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May 2016

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2016 Build Safe│Live Safe Conference

At the Department's sixth annual Build Safe│Live Safe Conference, Commissioner Chandler addressed over three hundred construction professionals and government regulators at the daylong series of safety seminars led by Department experts.

Representatives from various units were on hand to provide information on recently implemented reforms and initiatives to reduce accidents on job sites. The presentations will be posted to our website.

Safety Week Site Visits

During Construction Safety Week, (May 2-8), Buildings staff visited construction sites to promote safety. The team distributed thousands of educational flyers at hundreds of construction sites across the City. The informational blitz is part of our annual, multi-lingual Experience is Not Enough campaign.

"Our highest priority is to promote safe worksites and protect the public, a responsibility we take very seriously," said Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler. "No building is worth a life, and that is a belief that that every person in the development industry should keep in mind whenever they step onto a construction site."

Hosted by the American Institute of Architects New York and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, FitCity is an annual conference that convenes stakeholders across diverse disciplines - encompassing architecture, public health, urban planning, academia, and community development - to champion the role of design in creating healthy neighborhoods.

Licensing Updates

HMO-Class A

How to Become a Construction Superintendent

Concrete Safety Manager-Registration Renewal

Construction Superintendent-Experience Verification Form

Construction Superintendent-Supplemental Investigation Questionnaire

LIC3 application

Website Updates

PC1 form

Weekly Construction Applications

Development Hub-FAQ's

Plain Language Guides-Boilers

Plain Language Guides-Elevators

Plain Language Guides-Facades

Inspection Ready

Service Level Bulletin

Scenarios for Boiler Inspection Work-Type Requests

Inspection Ready-Requesting, Canceling & Viewing Results

Owner PW1 Email Updates

May Press Releases

New Equitable Fee Structure for Homeowners 05.10.16

Wind Advisory 05.06.16

Reforms Highlighted at Safety Conference 05.04.16

Sign up for Weather Alerts

We are hiring Construction, Plumbing, Electrical, Boiler, Elevator, Hoist & Rigging inspectors.

Friday, June 17, 2016
10:00am - 4:00pm
11 Park Place, 2nd Floor

To register, send resume to

Current Job Postings

Plan Examiner, Facades & Local Law

Deputy Director, Cranes & Derricks

Executive Engineer, Crane Operations


See All Job Postings


Service Updates

Construction Superintendent Rule Revision
Expanded Scope of Work and Duties effective 05.30.16

Elevator Application (ELV1)
Updated form effective 06.06.16

No-Penalty Retaining Wall, Deck and Porch Program
May 15th - June 25th

LL 87/09 Energy Audits & Retro-commissioning
Extension requests for buildings undergoing construction

Inspection Ready
Scenarios for Boiler Inspection Work-Type Requests
Owner PW1 Email Updates

Shed and Scaffold Jobs
Proof of General Liability Insurance Required

General Liability Insurance Form (PGL1)
Updated form effective 05.16.16

Administrative Enforcement Unit (AEU)
Changes to Services & Service Level Agreements

Re-Inspections for Immediately Hazardous Violations (Class 1)

Gas Authorizations
Moved to Inspection Ready

Filing Representative
3-Year Registration Term

Q-Matic Enhancements
Central Offices

PER11 Pilot Program
Email Submission

Weekend Inspection Blitz

Buildings Bulletins

2016-011: Clarifies side yard regulations and compliance with structural separations required in BC 1613.7 of the 2014 Building Code.

2016-012: Clarifies how floor surface area is calculated with respect to section AC 28-101.4.5.

All Buildings Bulletins

Local Laws

Civil and Criminal Penalties

Local Law 54 of 2016, Int. No. 448-A (effective 08.08.16), amends the administrative code of the City of New York for building code violations resulting from work done in response to a natural or man-made disaster.

Permit Filing Fees

Local Law 56 of 2016, Int. No. 831-A (effective 06.09.16), amends the administrative code of the City of New York for new buildings and alterations.


Local Law 59 of 2016, Int. No. 1037-A (effective 08.08.16), amends the administrative code of the City of New York for violations received after a disaster.

2014 Construction Code Updates

Update Page # 11 reflects changes made by Local Law 38 of 2015 (effective 05.06.16), the New York City Air Pollution Code.

Update Page # 12 reflects changes made by Local Law 10 of 2016 (effective 05.08.16), requiring the Department of Buildings to notify council members and community boards of applications filed with and rejected.

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

See all 2014 NYC Construction Codes Update Pages.

Did You Know


Tidal wetlands are the areas where the land meets the sea. These areas are periodically flooded by seawater during high or spring tides or, are affected by the cyclic changes in water levels caused by the tidal cycle. Tidal wetlands are classified by the amount of water covering the area at high and low tides and the type of vegetation.

Bill de Blasio, Mayor

Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner

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