Buildings news

February 2016

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Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Chandler Announce Increased Penalties for Construction Safety Lapses & Expanded Enforcement Sweeps

"We won't tolerate contractors who cut corners and recklessly increase the risks of construction work. We're quadrupling the penalties for the most frequent safety lapses, sweeping contractors with poor safety records at projects of less than 10 stories - where nearly three quarters of accidents occurred last year - and increasing oversight at these sites," said Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler. "Our investigations routinely reveal that accidents could have been prevented if contractors simply followed existing safety rules. We're determined to change the mindset that safety violations."

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2016 Build Safe │ Live Safe is May 4th

Tickets to attend this year's Build Safe │ Live Safe Conference are available for purchase.  Department experts will discuss industry trends and safe construction practices. Professional credit will be available. Tickets are transferable, not refundable.

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Crane Safety Technical Working Group Announced

In consultation with industry stakeholders the group will evaluate existing regulations, propose best practices and recommend new City policies to improve crane safety.

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Weather Advisories

The Department issues weather alerts to construction professionals and the general public during periods of high winds or inclement weather. To receive weather alerts email

Licensing Updates

Department Approved Course List
Site Safety Coordinator Certification Renewal
Elevator Inspection Agency Director and Inspector
Master Electricians & Special Electricians
Master Plumbers & Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor
Site Safety Professional

Website Updates

Electrical Firm Accounts - New page added

Site Safety Coordinator Certification Renewal - New page added

PW1 Schedule C - Form updated

Plain Language Guide to Violations - Four languages added

1938 Building Code Digitized

All nineteen articles of the 1938 Code are now accessible as digital documents on our website. A search feature has also been added. Users may perform a keyword search and download each article for future use.


Service Updates

Limited Alteration Application (LAA)
Intent to Revoke and Revoke Notifications

Plumbing Enforcement
Lifting Advance Notice Failed Spot Check Conditions

Demolition Submittal Document Requirements
Exemption from Plan Submission

Determination Review Requests
CCD1 and ZRD1 Forms Updated

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

Reinstatement Fees
Expired Plans, Permits & Applications

Certificate of Compliance for Service Equipment

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.

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Rules Proposed by the Department

1 RCNY 102-01 Amendment (public hearing on 3/24/16), adds new violation classifications enabling the Department to ensure public safety and more effectively enforce the laws, rules and Commissioner's orders related to the safe operation of construction equipment.

All Department Rules

Inspection Ready

Service Level Bulletin

Inspection Ready Resources

New Code Notes

Residential Conversions related to Multiple Dwelling Law, Articles 7B & 7C Alteration Type-1.

All Code Notes

Did You Know?

Time Out New York's list of 40 Awesome Things To Do in NYC in March! @EverythingNYC

Current Job Postings

February Press Releases

Bill de Blasio, Mayor

Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner

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