DOB has made some changes this year to periodic elevator and escalator inspections. Periodic inspections must be performed by an Approved Agency on behalf of the owner, as of January 1, 2022. The agency performing the inspection cannot be the same as the maintenance company. The DOB NOW: Safety portal has been updated to incorporate these changes. See the DOB’s Service Notice for a detailed list of the changes.

To help industry, DOB has published inspection checklists for elevators and escalators.

 

Local Law 149 of 2021 became effective June 1, 2022 which limits licensed Construction Superintendents to no more than five non-major buildings at a time. Previously Construction Superintendents could monitor ten jobs. Note that Local Law 149 of 2021 gradually steps down the number of applications a Construction Superintendent may monitor, ultimately resulting in one job per Superintendent by 2026.

If a job meets the definition of major building, the licensed Construction Superintendent may only be responsible for that job. A major building is defined as “an existing or proposed building 10 or more stories or 125 feet or more in height, or an existing or proposed building with a building footprint of 100,000 square feet or more regardless of height, or an existing or proposed building so designated by the commissioner due to unique hazards associated with the construction or demolition of the structure.”

The DOB may authorize a Superintendent to supervise multiple non-major building applications on the same lot or contiguous lots and count it as one job for these limitations.

It is the responsibility of the licensed Construction Superintendent to limit the number of jobs they are designated on. Failure to comply may result in violations, intent to revoke permits, and Stop Work Orders.

The 2022 NYC Construction Codes were enacted by City Council via Local Law 126 of 2021 and will go into effect on November 7, 2022.

The Department of Buildings (DOB) has issued Buildings Bulletin 2022-007 to clarify the thresholds that must be met for work to use the 2014 Construction Codes.

The 2014 Construction Codes apply for applications that include complete construction documents and are submitted before November 7, 2022. For New Building applications, the construction documents must include architectural, structural, and foundation drawings. For enlargement applications, the construction documents must include architectural, structural, and if applicable, foundation drawings.

The 2022 Construction Codes apply for applications that include complete construction documents and are submitted on or after November 7, 2022.

 

For more information regarding specific applications see Buildings Bulletin 2022-007.

In the wake of last week’s announcement for the new City wide Commissioner, the Department of Buildings (DOB) announced new Borough Commissioners today.

Reda Shehata, R.A. is now the Brooklyn and Staten Island Borough Commissioner. Previously Reda served as Brooklyn Deputy Borough Commissioner and most recently Queens Borough Commissioner.

Ira Gluckman, R.A. is the new Queens Borough Commissioner, moving from his position as Staten Island Borough Commissioner. Ira has also previously served as Borough Commissioner in Brooklyn and Queens.

Lis Amoia, R.A. will now serve at the Staten Island Deputy Borough Commissioner, moving from her position as Manhattan Deputy Borough Commissioner.

See our prior newsletter regarding other DOB leadership changes.

The Mayor’s office has announced that Eric Ulrich is the new Commissioner of the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB). The First Deputy Commissioner will be Kazimir Vilenchik, P.E. who was formerly the Brooklyn Borough Commissioner.

Ulrich is served three terms as a NYC councilmember representing District 32 in Queens serving on the Committee on Housing and Buildings, focusing on the acceleration of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.

For more information see the Mayor’s press release.

New requirements became effective April 12, 2022 regarding large areas of soil disturbance and new impervious surfaces.

Any application that disturbs 20,000 square feet or more of soil or creates 5,000 square feet or more of impervious surface is required to submit NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Stormwater Construction and Stormwater Maintenance Permits and provide the Department of Buildings (DOB) with:

Prior DOB to Approval:

Prior to DOB Sign-Off:

Note that this requirement is applicable to all of New York City, not just work in an MS4 Area.

For more information see the DOB Service Notice.

Yesterday DOB announced that Site Safety Plans for general construction (GC) and foundation (FO) applications filed in DOB NOW can be submitted via email to the Construction Safety Compliance (CSC) Plan Examination Unit before the application is approved. This is a temporary process, we will provide updates via our newsletter when more information is available.

Please see the DOB Service Notice for more details.

Periodic boiler inspections, also known as annual boiler inspections, are required each year to ensure low-pressure and high-pressure boilers are operating safely.

The Department of Buildings recently published Buildings Bulletin 2022-006 to clarify inspection requirements and responsibilities for the owner and boiler inspector.

All parts of the boiler equipment, including boiler control and safety devices, must be inspected annually for both low-pressure and high-pressure boilers. A Qualified Boiler Inspector must document the test results and indicate that the boiler equipment is in good operating condition. The owner must file the annual boiler inspection reports with the DOB and comply with any inspection requirements. The owner must also post the testing results in a water and damage resistant covering within each boiler room.

For more information see Buildings Bulletin 2022-006 and the highlights document.

Gas piping system periodic inspection due dates can now be extended for 180-days.

Local Law 138 of 2021 amended Local Law 152 of 2016 allowing building owners to receive a 180-day extension for the submission of gas piping system inspection and submission of the GPS2 certification form. The owner can only request one 180-day extension.

A request for the extension must be submitted through the online portal. For more information on the extension request process see the DOB Service Notice.

As a reminder, the deadline for submitting gas piping inspection reports has been extended by six months to June 20, 2022 for community districts 2, 5, 7, 13, and 18 in all boroughs. See our prior newsletter on the deadline extension.

For more information see our newsletter about the new gas piping inspection requirements.

The 2022 New York City Fire Code will take effect on April 15, 2022 as per Local Law 47 of 2022.

Applications filed before April 15th must comply with the 2014 NYC Fire Code. Applications filed on or after April 15th must comply with the 2022 NYC Fire Code.

The 2022 Fire Code is the product of a three year review process and incorporates provisions from the 2012 and 2015 International Fire Code as well as select provisions from the 2018 International Fire Code.

For more information see the FDNY’s 2022 Fire Code page.