Enhanced Oversight of Gas Installations
This summer the Department will launch a new initiative to inspect all gas plumbing jobs prior to allowing service to be turned on. The program will initially be implemented in Manhattan - the borough with the oldest gas infrastructure - and expand Citywide in 2017.
Engineers Banned for Filing False Statements and Rubber Stamping Plans
On April 27, 2016, the Department revoked the filing privileges of Professional Engineers Ashraf Ali and Yaakov Stern. Investigations uncovered false statements on job applications and the failure of both engineers to follow regulations to safeguard the public.
DOB's enhanced disciplinary enforcement initiative has led to a growing list of construction professionals whose licenses are being suspended or revoked and who are no longer allowed to self-certify jobs with the Department. In April alone several licensees were compelled to voluntarily surrender Professional Certifications and Directive 14 privileges or had them suspended.
“These individuals abused their privileges as licensed engineers, and put expediency and profit ahead of worksite safety. Construction professionals should take note that the Department will continue to crack down on those who cut corners and endanger the public” said Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler.
No-Penalty Deck and Retaining Wall Inspections
Beginning May 15th, property owners can request a free inspection of decks, porches or retaining walls by calling 311.
Code Notes is a reference tool to assist industry members and property owners through the permit approval process. Code Notes explain all the requirements and include related reference materials for the construction projects.
Standpipe Systems (New)
Work History for Registration Application - LIC4
April Press Releases
Wind Advisory 04.01.16
Current Job Postings
Enforcement Unit (AEU)
PER11 Pilot Program
from Off-Site Storage
Local Law 84/2009
Immediately Hazardous (Class 1) Civil Penalty Violations
NYC Energy Code Infractions
Limited Alteration Application (LAA)
2016-006: Clarifies and establishes additional requirements for special inspection agencies reporting inspection discrepancies and hazardous conditions.
2016-008: Clarifies where wheelchair platform lifts may be installed in a prior code building.
2016-010: Revises operational procedures for the Professional Certification Program.
Hearings + Rules
1 RCNY 102-01 (effective 04.15.16), classifies certain violations related to the safe operation of construction equipment.
Did You Know
DOB's enhanced disciplinary enforcement initiative is part of Building One City, Commissioner Chandler's plan to fundamentally transform the agency in lockstep with the Mayor's goals of an affordable, sustainable and resilient New York.
Bill de Blasio, Mayor
Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner
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