Amendment of Fines for Violations of the Building Code Regulating Construction Signs at Construction and Demolition Sites
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose
The Environmental Control Board proposes to amend its Department of Buildings (DOB) Penalty Schedule. This schedule is found in Section 3-103 of Subchapter G of Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY).
On July 1, 2013, the Mayor signed Local Law 47 of 2013. This law requires contractors and building owners to consolidate required construction signage and permits into a single new standard in order to provide information that is more useful to the public and minimize the visual clutter of signage at construction sites.
The law repeals the existing Section 3301.9 of the Building Code (BC 3301.9)—pertaining to required signage—and replaces it with a new BC 3301.9, detailing requirements for signs to be posted at construction or demolition sites. The new BC 3301.9 requires that where a site is enclosed with a fence, a project information panel must be posted and remain as long as the fence is in place. On sites where a sidewalk shed is installed, a sidewalk shed parapet panel must be posted and remain as long as the shed is in place. BC 3301.9 spells out the content, design, and location of project information panels and sidewalk shed parapet panels. Fence and sidewalk shed signs placed before July 1, 2013 are subject to separate regulations detailed under BC 3301.9.3. Additionally, BC 3301.9 regulates the placement of other signs required by law, directing that they be posted inside the site where only the workers can see them, unless the law requires them to be visible to the public as well.
In order to enforce the new requirements under BC 3301.9, the proposed rule modifies the following violations in the ECB penalty schedule:
- 1 RCNY 27-03 “Prohibited sign on sidewalk shed or construction fence” will now reference BC 3307.1.1 and read “Prohibited Outdoor Advertising Company sign on sidewalk shed or construction fence”.
Section 28-105.11 of the Administrative Code “Failure to post permit for work at premises” will now read “Failure to post or properly post permit for work at premises”.
- BC 3301.9 & 27-1009(c) “Failure to provide/post sign(s) at job site pursuant to subsection” will delete the reference to section 27-1009(c) of the Administrative Code and now read “Project Information Panel/Sidewalk Shed Parapet Panel/Construction Sign not provided or not in compliance with section.”
- BC 3307.6 & 27-1021 “Sidewalk shed does not meet code specifications” will delete the reference to section 27-1021 of the Administrative Code, reference BC 3307.1 and read “Pedestrian protection does not meet code specifications”.
- BC 3307.7 & 27-1021(c) “Job site fence not constructed pursuant to subsection” will delete the reference to section 27-1021(c) of the Administrative Code and now read “Job site fence not constructed or maintained pursuant to subsection”.
In order to enforce the requirement that sidewalk sheds be Hunter Green and to enforce the prohibition on the placement of unlawful signs under BC 3301.9, the proposed rule amendment adds the following three violations to the penalty schedule:
- BC 3307.1.1, “Posting of unlawful signs, information, pictorial representation, business or advertising messages on protective structures.” This violation is a class 2 violation. The penalty and default amounts are listed in the table below.
- BC 3307.3 “Failure to provide pedestrian protection for sidewalks and walkways”. This violation is a class 1 violation with no cure. The penalty and default amounts are listed in the table below.
- BC 3307.6.4, “Sidewalk shed does not meet color specification”. This violation is a class 2 violation with a cure. The penalty and default amounts are listed in the table below.
In order to effectively enforce the requirement under BC 3307.3.1 that construction and demolition sites have pedestrian protection for sidewalks and walkways, the proposed rule makes the following additional changes to the penalty schedule:
- The deletion of the class 2 charge for BC 3307.3.1 & 27-1021(a) “failure to provide a sidewalk shed where required” and delete reference to section 27-1021(a) of the Administrative Code.
Accordingly, DOB will amend its Violation Classification rule (1 RCNY 102-01) to classify these charges as required by 28-201.2.