Service Updates 2019


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2019

April

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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