Repeal of Outdated BSA Rules and Reorganization of Building Design Rules

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Effective Date: 
Sunday, May 5, 2019
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STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE OF FINAL RULE

 

Repeal of Outdated BSA Rules and Reorganization of Building Design Rules

 

Prior to 1968, BSA was responsible for adopting standards regulating fire safety in buildings and construction sites.  Among other things, BSA adopted rules relating to fire alarm systems and other fire protection systems, and construction site requirements.

 

With the enactment of the 1968 Building Code, and later, the 2008 Building Code and 2008 Fire Code, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) and FDNY took over this role.  The new codes and rules promulgated thereunder by DOB and FDNY superseded the provisions of the BSA rules with respect to the design and construction of new buildings and the operation and maintenance of existing buildings.  However, sometimes building owners and developers are confused as to whether the BSA requirements, which were never repealed or amended, remain in effect or are applicable to particular projects or installations.

 

The purpose of this rulemaking is to eliminate outdated BSA rules that have been superseded by the New York City Fire Code and to transfer to FDNY rules any remaining provisions of BSA rules relating to matters now regulated by the Fire Code that need to be retained.

 

The BSA rules that relate to the design of buildings and building systems (which are now regulated by the Building Code or other Construction Codes) are not being repealed but, like old building codes, will be kept in place for purposes of preserving pre‑existing design requirements.  The only exception are the BSA rules relating to construction site requirements, which are being repealed as they have no continuing applicability and have been wholly superseded by Building Code and Fire Code requirements.

 

The BSA rules being retained have been reorganized into two chapters in a manner designed to clarify their applicability.  New introductory sections have been included that set forth the scope of each chapter, place the BSA rules in the proper context, and alert the reader to the requirements of the New York City Construction Codes.  A cross-reference table indicating the disposition of each BSA rule provision and any new BSA or Fire Department section number is included as Chapter 5 of the BSA rules.