreview@nysed.gov.
    • Preliminary Submissions will now be accepted, hard copy only please.
  • CHANGE ORDERS (06-03-20)
    • Change Orders/Contingency Allowance Authorizations will now be accepted in hard copy.
  • FIRE SAFETY (06-03-20)
    • The Office of Facilities Planning will allow PDFs of the Fire Safety Report (FSR) and Certificate of Substantial Completion (CSC) (maximum 8-1/2x11 size) to be submitted for occupancy of new buildings and additions to existing buildings.  Please send PDFs of both forms to firesafety@nysed.gov
    • Certificates of Substantial Completion for reconstruction projects will now be accepted in hard copy or in the electronic (pdf) format.
    • Please send an email to emscfp@nysed.gov with the subject “Certificate of Substantial Completion for SED Project #XX-XX-XX-XX-X-XXX-XXX” (Please use full 15-digit SED Project Number)
    • Attach a fully completed PDF copy of the SED Certification of Substantial Completion Form to the email.


  • The Office of Facilities Planning in conjunction with CiTi BOCES (the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation/Oswego BOCES) is pleased to continue to be able to offer the option of outsourcing of eligible capital project submissions to Third-Party Vendors through 2019.
  • Districts will continue to choose whether their projects will receive review by NYSED staff, or whether they wish to have their projects reviewed for an additional fee by Third-Party Vendors retained by CiTi BOCES.
  • Certain Energy Performance Contract (EPC) projects are now eligible for third-party review; these require a third party certification of the financial information.
  • More information about the third-party project review process and how to request a third-party review for your project submission.

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Our mission is to ensure safe, healthy, comfortable, and acceptable educational facilities which promote effective and efficient learning for all New York students regardless of where they live.

We will accomplish our mission by establishing clear expectations and standards for school facilities. We will work with parents, teachers, administrators, designers, facility directors, contractors and the community to set in motion mechanisms for school improvement statewide.

Last Updated: September 23, 2021