Amendment of Rules Governing Rigging Operations

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule



The Department of Buildings (“Department”) is making the following changes to Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (“Rules”):  

  • amend and renumber sections 9-01 and 9-02; and  
  • repeal sections 9-03 and 9-04. 

The Department is amending section 9-01, regarding supervisory responsibilities of licensed riggers, and section 9-02, regarding supervisory responsibilities of licensed sign hangers, by  

  • updating the sections to reflect changes made to the New York City Administrative Code (“Administrative Code”) by Local Law 141 of 2013 and renumbering them as sections 104-20 and 104-21, respectively;  
  • clarifying how foremen are designated; and,  
  • moving the process under which licensed riggers and sign hangers issue certificates of fitness  for qualified scaffold users from section 9-03 of the Rules to new sections 104-20 and 104-21 in order to include this process within the context of licensee supervision of such work.   

The Department is also repealing sections 9-03 and 9-04, as these provisions are, or will be, addressed elsewhere in the Administrative Code or the Rules.   

·        Section 9-03 concerns minimum qualifications for scaffold users. The substance of this rule is being moved to sections 104-20 and 104-21.  Additionally, the training course requirements under this rule have been codified under Section 3314 of the New York City Building Code (“Building Code”) by Local Law 141 of 2013. 

·        Section 9-04 concerns the process and conditions under which the Department may revoke, suspend or not renew rigger and sign hanger licenses.  The substance of this rule has already been codified under Article 401 of Chapter 4 of Title 28 of the Administrative Code and section 104-07 of Title 1 of the Rules.   


The Department is also amending subdivision (j) of Section 102-01 to reflect the renumbering of Section 9-01 and paragraph (6) of subdivision (a) of Section 104-10 to reflect the repeal of Section 9-03. 


The Department’s authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter, sections 28-404.1 and 28-415.1 of the Administrative Code, and section 3314 of the Building Code.