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July 2015

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Department Introduces Code of Conduct for Professionals

The Department of Buildings recently released a first-of-its kind Industry Code of Conduct for construction professionals. "One of our crucial strategies to transform the Department is to enhance transparency, and we are doing that by unequivocally stating the ethical standards and expectations of the thousands of construction industry members and professionals who interact with our employees and build in this City," said Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler.

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Code of Conduct

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Electrical and Plumbing Boards Accepting Membership Applications

Qualified licensees and representatives from the real estate, architectural and engineering communities may apply to serve as board members. The application period ends on September 18, 2015.

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Technical Guides to the 2014 NYC Construction Codes

Code Notes are step-by-step reference guides that simplify the development process by outlining the applicable codes, zoning and approvals necessary to obtain a permit for common construction jobs. Currently there are fifteen Code Notes available on the Buildings' website.

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Revocable Consent (New!)

Blueprint for Fundamental Transformation

Commissioner Chandler's plan of fundamental reform to enhance public safety, reduce wait times and delays, and modernize all aspects of the agency to meet the needs of a 21st century New York City.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Buildings News!!

For the past eleven years, Buildings News has been keeping the construction industry informed of pertinent updates at the Buildings Department and about changes in construction regulations in New York City.


Service Updates

Special Inspection Agency
Hazardous Reporting

Site Safety Plans
Electronic Submission

Hub Full-Service & Small Business Services
Online Review and Approvals for Smaller Alteration Projects

Site Safety Plan/ Facade Alteration
New Filing Option for Professionals

Customer Service Counter Hours
New Hours of Operation

Retaining Walls
Inspection + Reporting Requirements

Hazardous Formwork
Visual Observations

Limited Alteration Application (LAA)
Renewals with same BIS Number

Rigging Supervision
Tower Crane Assembly, Jumping or Disassembly

After-Hours Inspections
First Phase

Additional Exit Stairway (Effective July 1st)
Occupant Evacuation Elevator (OEE) Requirements

Electrical Advisory Board
Submission Process

Buildings Bulletins

2015-018: Establishes acceptance criteria for post-installed anchors in masonry and supersedes OTCR 2012-007.

2015-017: Clarifies code requirements for lot line window openings and supersedes TPPN 10/1987.

2015-016: Establishes acceptance criteria for outdoor decorative gas appliances connected to a fixed fuel piping system.

2015-015: Establishes acceptance criteria for attendant operated automobile parking lifts.

2015-014: Establishes design and acceptance criteria of externally bonded fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) systems for structural repair and upgrade of concrete and masonry elements.

2015-013: Establishes acceptance criteria for fire resistive duct assemblies as approved alternative protection.

2015-012: Establishes acceptance criteria for corrugated polypropylene piping and fittings used for storm sewer pipe as an alternative to code prescribed polyethylene piping and fittings.

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Website Updates

How to Become a Hoisting Machine Operator

Department Approved Course Providers

Unsafe Buildings

Experience is Not Enough

Did You Know?

All apartments with small children are required by law to have window guards!

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Bill de Blasio, Mayor

Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner

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