Department of Buildings 2019 Year in Review
2019 was a momentous year for the Department. We welcomed Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca to the Buildings family, rolled out our unprecedented site safety training outreach campaign, and oversaw a historic decline in construction-related accidents. We steadily improved processing times for job applications and inspection requests, even as the building boom shows no signs of slowing.
The Department has also been instrumental in furthering Mayor de Blasio's vision for an equitable and sustainable New York by implemented new, groundbreaking legislation to combat construction-related tenant harassment and address the crisis of climate change by improving the energy efficiency of our city's buildings.
Read more about these milestones in the links below, and stay tuned. Big things are coming in the new year, as we continue our work to ensure the safety of all who live, work, and build in NYC!
New Gas Inspection and Qualification Requirements
Attention plumbers and property owners: Two new mandates regarding gas plumbing work are in effect as of January 1st, 2020. Anyone performing gas work must now possess a Department-issued Master Plumber License or Qualification for Gas Work. And in addition, periodic gas piping systems are now required for all buildings, with the exception of buildings with R-3 occupancy, including single-and two-family homes.
Elevator Door Monitoring System Requirement Now in Effect
Effective January 1, 2020 all automatic passenger and freight elevators must be in compliance with the retroactive requirements to install elevator door monitoring systems. To assist property owners and the industry in expediting these jobs, the Department has allowed inspections of Door Lock Monitoring (DLM) work to be performed by approved elevator agencies in the presence of a witnessing agency.
Notice Regarding The Use of Cold-Formed Steel
Following the tragic worker fatality earlier this year due to a building collapse caused by overloading of cold-formed steel, the Department is reminding contractors that overloading and improper installation of cold-formed steel including joists, rafters, trusses, and structural wall studs, etc., can result in injury and property damage.
Attention Building Owners: Notifying Tenants of Violations
Effective December 5, 2019, building owners must post copies of any violations issued for the property in the lobby of the building where the violation was issued. Owners are also required to distribute copies of violations, along with DOB's Tenant Information Flyer, to the tenants of the occupied dwelling unit, and any adjacent occupied dwelling units, where the violating condition occurred.
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 # 84 reflects changes made by Local Law 110 of 2019 (effective 12/05/2019), amends the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to providing residents with copies of notices of violations.
Update Page # 83 reflects changes made by Local Law 107 of 2019 (effective 12/05/2019), amends the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to identifying unlawful statements in submissions to the Department of Buildings.
Update pages are printable inserts to keep your hard copy Construction Codes up to date.
All update pages for the 2014 NYC Construction Codes.
Hearings + Rules
1 RCNY 105-03 Construction Site Safety Training Rules
(Department-Approved Courses Amendment)
1 RCNY 3321-01 Construction Site Safety Training Rules
2019-011: This bulletin highlights cold-formed steel light-frame construction requirements for special inspectors, construction superintendents, design professionals, and permit holders.
Local Law 219 of 2019 (Int. No. 720-C) A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York and the New York City Building Code, in relation to clarifying the requirements for site safety training providers and persons required to obtain site safety training.
Did You Know?
DOB's YouTube channel has surpassed 1,000 subscribers and 100,000 views! Our channel offers PSAs, DOB NOW tutorials, and more. And stay tuned... we'll be adding more new content in 2020!
Melanie E. La Rocca Commissioner