Property owners are required to maintain their properties in a safe condition at all times, including construction activities. The NYC Department of Buildings performs random inspections of properties around the city to ensure safety during severe weather. If any construction site, building, or equipment is not adequately secured a violation and/or Stop Work Order may be issued.

Buildings Bulletin 2015-029 clarifies the requirements for preparing construction sites for high-wind weather events. Proper planning and execution of a high-wind preparedness plan is essential to maintaining safety at the construction site. A high-wind preparedness plan should include at minimum:

The NYC Department of Buildings provides courtesy weather advisories.

Beginning January 1, 2024, owners of buildings with parapets fronting the public right-of-way (a public street, avenue, sidewalk, roadway or any other public place or public way), regardless of height, are required to have an annual observation of the building’s parapet performed.

Read more at the NYC Department of Buildings website: https://www.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/parapetobservation-sn.pdf

Many owners recently received notifications from the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) regarding periodic gas piping system inspection reports.

All buildings located in community board districts 11, 12, 14, 15, & 17 are part of sub-cycle D and must submit inspection reports by December 31, 2023. Buildings located in community board districts 4, 6, 8, 9, & 16 are part of sub-cycle C and were required to submit reports in 2022, however if a required report was not submitted, DOB is requiring that reports are submitted by December 31, 2023.

Read more: Gas Piping Inspection – Buildings (nyc.gov)

Special Inspection Agencies (SIA) must be registered for new 2022 Construction Code inspections by November 8, 2023. SIAs which do not have the new certifications will not be able to perform the new inspections. For more information see the DOB’s Service Notice.

DOB will be issuing violations for failure to file category 1 elevator test reports in 2018-2022.

All elevators require annual category 1 testing by an approved elevator inspection agency and witnessed by an approved third-party agency. Elevators require additional inspections depending on the device type: every three years (Category 3) for water hydraulic elevators and every five years (Category 5) for all other devices.

See DOB’s Service Notice for more information on Elevator Cat 1 violations. Contact your Design 2147 for assistance resolving violations.

Building Energy Efficiency Rating Labels for covered buildings must be posted by October 31, 2023. The label includes the building’s benchmarking energy efficiency scope and energy efficiency rating of A through F.

For more information on how to obtain a building’s Energy Efficiency Rating Label, see the DOB’s Service Notice.

The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) recently published the details for the 2023 winter holiday construction embargo. From November 15, 2023, to January 2, 2024, no work requiring a DOT construction permit may occur in embargoed areas unless DOT has granted an emergency work number.

If your site is located in an embargoed area and there is planned roadway or sidewalk work, contact Design2147 for assistance requesting an emergency work number. The deadline for holiday embargo permit applications is October 31, 2023.

If your Bond is not updated, DOT permits cannot be secured, renewed or extended. Contractors must update their Street Obstruction Bonds prior to December 31, 2023.

Stay ahead of the expiration and request your Bond early!

Each year, the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) enforces a winter holiday embargo from mid-November through New Year’s. On affected streets, no work that requires a DOT construction permit may take place unless prior approval is granted by DOT or the construction has an emergency work number.

DOT typically releases the details for the winter holiday construction embargo in October. We will release more information as it becomes available via our newsletter. Please contact us for any concerns regarding your project.

New York City Council recently passed five bills regarding lead paint exposure which expand on current lead-based hazard remediation requirements.

Specifically, any dwelling where a child under six years old lives must complete lead remediation work by July 1, 2027 and/or prior to the unit having new tenants. The City’s lead-based paint hazard inspections will be proactive instead of being based on complaints issued by the public. The legislation’s goal is to protect current and future residents.

To read more see the City Council’s press release.

The New York City Council voted to approve new regulations for permanent outdoor dining. This includes revisions to the pre-pandemic sidewalk dining, known as sidewalk cafes, for 12 months a year in all boroughs. Roadway dining is now allowable from April through November, expanding on the emergency pandemic outdoor restaurants program. Roadway dining structures must be removed during the winter months.

The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) will continue to be responsible for administering the licensing and revocable consents for sidewalk cafes and roadway cafes. The implementation details of the program have not yet been released by DOT. Restaurants with existing outdoor dining will need to apply under the new program.

Read more at the DOB’s website.