Commissioner Chandler Retires
sites and 311 complaints; and regulating the city's real estate and construction industries during the largest building boom in at least 50 years.
Thomas Fariello, RA, the agency's First Deputy Commissioner, will serve as Acting Buildings Commissioner, effective February 1, 2019.
Read more in the Mayorís announcement.
DOB Permit Data Shows NYC Construction Has Leveled Off After Historic Boom
DOB recently released a report on construction in New York City in 2018. The results are included in the agency's NYC Construction Dashboard, a data-rich interactive website with information on construction and real estate development in every neighborhood in the city.
The report shows that construction activity has leveled off following New York's historic real estate and development boom. DOB issued a total of 165,988 construction permits in 2018, down from 168,243 in 2017, the first decline in total permits issued year-over-year since 2009. However, there is still an extraordinarily high level of construction activity in neighborhoods around the city - indeed, 2018ís permit totals are the second-highest on record. See our press release for additional insights.
The 2018 dashboard was built by DOB's data analytics team - a key part of the agency's Building One City modernization plan. The team has created a number of interactive real time reports, including the NYC Active Major Construction Map, NYC Sidewalk Shed Map, and more.
New Construction Safety Units
The BEST Squad, Excavation/Interior Demolition, and Scaffold Safety Units have been reorganized into two new units: the Construction Safety Enforcement Unit and the Construction Safety Compliance Unit. Both units work to significantly increase safety compliance monitoring at construction sites throughout the city, including the requirements of Local Law 196 of 2017.
Construction Safety Compliance Unit
The Construction Safety Compliance (CSC) Unit performs proactive periodic inspections on all active sites, as well as plan examination of site safety plans and full demolition plans, processing site safety-related waiver requests, scaffold safety inspections and interior-and full-demolition inspections.
Construction Safety Enforcement Unit
The Construction Safety Enforcement (CSE) Unit conducts emergency inspections and responds to construction incidents and accidents in addition to inspecting construction-related complaints, violations, and Stop Work Orders, including those issued by the CSC Unit. The unit also performs technical reviews and audits of construction documents to verify code compliance.
As a result of the reorganization, effective February 11, 2019, all BEST Squad forms have been replaced with new Construction Safety Compliance (CSC) forms. In addition, applicants are required to use the CSC Appointment Request Form for pre-demolition inspection, demolition sign-off, Site Safety Manager and Site Safety Coordinator Program removal, sidewalk shed removal, and suspended scaffold pre-use inspection. Information on the new forms can be found in our Industry Notice. New and replacement forms can be accessed here.
Reminder: New Crane Safety Regulations in Effect
As of January 1, 2019, two new important crane-safety regulations are now in effect:
Crane Age Limitation
Event Recorder Required for Cranes
See the service notices linked above for more information on the new requirements.
Notification of Unsafe Buildings
Building owners and registered design professionals must alert the Department to unsafe conditions related to buildings or structures, such as structural instability, open roofs, partial collapses, or abandoned properties, by submitting the Structurally Compromised Building Program Notification of Unsafe Conditions form. Once the form is submitted, per Article 217 of the 2014 Building Code, a TR15 and accompanying inspection report are required to be submitted to the Department. The TR15 can be found on the forms page of DOB's website.
For any hazardous conditions please first call 311 or 911.
Volunteer to Serve on a DOB Licensing Board
The Department is currently seeking electrical and plumbing experts to serve on the 2019 Master Plumbers & Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors License Board, the 2019 Master and Special Electrician License Board, and the Plumbing Operations Committees. The application deadline is February 8, 2019.
See the Service Notice for more information on requirements and links to the applications.
Major Disciplinary Cases
DOB publishes monthly bulletins detailing the agency's efforts to sanction and deter bad actors in the construction industry. You can find this information posted on the Enforcement Action Bulletin page of our website.
2014 Construction Code Updates
Update pages are printable inserts to keep your hard copy Construction Codes up to date.
All update pages for the 2014 NYC Construction Codes.
Local Law 195 of 2018 (Int. No. 836-A) A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, the New York City Building Code, the New York City Mechanical Code and the New York City Fire Code, in relation to approval processes for alternative automatic fire extinguishing systems, fire alarm systems, emergency alarm systems, fire department in-building auxiliary radio communication systems and fire protection plans.
Local Law 191 of 2018 (Int. No. 644-A) A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York and the New York City Building Code, in relation to requiring carbon monoxide detectors in commercial spaces.
Local Law 190 of 2018 (Int. No. 465-A) A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation conducting education and outreach regarding single-occupant toilet room requirements.
Hearings + Rules
1 RCNY 102-04 Increased Penalties for Unpermitted Work (Civil Penalties for Work Without a Permit and for
Violation of Stop Work Orders Amendment)
1 RNCY 104-12 Qualifications for Performing Gas Work
2019-001: Establishes the design requirements of refuse and recyclable storage rooms and provides an acceptable alternative design option.
2019-002: Establishes filing and submittal requirements, and outlines the approval process for lithium-ion, flow batteries, lead acid, and valve regulated lead-acid battery energy storage systems listed to UL 9540.
Did You Know?
The NYC Department of City Planning is partnering with Advocates for Privately Owned Public Spaces and the Municipal Arts Society of New York for an international design competition for a new logo to be displayed on NYC's 500+ plazas, arcades, and other Privately Owned Public Spaces. Check out their press release for more information.
Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner