Amendment of Rules Regulating Construction Signs

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Friday, January 17, 2014


Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

The following rule is promulgated pursuant to the authority of the Commissioner of Buildings under Sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and Section 3301.9 of the New York City Building Code (“BC”).

The Building Code today requires that numerous signs and permits be posted along a construction site fence in order to provide project and safety contact information for the public.  Local Law 47 of 2013, which was signed by Mayor Bloomberg on July 1, 2013, simplifies these requirements by consolidating various signs into one uniform sign to minimize the visual impact of construction sites on the urban landscape.  

Local Law 47 of 2013 also authorizes the Department to modify by rule the Section 3301.9 specifications for project information panels, where those panels are located at government-owned sites or sites with government funding.  In accordance with this authorization, this rule modifies some specifications for project information panels located at government-owned sites and at sites with government funding.

In accordance with the authorization  provided in BC section 3301.9.2.7, this rule establishes standards for department acceptance of a program that ensures best construction site management practices are employed to minimize construction impact on the surrounding communities and to promote community relations. This program will be developed and administered by a party that is independent of the contractor and is in addition to the contractor and owner’s responsibility to comply with all health and safety requirements in the building code.  The program will be designed to monitor certain activities at construction sites and to work with the community.  The rule also sets forth the basis and process for removal of the department’s acceptance logo and for the removal of the program’s name or logo from the sidewalk shed parapet panel located at a particular site or sites.