Service Updates 2019


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2019

June

Follow-up #7: Elevator Compliance Filings
The deadline for paper re-submissions has ended. Effective July 1, 2019 ‘rejected’ Elevator Inspection/Reports (ELV3) and Affirmation of Correction (ELV29) filings for 2018 and prior year reporting cycles will no longer be accepted.


Local Law 49 of 2019: Pilot Program for Alteration of Basement and Cellar Apartments in Certain Areas of Brooklyn CD 5
Beginning July 2, 2019, the Department of Buildings will accept applications for the creation and alteration of basement and cellar apartments in the program area of East New York and Cypress Hills, Brooklyn (Community District 5 with certain exclusions).


Periodic Parking Garage Inspections
New York State recently enacted requirements for the periodic inspection of parking garages. An initial condition assessment is required prior to a certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance being issued for a new structure. Existing buildings must complete an initial condition assessment prior to October 1, 2019, October 1, 2020, or October 1, 2021, depending on the date of original construction. Following the initial condition assessment of a parking garage, such parking garage shall undergo periodic condition assessments every three years.


Local Law 26 of 2004: Owners Must Submit Final Certifications
Local Law 26 of 2004 requires owners of office buildings and those buildings classified in Occupancy Group E 100 feet or more in height in existence on October 22, 2004 to certify that the building is fully protected by an automatic sprinkler system on or before July 1, 2019 using Attachment B: Local Law 26/04 Final Sprinkler Report.


Filing Requirements for Applications Requiring Final Inspection by Registered Design Professional
Applications for most work types are required to have the final inspection performed by a Registered Architect or Professional Engineer (Registered Design Professional or ‘RDP’). For more information, see Buildings Bulletin 2018-008.


Electrical Advisory Board (EAB) Eliminated
In accordance with recent amendments to the Electrical Code rules, new procedures will be effective July 11, 2019 for reviews that were formerly conducted by the Electrical Advisory Board.


New Review Request Process for Civil Penalties (L2) in DOB NOW: Build
Effective July 1, 2019, requests for overrides, reductions, or waivers of civil penalties for Work Without a Permit Violations (L2) for DOB NOW filings created on or after July 1 must be submitted through DOB NOW: Build.


May

Local Law 196 Reminders and Updates
Local Law 196 of 2017 requires workers at job sites that must designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager to receive 30 hours of site safety training by December 1, 2019 and an additional 10 hours of training by September 1, 2020. Supervisors will need 62 hours of training by the December 1, 2019 deadline.


Local Law 97 of 2017: Stormwater Construction Permit
Beginning June 1, 2019, a Stormwater Construction Permit from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) must be obtained for development projects.


Gas Test and Gas Finish Self-Certifications Ending in Queens and the Bronx
Effective July 12, 2019 Gas Test and Gas Finish self-certifications will no longer be allowed for work done in the Bronx and Queens. A physical inspection witnessed by the Department of Buildings will be required. All inspections must be requested using DOB NOW: Inspections.


Change to Plan Exam Appointment Length
Beginning June 14, 2019, the length of appointments for Alteration Type 1 (Alt1) jobs scheduled through DOB Appointments will be reduced from 40 minutes to 20 minutes. The new shortened appointment time is designed to improve the efficiency of the appointment system and increase plan examiner availability. This change will not affect any appointments made prior to the June 14 date.


Mechanical Systems and Structural Filings to Launch in DOB NOW: Build as well as the Plumbing, Sprinkler and Standpipe Filings will be Mandated
Effective July 1, 2019, all new applications for the Mechanical Systems (MS), Structural (ST), Plumbing (PL)/Sprinkler (SP)/Standpipe (SD) work types will be mandatory to submit in DOB NOW: Build at www.nyc.gov/dobnow.


Follow-up #2: HPD CONH Pilot Program Update Prohibition on Professionally Certified Filings New HPD4 Form
Beginning May 30, 2019, the Department will not accept professionally certified filings for Demolition (DM) or Alteration Types 1, 2, and 3 jobs for buildings on the HPD Pilot Program list. These applications must be filed as standard plan examination.


Local Law 195 of 2018: Fire Alarm Systems, Fire Suppression Systems, and Fire Protection Plans to be Submitted to the Fire Department ONLY
Effective June 2, 2019, Fire Alarm (FA), Fire Suppression (FP), and Fire Protection Plan (FPP) work types will no longer be filed with the Department of Buildings. Applicants must file these work types with The Fire Department (FDNY) and pay the filing fees to FDNY.


April

Civil Penalties to Double for Multiple Work Without a Permit Violations
Beginning May 30, 2019, any building that received a work without a permit violation on or after August 28, 2018 (the effective date of Local Law 158), will be subject to doubling of the civil penalties for a second or subsequent work without a permit violation within one year of the most recent violation.


Local Law 158 of 2017: Restriction on Professionally Certified Filings
Beginning May 30, 2019, the Department of Buildings will restrict professionally certified filings on all buildings with a work without a permit civil penalty imposed on or after August 28, 2018 (the effective date of Local Law 158). These buildings will be flagged in the Buildings Information System (BIS) Property Profile as “LL158/17 Pro Cert Restriction.” If there is an “until” date in the flag, applications for plan approval must be filed as standard plan examination.


Instructions to Remedy a Notice of Violation for Failure to File an Elevator Inspection and Test Report are Available
A current inspection and test report is required to remedy violations received for failure to file mandatory Category 1 and Category 5 periodic elevator inspection and test reports.


Local Law 196 Reminders and Updates
Local Law 196 of 2017 requires workers at job sites requiring a Site Safety Plan (which includes sites that must designate a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Coordinator or Site Safety Manager) to receive 30 hours of site safety training by June 1, 2019 and an additional 10 hours of training by September 1, 2020. Supervisors will need 62 hours of training by the June 1, 2019 deadline. Workers seeking a Limited Site Safety Training Card may defer their 8-Hour Chapter 33 (Site Safety Manager Renewal) training until after June 1, 2019 and take 4-Hours of General Electives and 4-Hours of Specialized Electives instead. Please read details below. In addition, the Department is hosting Local Law 196 of 2017 information sessions. Register for a session.


March

Office Closure Notice: Administrative Enforcement Unit
On Friday, April 19, 2019, the Administrative Enforcement Unit (AEU) will be closed to the public for staff training. AEU will reopen 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 22, 2019. If you have questions, please call AEU Customer Service at (212) 393-2405.


REQUIREMENT: Property Owners and Other Responsible Parties Must Report Construction Site Incidents
To comply with Local Law 78 of 2017, the property owner, contractor, subcontractor, or person otherwise in control of a construction site must use the Injury/Fatality Incident Information Form to report details of the incident within three (3) business days to the Department of Buildings. Failure to comply with this mandate may result in a $2,500 civil penalty in accordance with § 28-202.1 and §28-103.21.1 of the Administrative Code.


AEU3321 Form Updated
Effective April 1, 2019, the Administrative Enforcement Unit (AEU) will no longer accept the AEU3321 form dated ‘11/18.’ Only the new form with the ‘3/19’ revision date will be accepted.


February

Electronic Registration Renewal: Class 2 Code and Zoning Representative
Beginning March 04, 2019 Class 2 Code and Zoning Representatives will be able to renew their registrations electronically.


Cranes & Derricks Forms Updated
Effective March 1, 2019 applicants filing new crane notifications (CN) must use the revised CD8, CD8-TR, and CD8-AD forms when documenting the inspections and tests performed for a Certificate of On-Site Inspection and submitting to the Cranes and Derricks Unit, pursuant to rule amendments contained in 1 RCNY 3319-01. CN filings prior to March 1, 2019 are permitted to use the current versions of the CD8 and CD6 forms, and will not be required to file the revised forms.


Updated L2 Form: Updated Form to Include Additional Waiver Request Information
Beginning March 25, 2019, the L2 Form with the revised date of 06/18 in the lower right corner will no longer be accepted. Applicants or property owners must submit the updated L2: Work Without a Permit, Requesting an Override, Reduction or Waiver of Civil Penalties form with the revised date of 02/19 when requesting an override, reduction or waiver of civil penalties for work without a permit.


Local Law 28 of 2019: Penalties and Violations for Certain Accessory Signs
As of February 9, 2019, the Department will not impose civil penalties for work without a permit violations for business storefront signs that neither exceed 150 square feet in area nor exceed 1,200 pounds in weight.


January

NYC Loft Board Relocates
On Thursday, February 7, 2019, the Loft Board is relocating from the 4th Floor of 280 Broadway to the 5th Floor.


2018 Benchmarking Compliance Deadline Extended
The 2018 Benchmarking compliance deadline for the 2017 calendar year has been extended. The 2017 calendar year data is now due no later than February 15, 2019.


REQUIREMENT: Use Construction Safety Compliance Forms
Effective February 11, 2019, all BEST Squad forms have been replaced with new Construction Safety Compliance (CSC) forms. In addition, applicants are required to use the CSC Appointment Request Form for: pre-demolition inspection, demolition sign-off, Site Safety Manager/Coordinator Program removal, sidewalk shed removal, and suspended scaffold pre-use inspection.


Follow-up #1: HPD Pilot Program Update
Per Local Law 1 of 2018, applicants submitting for plan approval, Post Approval Amendments (PAA), work permits for demolition (DM) or Alteration Types 1, 2, and 3 (Alt1, Alt2, Alt3) for an address flagged as a HPD Pilot Program building will be required to submit certain documentation to the Department to obtain plan approval or a work permit for covered categories of work.


Event Recorder Required for Cranes
Effective January 1, 2019, no crane shall be issued or have renewed a certificate of operation unless the crane is equipped with an event recorder, pursuant to Local Law 79 of 2017. The event recorder must be installed to collect: the crane configuration, overload conditions, the status of limit switches, and operator overrides.


Plumbing, Fire Suppression & Electrical License Boards: Accepting Applications for Members
The Department is seeking electrical and plumbing experts to serve on the 2019 Master Plumbers & Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors License Board, the 2019 Master and Special Electrician License Board, and the Plumbing Operations Committees. The application deadline to be considered for participation is February 8, 2019.


Crane Age Limitation
Effective January 1, 2019, only cranes having an age of less than 25 years from the manufacture date may be used in New York City, pursuant to Local Law 3 of 2018.


New Construction Safety Units
The BEST Squad, Excavation/Interior Demolition and Scaffold Safety Units have been reorganized and two new units were created, the Construction Safety Enforcement Unit (CSE) and Construction Safety Compliance Unit (CSC). Both Units work to significantly increase safety compliance monitoring at construction sites throughout the City including the requirements of Local Law 196 of 2017.


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