Boiler Compliance

The Boiler Inspection Cycle is January 1 to December 31. Low-Pressure Boiler and High-Pressure Boiler Internal and External Inspections must be performed and filed with the Department during this cycle.

Low-Pressure Boilers

Low-Pressure Boiler Inspections can only be performed by authorized boiler inspectors licensed by the Department of Buildings or an authorized insurance company.

Low-pressure boilers in residential buildings with 6 or more families must be inspected and filed with the Department annually, as well as: H-stamp domestic hot water heaters with over 350,000 BTUs in residential, mixed-use and commercial buildings; low-pressure boilers in any residential buildings classified as a Single Room Occupancy(SRO) dwellings; low-pressure boilers in commercial buildings; and low-pressure boilers in mixed-used buildings.

NOTE: A mixed-use building has both commercial and residential units.

The following do not require an annual inspection: low-pressure boilers in residential buildings with 5 families or less; H-stamp domestic hot water heaters in residential buildings with 5 families or less; individual boilers heating individual residential units (including residential portions of mixed-use buildings); and low-pressure Boilers with an input of 100,000 BTUs or less.

  • A Boiler Inspection Report must be filed online in DOB NOW: Safety within 45 days of performing the inspection.
  • If defects are found during an inspection, defects must be corrected and a subsequent inspection report must be filed online in DOB NOW: Safety within 180 calendar days from the initial inspection date. Reports are not considered complete until the subsequent inspection is filed to affirm correction of defects.
  • Subsequent reports submitted more than 180 calendar days from the initial inspection date will receive a late penalty of $50.00 per boiler for each month the report is late.
  • Reports submitted more than 12 months after the initial date of inspection will be deemed expired and a penalty of $1,000 per boiler will be imposed.
  • An owner or licensee may request an extension of the subsequent inspection filing deadline based on the criteria outlined in 1 RCNY 103-01. The Extension Request can be submitted online in DOB NOW: Safety.
  • An owner may request a waiver of penalties by submitting a request in the Violations portal in DOB NOW: Safety The criteria for waivers are outlined in 1 RCNY 103-01.

High-Pressure Boilers

High pressure boilers must have two inspections: an internal inspection and an external inspection. These inspections must be conducted within the same cycle but should be performed approximately six months apart. Inspections can only be performed by an authorized insurance company.

Owners must hire a qualified boiler inspector employed by an authorized insurance company to perform annual high-pressure boiler inspections. The Department will not be conducting these inspections for the upcoming cycle.

  • A Boiler Inspection Report must be filed online in DOB NOW: Safety for each inspection type.
  • The report must be filed within 45 days of performing each inspection type.
  • Inspectors must notify the Department at least 10 days before performing the internal inspection. Email notification to hpboilers@buildings.nyc.gov.
  • If defects are found during an inspection, defects must be corrected and a subsequent inspection report must be filed online in DOB NOW: Safety within 180 calendar days from the initial inspection date when defects were initially found. Reports are not considered complete until the subsequent inspection report is filed to affirm correction of defects.
  • Subsequent reports submitted more than 180 calendar days from the inspection date(s) when defects were initially found will receive a late penalty of $50.00 per boiler, per inspection type for each month the subsequent report is late.
  • Reports submitted more than 12 months after the day of each initial inspection will be deemed expired and a penalty of $1,000 per boiler, per inspection type will be imposed.
  • An owner or licensee may request an extension of the subsequent inspection filing deadline based on the criteria outlined in 1 RCNY 103-05. The Extension Request can be submitted online in DOB NOW: Safety.
  • An owner may request a waiver of penalties by submitting a request in the Violations portal in DOB NOW: Safety. The criteria for waivers are outlined in 1 RCNY 103-05.

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