Local Law 196 Safety Training Outreach Campaign
Reminder: The deadline for Local Law 196 safety training requirements for workers and supervisors is December 1st, 2019. DOB is getting the word out with the latest phase of our outreach campaign, featuring direct outreach to workers on construction sites in all five boroughs, multilingual advertisements in 30 community newspapers, and 1,000 subway ads system-wide.
DOB Prohibits Use and Installation of Stand-Off Brackets
The Department has identified the use of a stand-off bracket as a contributing factor in recent suspended scaffolding incidents, and has banned their installation and use in NYC. If a suspended scaffold currently has a stand-off bracket installed, the scaffold should not be used, the bracket must be removed, and the scaffold should be safely reinstalled without the bracket.
Loft Law Project Guidelines
DOB has released project guidelines to help loft residents, owners, and design professionals navigate the process of converting their buildings to residential dwellings under the New York State Loft Law.
DOB Advises Design Professionals of Rules for Pro-Cert Filings
Local Law 108 of 2019 requires DOB to send annual notifications to Registered Design Professionals, advising them of the grounds for exclusion, suspension or other sanctions for false or non-compliant professionally-certified filings.
Upcoming Sustainability Requirements for Roofs
Effective November 15, 2019 Local Law 92 of 2019 and Local Law 94 of 2019 require all new buildings to install either a green roof or a solar PV system on 100% of available roofing area, with some exceptions. The Department will be issuing a Buildings Bulletin and Service Notice soon to assist project teams in understanding these laws.
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 Page # 76 reflects changes made by Local Law 108 of 2019 (effective 09/06/2019), in relation to expanding sanctions for submission of professionally-certified false or noncompliant building permit applications or plans.
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 147 of 2019 (Int. No. 1619) A Local Law to amend the New York City Charter and the Administrative Code of the City of New York in relation to greenhouse gas emissions.
Hearings + Rules
1 RCNY 102-01 Amendment of Buildings Penalty Schedule
1 RCNY 103-10 Amendment of Rules Regarding the Periodic Inspection
of Gas Piping Systems
2019-007: This bulletin clarifies the applicable zoning use group and limitation when establishing facilities for non-accessory fuel cell systems and battery energy storage systems.
Did You Know?
To date, DOB has released nine interactive maps and data reports on topic ranging from our Real-Time Major Construction Map, to the Sidewalk Shed Report. Check out the Data & Reporting section of our website to view our current offerings, and stay tuned for more releases in the coming months!
Melanie E. La Rocca Commissioner