Cooling Tower Violation Classification
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule
The Department of Buildings is proposing changes regarding the classification of certain violations to reflect the requirements of Local Law 77 of 2015 and the 2014 updates to the NYC Construction Codes.
Local Law 77 of 2015, enacted on August 18, 2015, adds requirements for registration, discontinuance, removal, inspection, testing, cleaning, disinfecting and maintenance of cooling towers. Some of the proposed amendments to rule 102-01 add new infractions to address the new cooling tower requirements.
The 2014 updates to the NYC Construction Codes amended the Administrative Code of the City of New York, the New York City Plumbing Code, the New York City Building Code, the New York City Mechanical Code and the New York City Fuel Gas Code and brought these codes up to date with the 2009 editions of the International Building, Mechanical, Fuel Gas and Plumbing Codes.
The updates amended some requirements, added new requirements and renumbered existing sections of these codes. Rule 102-01 is being amended to reflect some of these changes by:
· updating sections of the Administrative Code,
· updating descriptions to the table of classifications,
· deleting some existing violations that no longer apply or could be combined with existing descriptions, and
· adding new violations and their classifications.
These infractions relate to:
- Failure to provide pedestrian protection for sidewalks and walkways.
- Failure to obey a vacate order.
In addition, the description and section of law of one charge is being amended to cover all buildings or open lots which are being occupied without a valid Certificate of Occupancy. The current charge and cited section apply only to new buildings built under the 2008 Construction Codes. This description relates to:
- Buildings occupied without a valid certificate of occupancy.
The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and section 28-201.2 of the New York City Administrative Code.
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