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January 2016

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Public Comment Period for New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code

Members of the public are invited to submit comments about proposed modifications to the 2014 NYS Energy Conservation Construction Code through February 5, 2016. The expected effective date of the new Code is late June, 2016.

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NY State Coastal Erosion Hazard Area (CEHA) Training

Professional Engineers and Certified Floodplain Mangers may earn Continuing Education credits by attending any of the trainings in the CEHA series.

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International Code Council (ICC) Government Relations Updates

Code Change Cost Impact Substantiation

Voter Validation Deadline for Group B Codes Fast Approaching

Updates to the 2014 NYC Construction Codes

Update Page # 9 reflects changes made by Local Law 78 of 2015 (effective 12/31/15), requiring the installation of automatic fire sprinklers by December 31, 2016 in animal hospitals, kennels, pounds, veterinary clinics and pet shops where animals are sheltered on a 24-hour basis.

Update Page # 10 reflects changes made by Chapter 520 of NYS Laws of 2015 (effective 1/10/16), requiring the Department to determine that scaffolding at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) projects are being used as part of “ongoing construction” before renewing those permits.

Update Pages are printable inserts to keep your hard copy Construction Codes up to date.

All 2014 NYC Construction Codes Updates.


Service Updates

New Enrollment Process

Tenant Protection Plans
New Stand Alone Form

Inspection Ready
Inspection Report Requirements
Building Pavement Plan Signoffs
Cranes and Derricks Certifications
Pre-2014 Elevator Application or Elevator Building Notice
PE/RA Record Access
Crane Owner Update
Owner PW1 Email Updates
PIN Linking Instructions

New Crane Rule
CD1 Form Revised

Solar Photovoltaic Panel Projects
Professional Certification

Scaffold Safety
New E-mail Account

Customer Service Enhancements
Q-Matic System

Standpipe Testing
Hydrostatic Pressure Testing

Online Payments
eChecks & Credit Cards

Reinstatement Fees
Expired Plans, Permits & Applications

Certificate of Compliance for Service Equipment

Debit Cards with Credit Card Logo
New Federal Requirement

Buildings Bulletins

2016-004: Clarifies the definition of historic structure for flood zone purposes.

2016-003: Establishes acceptance criteria for grease duct enclosure assemblies.

2016-002: Rescinds Technical Policy and Procedure Notice (TPPN) 5/99 that is no longer applicable under any code.

2016-001: Establishes acceptance criteria for threaded high-strength steel reinforcing bars as alternative materials in the NYC Construction Codes.

2015-037: Establishes qualification criteria and submittal requirements for approved pipe welder qualification agencies and the welder's employer.

2015-036: Establishes acceptance criteria for Grade 100 high-strength steel reinforcing bars.

All Buildings Bulletins

Rules Promulgated by the Department

1 RCNY 1101-01 (effective 12/30/15), re-establishes acceptable prototype bathrooms and powder rooms in alterations in buildings that were originally occupied on or before March 13, 1991 and TPPN 15/88, TPPN 22/88 & TPPN 1/92 are rescinded.

1 RCNY 103-05 Amendment (effective 12/30/15), removes language referencing high-pressure boiler inspections conducted by the Department as these responsibilities have been transferred to the owner as per 2014 NYC Construction Codes.

1 RCNY 3319-01 (effective 12/31/15), updates crane regulations to best practices and national standards and repeals Reference Standard RS 19-2.

1 RCNY 6-01, 1 RCNY 8-01, 1 RCNY 27-03, 1 RCNY 27-04, 1 RCNY 403-01 & 1 RCNY 4000-06 (effective 1/4/16), have been repealed as they are addressed by the NYC Construction Codes or NYC Electrical Code. Referenced Standards RS 19-1 & RS 19-4 have also been repealed.

All Department Rules

Did You Know?

Mayor de Blasio and Emergency Management Department Commissioner Esposito launched a new public service video announcement to help New Yorkers prepare for winter weather hazards.

Bill de Blasio, Mayor

Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner

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