Local Law 152 of 2016: Periodic Inspections of Gas Piping Systems

Beginning January 1, 2020, gas piping systems in all buildings, except for one- and two-family homes, and other buildings classified in occupancy group R-3, must be inspected by a Licensed Master Plumber, or a qualified individual working for a Licensed Master Plumber. Gas piping systems must be inspected at least once every four years according to the schedule below.

Date Range for Inspection

Buildings in Community Districts

January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020*

1, 3 and 10 in all boroughs

January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021*

2, 5, 7, 13 and 18 in all boroughs

January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022*

4, 6, 8, 9 and 16 in all boroughs

January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023*

11, 12, 14, 15, 17 in all boroughs

* and no later than December 31 within every fourth calendar year thereafter

Note: The deadline for buildings in Community Districts 1, 3 and 10 in all boroughs has been extended to June 30, 2021! These buildings are not required to submit their Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certifications until June 30, 2021. Please see additional information about this extension.

To determine your building’s Community District, please visit the New York City Department of City Planning’s website and search your building’s address.

Once you determine the Community District your building is in and the applicable inspection deadline using the schedule above, see below for a step-by-step guide to complying with Local Law 152 of 2016 Periodic Inspections of Gas Piping Systems.

Step-by-Step Guide to Complying with Local Law 152 of 2016 Periodic Inspections of Gas Piping Systems

Step 1: Determine if Gas Piping System Inspection Requirement Applies to Your Building

This inspection requirement applies to all buildings, except to one- and two-family homes, and other buildings classified in occupancy group R-3. If the inspection requirement does not apply to your building based on its occupancy group classification, no further action is necessary.

To determine the occupancy group classification for your building, please refer to the Certificate of Occupancy for your building. If no Certificate of Occupancy for your building is available, you may instead refer to the Department of Finance’s Building Classification. If your building is classified under the following classification codes, you do not need to comply with this inspection requirement: A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, B1, B2, B3, B9, M3, M4, or N2.

To find your building’s Certificate of Occupancy or to identify your building’s Department of Finance Building Classification, please visit DOB’s Building Information System and search using your building’s address.

Step 2: Determine Whether Your Building Contains Gas Piping

If your building does not contain gas piping, a Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification, signed and sealed by a Registered Design Professional (a New York State licensed professional engineer or registered architect), stating that such building contains no gas piping must be submitted to DOB. No further action is necessary.

If your building does contain gas piping, the gas piping system must be inspected by a Licensed Master Plumber or a qualified individual working for a Licensed Master Plumber. Please proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: Hire a Licensed Master Plumber to Inspect Your Building’s Gas Piping System

Licensed Master Plumbers are licensed by DOB to perform plumbing work in New York City. DOB encourages anyone hiring a Licensed Master Plumber to check both their current license status and disciplinary and voluntary surrender records.

Before hiring a Licensed Master Plumber:

  • Make sure their license is active by using the License Search tool. You may search a licensee by name, business name, or license number.
  • Review the disciplinary actions taken against a licensee by DOB or voluntary surrender records by using the Know Your Construction Professional tool.

Step 4: Licensed Master Plumber Must Submit a Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Report to Building Owner Within 30 Days of Inspection

Within 30 days of the inspection, the Licensed Master Plumber you hired must provide you with a Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Report showing the results of the inspection.

If an inspection reveals any unsafe or hazardous condition(s), the Licensed Master Plumber must immediately notify you, the utility providing gas service to your building, and DOB. You must take immediate action to correct the unsafe or hazardous condition(s) in compliance with the New York City Construction Codes, including obtaining any required work permits.

Step 5: Building Owner Must Submit Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification to DOB Within 60 Days of Inspection

Within 60 days of the inspection, you must submit a Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification signed and sealed by the Licensed Master Plumber who conducted or supervised the inspection to DOB using this online portal.

  • If the Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification submitted to DOB indicates that conditions requiring correction were identified during the gas piping system inspection, you must submit to DOB, within 120 days of the inspection, a Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification signed and sealed by the Licensed Master Plumber who conducted the inspection, stating that the conditions have been corrected.
  • If the Gas Piping System Inspection Certification submitted to DOB indicated that additional time was needed to correct the condition(s) identified during the gas piping system inspection, you must submit to DOB, within 180 days of the inspection, a Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification signed and sealed by the Licensed Master Plumber who conducted the inspection, stating that the conditions have been corrected.
  • Correction of conditions identified during a gas piping system inspection must be performed in compliance with the New York City Construction Codes, including obtaining any required work permits.

Failure to file a Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification by the applicable due date may result in a civil penalty of $10,000.

If you have any additional questions about this requirement, please contact LL152of16@buildings.nyc.gov.

Local Law 152 of 2016 Updates

Additional Resources

See Local Law 152 of 2016 FAQs, which contains more information about this inspection requirements.