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New Energy Code Violations & Stop Work Orders

New Energy Code Violations & Stop Work Orders

This month the Department of Buildings will issue violations and Stop Work Orders for energy code infractions.

Owners are required to construct and maintain their properties in a safe manner including compliance with the NYC Energy Conservation Code.

Energy Code violations carry a fine and are Class 2 (major) violations, unless dismissed by the ECB. In order to have ECB penalties mitigated the owner may admit guilt and must cure the violation. The following steps must be taken to cure a violation and avoid additional penalties;

1. Correct all violating conditions and submit proof of correction
2. Submit a Certificate of Correction (Form AEU2)
3. Submit a Statement in Support of Certificate of Correction (Form AEU20)

Along with DOB violations for Energy Code infractions, starting in March 2016 the DOB may issue Stop Work Orders (SWO) for serious Energy Code violations. When any SWO is issued a red banner appears on the DOB Property Profile online. When the SWO is lifted this banner is removed and the violation status is changed to ‘resolved.’ All violating conditions must be corrected in order for a SWO to be rescinded.

Resolving many energy code violations may require that work is filed with the DOB and a permit obtained.

To learn more about these new Energy Code violations and Stop Work Orders see the DOB Service Notice.