Deadline Extended for Local Law 196 Site Safety Training Requirements
On May 8th, the New York City Council passed legislation extending the deadline for the second phase of Local Law 196, which requires 30 hours of site-safety training for workers and 62 hours of site-safety training for supervisors, to December 1, 2019.
Workers and supervisors are encouraged to obtain training in a timely manner. Information on Local Law 196 safety training requirements can be found on the Safety page of DOB's website, and details of the deadline extension can be found in the associated Service Notice.
DOB Visits Construction Sites to Launch New Safety Campaign For Construction Safety Week
Throughout Construction Safety Week, May 6th-10th, DOB staff fanned out across the city to raise awareness about construction safety regulations and Local Law 196. As part of this effort, a safety-themed food truck visited construction sites in all five boroughs to provide breakfast and lunch, with a side order of safety training information to workers.
DOB unveiled a new public awareness campaign with the slogan, "Safety. The only job more important than the job," which highlights the theme that regardless of whatever your individual job is on a construction site - safety is everyone's job. The campaign, which features television and radio PSAs, as well as subway ads, targets construction professionals with the goal of fostering a shared culture of safety on the work site.
Build Safe | Live Safe Conference 2019
DOB concluded Construction Safety Week with our 2019 Build Safe | Live Safe Conference on Friday, May 10th. The daylong event was attended by more than 300 members of the design and construction trades, and featured a series of seminars presented by Department experts on a variety of topics highlighting industry trends and safe construction operations. The annual conference is a critical link between the Department and members of NYC's real estate and construction industries, with a focus on improving safety in the building and construction trades.
The full presentations will be made available on DOB's website in the coming weeks.
DOB Performs Outreach to Students with STEM and Career Education Events at NYC Schools
Throughout the month of May, DOB architects, engineers, and inspectors visited a total of 12 high schools and elementary schools across the five boroughs to participate in career days and Builder's Challenge events, and give presentations for our annual Junior Architects and Engineers program. These visits are designed to foster interest in the building trades and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields among New York City public school students, with tailored presentations and activities for students of all ages.
More Work Types Coming to DOB NOW on July 1st
Mark your calendars! Starting July 1, 2019 all new filings for Mechanical, Plumbing, Sprinkler, Standpipe, and Structural fillings will need to be submitted in DOB NOW: Build. You can find additional information about the new launches and mandated filings in the recent Service Notice.
DOB will be offering free training sessions on DOB NOW: Build, both in person and online, throughout June and July. Visit the DOB NOW Training page for the full schedule of upcoming trainings and to register for a session.
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 98 of 2019 (Int. No. 1317-A) A Local Law in to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, and the New York City building code, in relation to large wind turbines.
Local Law 97 of 2019 (Int. No. 1253-C) A Local Law in to amend the New York City Charter and the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to the commitment to achieve certain reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Local Law 95 of 2019 (Int. No. 1251-A) A Local Law in to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to a building energy efficiency grade.
Local Law 94 of 2019 (Int. No. 1032-A) A Local Law in to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York and the New York City building code, in relation to requiring that the roofs of certain buildings be covered in green roofs or solar photovoltaic electricity generating systems.
Local Law 93 of 2019 (Int. No. 1031-A) A Local Law in to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to posting information regarding green roofs on the website of the department of buildings.
Local Law 92 of 2019 (Int. No. 276-A) A Local Law in to amend the New York City building code, in relation to requiring that the roofs of certain buildings be partially covered in green roof or solar photovoltaic electricity generating systems.
Local Law 76 of 2019 (Int. No. 1149-B) A Local Law in to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to documentation, submission and public availability of cooling tower inspections and certifications.
Local Law 62 of 2019 (Int. No. 862) A Local Law in to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to allowing the Department of Buildings to issue stop work orders along with notices to revoke work permits.
Local Law 59 of 2019 (Int. No. 353-B) A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to the provision of e-mail notifications for construction project status updates.
Hearings + Rules
Did You Know?
DOB electrical permits have been added to Open Data! Nearly 100,000 electrical permits have been submitted through DOB NOW: Build since its launch 18 months ago. And now this information is available on the Open Data portal. In one dataset you can see every electrical permit application submitted and in a second dataset you can dive into the details from outlet numbers to lamp wattages. The electrical landscape of our city is vast, and now we're making it more transparent. Visit the Open Data portal to check it out, and Contact Us if you have any questions.
Thomas Fariello, R.A. Acting Commissioner