Special Inspectors and Special Inspection Agencies

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Local Law 52 of 2014 changed the effective dates of amendments of the New York City Construction Codes pursuant to Local Law 141 of 2013 and certain other local laws from October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.   


By rule effective December 19, 2014 (see rule titled “Amendment to Change Effective Date of Miscellaneous Rules Related to 2014 Construction Codes”), the Department of Buildings amended the effective date of rules that were previously adopted pursuant to the 2014 NYC Construction Codes to conform them to the new effective date of the code (December 31, 2014). 


Therefore, this rule went into effect on December 31, 2014, not October 1, 2014.




Statement of Basis and Purpose



Local Law 141 of 2013 (LL 141) and Local Law 41 of 2012 (LL 41), which become effective on October 1, 2014, are the final product of an effort to update 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, which are based on the 2009 editions of the International Plumbing, Building, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes.  The updates of LL 141 and LL 41 reflect the unique character of the city and clarify and update the administration and enforcement of these codes as well as of the 1968 Building Code. 


1 RCNY 101-06, in effect since 2008 and amended in 2012, specifies the qualifications of special inspectors, special inspection agencies and their regulation by the Department of Buildings.  The Department of Buildings now needs to revise 1 RCNY 101-06 to reflect the requirements of LL 141 and to make necessary updates to reference standard editions and definitions. 


Specifically, to make 1 RCNY 101-06 consistent with the requirements of LL 141, the adopted rule: 


  • Adds new and amends existing requirements for special inspection categories.
  • Changes certain definitions.
  • Updates reporting requirements.
  • Updates the registration section.
  • Amends the section on powers of the Commissioner.
  • Amends an appendix to incorporate the new titles and qualifications for the following special inspections:
    • Mastic and Intumescent Fire-Resistant Coatings,
    • High-Temperature Hot Water Piping, and
    • Post-Installed Anchors.
  • Amends an appendix to include qualifications for the new “Raising and Moving of a Building” special inspection category, which was added by Local Law 29 of 2013.


New material is underlined. 

[Deleted material is in brackets.]