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August 2015

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Cooling Tower Registration - Mandatory for Building Owners

Local Law 77 of 2015 was enacted to track and manage the maintenance of cooling towers, fluid coolers and evaporative condensers in New York City. Building owners are responsible for registering existing equipment by September 17th to avoid violations or penalties.

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Penalty-Free Retaining Wall Inspection Program

Homeowners have the opportunity to have their retaining walls inspected by the Department allowing a grace period to correct violating conditions.

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Annual No-Penalty Deck and Porch Inspection

Through September 4th, property owners can request a free inspection of their decks and porches to ensure they are structurally sound and in compliance with City regulations.

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Website Updates

Cooling Tower Registration

Unsafe Buildings Guide


Licensing Updates

Rigger Experience Verification Form

Site Safety Coordinator Certificate

Class 1 Filing Representative Renewal

Department Approved Course Providers

How to Become an Electrician

How to Become a Site Safety Manager

How to Become an Oil Burner Installer

How to Become a Master Plumber

How to Become a Tower Climber Crane Rigger

How to Become a HMO Class A B C

How to Become a Special Rigger

Previous Month's

Blueprint for Fundamental Transformation
Technical Guides to the 2014 NYC Construction Codes

Electrical and Plumbing Boards Accepting Membership Applications

Department Introduces Code of Conduct for Professionals

Know Your Construction Professional Directory


Service Updates

Enlargement Applications
Calculations under the 2014 NYC Codes

UPK Projects
Inspection Request Process

Articulating Boom Crane
Permitting & Licensing Requirements

Elevator Permit Application + Category 3 & 5 Inspection Requests
Electronic Submission

Build it Back
Application & Permit Fees Waived

Alternative Safety Systems
Cocoon & Climbing Concrete Form Work CCD1 Not Required

After-Hours Inspection
Phase Two

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

Hazardous Formwork
Visual Observations

Limited Alteration Application (LAA)
Renewals with same BIS Number

Buildings Bulletins

2015-022: Establishes acceptance criteria for the use of chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) water recycling distribution piping systems as an alternative material in the NYC Construction Codes.

2015-021: Establishes acceptance criteria for above-ground nonmetallic fuel-oil storage tanks as alternative equipment in the NYC Construction Codes.

2015-020: Establishes acceptance criteria for the use of polypropylene ("PP") piping systems and water recycling distribution piping systems as alternative materials in the NYC Construction Codes.

2015-019: Rescinds a number of memos and letters related to Local Law 58/87.

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

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