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On November 7, 2021, a local law to bring the New York City Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Building Code up to date with 2015 editions of the International Code Council’s I-Codes was enacted as Local Law 126 of 2021. The 2022 NYC Construction Codes go into effect on November 7, 2022.

The Department has engaged the services of the International Code Council to assist with research and development of the first draft of the NYC Existing Building Code provisions using the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) as a model code. These drafts are currently being reviewed under the purview of the members of the committees to specifically addresses alterations performed on existing buildings.

The New York City Electrical Code Revision Cycle was launched in Summer 2018. It features six technical committees and a managing committee comprised of technical and subject matter experts and industry stakeholders charged with adopting and modifying the innovative technologies and updated practices found in the latest edition of the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70.

On December 10, 2019 the New York City Council unanimously voted to adopt Local Law 14 of 2020, to bring the New York City Plumbing Code up to date with 2015 edition of the International Plumbing Code. This local law shall take effect on the same date as the effective date of a local law amending the administrative code of the city of New York and the New York City Building, Mechanical and Fuel Gas codes.

Local Law 14 of 2020 will aid in development inspections, strengthen existing protections against cross-contamination in food handling, result in a more performance based approach to roof drain design and continue to ensure public safety while streamlining procedures and providing the public with easier access to information, thereby improving the process by which development occurs and permits are issued.

For additional information regarding Local Law 14 of 2020 , please refer to the New York City Council’s website.

The Department has organized a series of Committees to review the technical and administrative provisions of the Construction Codes. The Committees include:

  • Technical Committees. Technical Committee members are subject matter experts in their respective committee.
  • Advisory Committees. Advisory Committees are formed (on an as needed basis) to consider issues that overlap the jurisdiction of Technical Committees or require a deeper level of analysis. Members consists of representative stakeholder organizations and City agencies providing revision recommendations for the administrative provisions of the Codes.
  • Managing Committees. The Managing Committee is responsible for reviewing and accepting Technical Committee and Advisory Committee proposals regarding the technical and administrative provisions of the Codes. Members include the chairs and co-chairs of the Technical and Advisory Committees, as well as representatives of construction, labor, real estate, government, professional and other stakeholder organizations.

For additional information regarding the Code Revision processes, please refer to the 2017 Code Revision Handbook and the 2018 Electrical Code Revision Handbook.

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