Owner Project Requirements: Boiler


The work outlined below can only be performed by a Licensed Oil Burner Installer or a Licensed Master Plumber. 

Work you can do without a permit, Licensed Oil Burner Installer, Licensed Master Plumber or Registered Design Professional

No Boiler work can be performed without either a work permit, or without hiring a Licensed Oil Burner Installer or Licensed Master Plumber.  However, a Registered Design Professional is not always needed for some minor work described below.

Work you can do without a permit

NYC Administrative Code Section 28-105.4 clarifies work exempt from permit, which does not absolve work from compliance with any other law or rules enforced by the Department. Owners are obligated to comply with requirements of other city agencies. Unless otherwise indicated, permits shall not be required for the following:
  • Minor alterations and ordinary repairs, per AC 28-105.4.2, and 1 RCNY 101-14.

No permit, but work requires a Licensed Oil Burner Installer or Licensed Master Plumber AC 28-105.4.4 lists work considered ordinary maintenance and repair, including allowable replacement/relocation of plumbing, gas piping, equipment and components, which must be performed by a Licensed Oil Burner Installer or Licensed Master Plumber.

Emergency Work
NYC AC 28-105.4.1 clarifies Emergency Work as work otherwise requiring a permit, performed to relieve an emergency condition.  Licensed Contractors may perform emergency work prior to getting a permit as long as it is submitted within two (2) business days after work commences and includes a description of the emergency condition and mitigating measures taken, such as:
  • Repair of gas leaks,
  • Repair or replacement of heating or hot water equipment servicing residential occupancies during the heating season or education occupancies between November 1st and May 1st.
  • Replacement of equipment in health facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes, etc.
  • Replacement of equipment in certain public institutions following emergency events.

Minor Alterations and Ordinary Repairs
AC 28-105.4.2 defines minor alterations and ordinary repairs.  A permit shall not be required for minor alterations and ordinary repairs and lists work not considered as such.

Ordinary Plumbing Work
NYC AC 28-105.4.4 lists ordinary maintenance and repair work, including repair, replacement and relocation of installed plumbing, gas and fire protection piping, service equipment, and other system components.  Such work must be performed by a Licensed Master Plumber who is required to submit a monthly report to the Department. 


When you need to hire a professional and obtain a permit

Certain boiler or fuel storage work can only be performed by a Skilled Trades person or Contractor with a specialized license to perform the required work, and permits are issued to registered trade license holders.

Master Plumber
Limited Plumbing Alteration Work as described in AC 28-101.5 can only be performed by a Licensed Master Plumber.  A Registered Design Professional must submit permit documents to the Department if work exceeds this.

Licensed Oil Burner Installer
Limited Oil Burner Boiler Alterations as described in AC 28-101.5 can only be performed by a Licensed Oil Burner Installer.  A Registered Design Professional must submit permit documents to the Department if work exceeds this.

Licensed High Pressure Boiler Operation Engineer License 
A Registered Design Professional must submit permit documents to the Department for work performed by a High Pressure Boiler Operation Engineer Licensee.


When you need to hire a Registered Design Professional and Licensed Master Plumber or Licensed Oil Burner Installer Contractor to obtain a permit

If the boiler project exceeds the work allowed under the two categories of Limited Boiler Work listed above, a Registered Design Professional must submit construction plans for approval by the Department in order to obtain a work permit.


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