The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) recently launched the Business Express Service as a one-stop shop to assist with LPC permits.

Commercial stores, restaurants, and offices at the basement, first, and second floors are eligible to use this new program. Most work types are eligible for the Business Express Service including:

For more information see LPC’s Press Release.

The DOB NOW Public Portal has been expanded to include a list of approved zoning diagrams (ZD1s) for applications submitted via DOB NOW. On the DOB NOW Public Portal select the “Zoning Approvals Eligible for Public Challenge” tab.

These applications are eligible for public zoning challenge 45 days after the ZD1 is approved for a New Building or enlargement.

Since we last alerted our readers to the updated Construction Superintendent Requirements found here, DOB has published a Notice to Adopt amendments regarding Site Safety Managers, Site Safety Coordinators and Construction Superintendents.

Read the Notice of Adoption of Rule

Wishing all a great in-person 2022 Build Safe DOB conference next week.

Large residential new developments are now required to submit Waste Management Plans to the Department of Sanitation (DSNY). Such waste management plans must be submitted to DSNY the same time construction plans are submitted to DOB.

Waste management plans are required for:

DSNY has published additional information about waste management plans.

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.

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.