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Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, September 17, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The proposed rule amends 1 RCNY §102-01 by adding fifteen new infractions and updating several others.  The new violations relate to:

 

  • Illegal residential conversions;

  • Monitoring occupied multiple dwellings with permits for alteration or addition;

  • Inspections of tenant protection plans

  • Pre-shift safety meetings for workers at construction sites;

  • Site-specific safety orientations for workers at construction sites

  • Construction site safety training 

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in Section 643 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and section 28-201.2 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.

 

This rule is exempt from review under Charter Section 1043(d), pursuant to Section 1043(d)(4).

 

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Location: 
Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 3rd floor conference room
New York, NY 10007
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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE
The purpose of this rule is to set forth which rent–regulated class two real properties are eligible for a Major Capital Improvement (“MCI”) tax abatement, as well as how such abatement shall be calculated. An MCI is a rent increase for a building wide improvement for a rent-regulated class
two property which has been approved by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (“DHCR”). A building is eligible for this tax abatement if it is subject to either the emergency housing rent control law or to the rent and rehabilitation law of the city of New York enacted pursuant to the emergency housing rent control law or to the emergency tenant protection act of 1974.

The MCI tax abatement is intended to partially offset the economic loss imposed upon eligible building owners due to the recent changes in the amortization period for major capital improvements. The amortization schedule for major capital improvements has been increased from 7 to 8 years for eligible buildings with 35 units or less and has been increased from 7 to 9 years for eligible buildings with more than 35 units. The formula used to calculate the value of the MCI tax abatement will provide eligible building owners with a tax abatement equal to 50% of the economic loss due to the changes in the MCI amortization schedule. Property owners must submit an application for a MCI tax abatement no later than five years after the date of the order issued by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal granting an MCI rent increase.

The Department of Finance’s authority for these rules is found in sections 1043 and 1504 of the New York City Charter and paragraph 6 of subdivision c of section 26-511 and subparagraph g of paragraph 1 of subdivision g of section 26-405 of the administrative code of the City of New York. The enabling legislation for MCI tax abatements is set forth in Real Property Tax Law Section 467-i, sections 29, 31-32, 64-a and 65 of chapter 20 of the New York State Laws of 2015. A new chapter 56 is being added to Title 19 of the Rules of the City of New York to set forth the rules for MCI tax abatements.

Effective Date: 
Fri, 08/10/2018

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

 

The proposed rule updates DOB’s Buildings Penalty Schedule to better reflect the current construction environment and to encourage construction safety. The last major overhaul of the Buildings Penalty Schedule occurred in 2008.

 

Because the increased costs of construction have reduced the deterrent effects of the 2008 penalties, the Department reviewed individual infractions and assigned new standard penalties for construction and equipment safety-related violations. The decision to increase these penalties was based on the seriousness of the violation and is intended to discourage unsafe practices in the construction industry. In addition, to ensure greater consistency and simplify its penalty schedule, the Department created standard baseline penalties within each class of violation.

 

The schedule has also been updated to add new penalties, including for violations related to lift directors and cranes and derricks.

 

DOB’s authority to enforce these rules is found in Sections 643 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter.

 

 

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Effective Date: 
Wed, 03/07/2018

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

The rule:

  • relocates the Department of Buildings (DOB) Penalty Schedule from the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings Environmental Control Board (OATH ECB) rules in Chapter 3 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York to DOB’s rules in Chapter 100 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York;
  • updates the schedule as needed to reflect recently adopted rules;
  • provides clearer and more concise language; and
  • reduces default penalties upon proof of compliance with applicable law.

Although OATH ECB is empowered to impose penalties under the New York City Charter and has until now promulgated penalty schedules, the enforcement agencies have the expertise to recommend appropriate penalties based on the severity of each violation and its effect on City residents. Moving the penalty schedule will also make it easier for the public to find the penalties, which will be located within the same chapter as the rules supporting the violations alleged in the summonses. Finally, the rule relocation will speed up the rulemaking process by eliminating the need for OATH ECB approval of proposed or amended penalties for agency rules that have already gone through the City Administrative Procedure Act (CAPA) rulemaking process.  The public will still have the opportunity to comment on proposed penalties during this process.

The schedule has also been updated to add new penalties amounts for violations of the Energy Conservation Code (“ECC”), which can be found in Chapter 10 of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code. The penalty amounts range from $300 to $10,000. 

Working with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, OMB, and the Office of Operations conducted a retrospective rules review of the City’s existing rules, identifying those rules that will be repealed or modified to reduce regulatory burdens, increase equity, support small businesses, and simplify and update content to help support public understanding and compliance. This rule meets the criteria for this initiative.

DOB’s authority for these rules is found in Sections 643 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter.

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Effective Date: 
Wed, 05/10/2017

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Friday, August 19, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 


Statement of Basis and Purpose 

The proposed rule amends 1 RCNY §102-01 by adding five new infractions and updating two others.  The addition of 1 RCNY § 3301-02, which went into effect on May 30, 2016, created the new violations.  In addition, unrelated to 1 RCNY § 3301-02, the Department of Buildings seeks to clarify two existing violations by amending their sections of law and violation descriptions.  These violations relate to:

  • The failure to designate or have a Construction Superintendent, Site Safety Manager, or Site Safety Coordinator at the job site;
  • The failure to conduct a site-specific safety orientation program for all workers;
  • Construction Superintendents’ failure to immediately notify the Department of conditions listed in § 3310.8.2.1 of the New York City Building Code;
  • Construction Superintendents’ failure to meet the required qualifications for registration as Construction Superintendents;
  • Construction Superintendents’ failure to perform their duties.

 The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in Section 643 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and section 28-201.2 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.

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Location: 
Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 3rd floor conference room
New York, NY 10007
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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule 

 

In order to encourage swift and decisive compliance with safety-related orders and other laws and rules at construction sites, the Department of Buildings is proposing to add two new violation classifications and to amend another. The new classifications will enable the Department to ensure public safety and more effectively enforce the laws, rules and Commissioner's orders related to the safe operation of construction equipment. The Department also seeks to amend one violation section and description by deleting a reference to a section that was repealed by Local Law 33 of 2007 and by clarifying two words that had been abbreviated. 

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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Department of Buildings
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New York, NY 10007
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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

 

Local Law 141 of 2013, which went into effect on December 31, 2014, amends 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. 

  

Local Law 141 amended some requirements, added new requirements and renumbered existing sections of the affected codes. The proposed amendments to 1 RCNY § 102-01 add certain new violations contained in the NYC Construction Codes and Zoning Resolution, some of which were created by the enactment of Local Law 141. In addition, unrelated to Local Law 141, the Department of Buildings seeks to clarify existing violations in its rules by amending their sections of law and violation descriptions. These violations relate to:

   

  • the requirement to obtain a service equipment Certificate of Compliance prior to operation;
  • the operation, maintenance, testing, and inspection of elevators and conveying systems, and the provision of notice when an elevator will be out of service due to repair work;
  • the tampering, removing or defacing of a Stop Work Order or Vacate Order prior to its rescission by the Commissioner;
  • failing to obey a Vacate Order;
  • failing to conduct or file a final inspection of permitted work with the Department of Buildings; and
  • damaging or removing trees in a Special Natural Area District without certification, authorization or special permit.

 
The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter
and sections 28-201.2, 28-201.2.1, 28-201.2.2, and 28-202.1 of the New York City Administrative Code.

 

Location: 
Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10007
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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

Local Law 141, which goes into effect on October 1, 2014, amends 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 to bring these codes up to date with the 2009 editions of the International Building, Mechanical, Fuel Gas and Plumbing Codes. 

 

Local Law 141 amended some requirements, added new requirements and renumbered existing sections of the affected codes. The amendments to rule 102-01 address the changes enacted by Local Law 141 by adding 2014 code sections and descriptions to the table of classifications and deleting some classifications that are not used or that could be combined with existing descriptions.

 

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Location: 
Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 3rd floor conference room
New York, NY 10007
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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

                                                             Statement of Basis and Purpose

Existing rule 1 RCNY 104-24 contains a typographical error, which is misleading in terms of setting forth the requirements necessary to seek class 2 filing representative status, beginning May 1, 2014.

This error implies that such applicants need only provide proof of educational requirements “or” training requirements when, in fact, it has always been the intent of DOB that such applicants provide proof of both educational and training requirements.

Therefore, we are amending this rule in order to correct such typographical error.

As a reminder, “Class 2 registered filing representatives (also referred to as “code and zoning representatives”) may, following registration and issuance of an identification card, perform all of the activities of a class 1 registered filing representative and may also appear before and attend appointments with plan examiners and other department technical staff regarding construction document approvals, including, but not limited to, plan review, audit review, pre-determinations, and determinations.”

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Clause (B) of subparagraph (i) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (g) of Section 104-24 of Chapter 100 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York is amended to read as follows:

(B)       A four (4) year degree in another field from an accredited college, and proof of two (2) years as a registered filing representative with the department with at least fifty (50) jobs filed within four (4) years of application for class 2 filing representative status[; or].

 

Effective Date: 
Wed, 05/07/2014

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, May 5, 2014
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

Existing rule 1 RCNY 104-24 contains a typographical error, which is misleading in terms of setting forth the requirements necessary to seek class 2 filing representative status, beginning May 1, 2014.

This error implies that such applicants need only provide proof of educational requirements “or” training requirements when, in fact, it has always been the intent of DOB that such applicants provide proof of both educational and training requirements.

Therefore, it is proposed to amend this rule in order to correct such typographical error.

As a reminder, “Class 2 registered filing representatives (also referred to as “code and zoning representatives”) may, following registration and issuance of an identification card, perform all of the activities of a class 1 registered filing representative and may also appear before and attend appointments with plan examiners and other department technical staff regarding construction document approvals, including, but not limited to, plan review, audit review, pre-determinations, and determinations.”

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Clause (B) of subparagraph (i) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (g) of Section 104-24 of Chapter 100 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York is amended to read as follows:

(B) A four (4) year degree in another field from an accredited college, and proof of two (2) years as a registered filing representative with the department with at least fifty (50) jobs filed within four (4) years of application for class 2 filing representative status[; or].

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