Updates & Industry Notices

Updates

Demolition Submittal Document Requirements: Exemption from Plan Submission

The Department will no longer accept plan submissions for sites that are exempt from plan submission under the current Code. The exemptions are for plan submissions and not exemptions from the need to file a demolition application (DM).

Determination Review Requests: CCD1 and ZRD1 Forms Updated

CCD1 and ZRD1 forms have been updated to improve our review process. The updated forms require submittal of additional information so Determination Requests can be completed more quickly.

Alternative Safety Systems: Cocoon & Climbing Concrete Form Work

Construction Code Determination Forms (CCD1s) will no longer be required for use of typical cocoons and climbing concrete form work, provided the following conditions are met. This notice applies to alternate netting (cocoon) or climbing form work systems used in lieu of typical vertical and horizontal netting systems required by the Code, hereafter referred to as alternative systems.

Industry Notices

Request for Corner/Angle Scaffold Inspection

Beginning January 18, 2021, requests for an inspection of Corner/Angle Scaffolds must be submitted using a Corner/Angle Scaffold Inspection Request Form. Prior to requesting a Corner/Angle Scaffold inspection, please be sure you are prepared by satisfying the inspection requirements.

REMINDER: Property Owners and Other Responsible Parties are Required to Report Construction Site Incidents

To comply with Local Law 78 of 2017, property owners, contractors, subcontractors, or person(s) otherwise in control of a construction site must report details of an incident to the Department of Buildings within three (3) business days using the Injury/Fatality Incident Information Form. 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.

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.

Construction Safety Enforcement and Compliance Units

Effective August 31, 2018, the BEST Squad, Excavation/Interior Demolition and Scaffold Safety Units have been reorganized and two new units were created, the Construction Safety Compliance Unit (CSC) and the Construction Safety Enforcement Unit (CSE). The Units will work to significantly increase safety compliance monitoring at construction sites throughout the City including LL196 of 2017. Both CSE and CSC are located at 2 Lafayette Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10007.

REMINDER: Site-Specific Safety Orientations and Refreshers

Effective May 16, 2018, permit holders at sites requiring the designation of a Site Safety Manager, Site Safety Coordinator, or Construction Superintendent must ensure that each construction or demolition worker at the site receives a site safety orientation and refresher.

REMINDER: Pre-Shift Safety Meetings

Effective May 16, 2018, permit holders at sites that require the designation of a Site Safety Manager, Site Safety Coordinator, or Construction Superintendent must ensure each construction or demolition worker at the site takes part in a safety meeting at the beginning of the worker’s shift, before the worker begins any construction or demolition work in the shift.

NEW REQUIREMENT: Site Safety Plans Mandatory on All Work Scopes Requiring a Registered Construction Superintendent

Effective November 6, 2017, all jobs requiring a Registered Construction Superintendent (CS) will also require a Site Safety Plan (SSP), as per Local Law 81 of 2017. Currently, only Major Buildings require a Site Safety Plan.

Site Safety Plan (SSP): Minor Revisions

Beginning July 1, 2017, minor revisions to the approved Site Safety Plan (SSP) need not be submitted to BEST Plan Exam Unit for review and approval. Instead, the contractor (permit holder) may revise the approved SSP, highlight the revisions, and sign the plan next to each revision.

Minimum Content of Site Safety Plan Submissions

Plan formatting and naming shall be in accordance with B-Scan Requirements document published October 2010. Plan must be in accordance with Article 104 (Construction Documents) and Article 110 (Site Safety Plan) of the Administrative Code; BC 3310.3 of Chapter 33 of the Building Code.

Earthwork Notification: 811 (Call Before You Dig) One Call Ticket Number Requirement

Beginning May 1, 2017, the Department of Buildings requires Earthwork Contractors to provide the 811 (Call Before You Dig) One Call ticket number when making normal notification of the commencement of earthwork.

REMINDER: New Construction Superintendent Rule

The Department is enforcing compliance with the recently revised Construction Superintendent Rule (1 RCNY 3301-02) and May 2016 Industry Notice using random site visits and other tools at the Agency’s disposal.

REMINDER: Construction Superintendent Rule Revision Expands Scope of Work and Duties

1 RCNY 3301-02, effective May 30, 2016, expands the duties and changes the types of jobs requiring a Construction Superintendent (CS). Implementation of these changes will occur in two phases.

Minimum Content of Demolition Plan Submissions

Plan formatting and naming shall be in accordance with B-Scan Requirements document published October 2010. Plans must be in accordance with Article 104 (Construction Documents) of the Administrative Code.

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