Code Revision

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On December 10, 2019 the New York City Council unanimously voted to adopt the local law, also known as Introduction No. 1481-A, 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.

A local law to bring the New York City Plumbing Code up to date with 2015 edition of the International Plumbing Code was introduced to the New York City Council on March 28, 2019 as Introduction No. 1481-A.

On September 10, 2019, the New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings held a hearing on Introduction No. 1481-A. The Committee heard testimony from the Department of Buildings’ Commissioner Melanie LaRocca, members of the real estate and plumbing industries, labor advocates, environmental advocates, and other interested members of the public in support of Introduction No. 1481-A.

Introduction No. 1481 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.

Notable highlights of Introduction No. 1481-A include:

  • A new requirement that each well of a multiple compartment sink discharge independently to a waste receptor;
  • New provisions related to roof drain flow rate; and
  • New provisions that limit the cutting away of a structural member during the installation or alteration of a plumbing system

For additional information regarding Intro No. 1481, please refer to the New York City Council’s website.

The New York City Construction Codes protect public health, safety, general welfare, and the environment by establishing minimum standards for the design, construction, and occupancy of buildings. To ensure the City’s construction regulations are up-to-date, every three years the City’s Construction Codes must be updated based on the latest version of the International Code Council Codes (I-Codes).

The Construction Code Revision Cycle is primarily intended to: introduce measures to update to the 2015 I-Codes with New York City modifications; adopt innovative new technologies by incorporating the latest national standards; improve construction safety; clarify the existing text; and to correct errors, typos and inconsistencies. All revisions to the Construction Codes must be incorporated into a local law that is approved by the New York City Council and signed into law by the Mayor.

To aid the process, the Department has organized a series of Committees to review the technical and administrative provisions of the Codes. The Committees include:

Technical Committee

Technical Committee members are subject matter experts in their respective committee.

Advisory Committee

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 Committee

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 process, please refer to the 2017 Code Revision Cycle Handbook.

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