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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Friday, February 24, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The Crane Safety Technical Working Group (“TWG”), appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler following the February 2016 crane collapse in Tribeca, recommended that a lift director be “present at the jobsite full time, charged with supervising the overall activity of the crane and monitoring compliance with city crane regulations.”  (TWG recommendation #14)

This proposed rule will:

  • mandate that a lift director be present at a construction site while a crane or derrick is performing certain tasks; and
  • identify responsibilities for the lift director. 

The responsibilities of the lift director are based on those established by the B30 model standards for cranes, derricks, and rigging published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (“ASME”).  Additional requirements are also proposed for the lift director to verify compliance with New York City regulations and to ensure weather conditions are monitored and the crane or derrick properly secured.  The requirement to monitor weather conditions was recommended by the TWG (TWG recommendation #16).

The proposed rule empowers the lift director to issue orders to personnel or to stop crane, derrick, or rigging operations when the lift director discovers a violation of safety protocols listed in the rule.  Where violations of safety protocols listed in the rule are not immediately corrected, the lift director is obligated to report the violation to the Department of Buildings.

Further, the proposed rule establishes a designation and notification system for the department to be informed of the lift director at the site.  It also requires the lift director to review relevant plans, and to hold a pre-shift meeting with relevant personnel.  The requirement for a pre-shift meeting was recommended by the TWG (TWG recommendation #15). 

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and section BC 3319 of the New York City Building Code.

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Subject: 

Lift Directors

Location: 
Auditorium, 2nd floor
125 Worth Street
New , NY 10013
Contact: 

No contact

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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, January 30, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

The Department of Buildings (DOB) proposes adding new Section 105-04 to its Rules, which will allow licensed sign hangers (Master Sign Hangers and Special Sign Hangers) to file applications in order to obtain permits to hoist, lower, hang, or attach certain wall-mounted, accessory signs and related structural elements (e.g. frames or columns) that comply with specified size and location requirements. Section 28-415.3 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York explains the difference between Master Sign Hangers and Special Sign Hangers. Master Sign Hangers hoist, lower, hang, or attach signs, irrespective of weight, upon or on the outside of a building. Special Sign Hangers hoist, lower, hang, or attach certain signs of limited size and weight upon or on the outside of a building.  A “wall-mounted sign” is attached to or erected against the wall of a building or an independent wall structure.  An “accessory” sign is a non-advertising sign that is clearly incidental to a zoning lot’s principal use; Zoning Resolution Section 12-10 further defines “accessory” use.  This proposed rule is intended to encourage sign application filings with DOB by eliminating the need to hire registered design professionals in certain situations.   

DOB’s authority for this rule is found in Section 643 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and Section 28-104.6 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
Contact: 

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Friday, January 13, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

The Department of Buildings (DOB) is proposing to amend section 104-09 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York relating to hoisting machine operators.  The amendments reflect the New York State Supreme Court’s decision that the portion of the current rule relating to out-of-state experience in an urban area of comparable density for a Class A Hoisting Machine License is invalid. 

DOB’s authority for this rule is found in Sections 643 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter, Sections 28-401.6 and 28-405.3 of the City Administrative Code.

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Location: 
Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 3rd floor conference room
New York, NY 10007
Contact: 

No contact

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 


Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The 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 rule clarifies 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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Effective Date: 
Mon, 10/03/2016

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The Department of Buildings (DOB) is adding a new Section, 104-26, to Subchapter D of Chapter 100 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (“RCNY”), which allows DOB licensees to deactivate their licenses while remaining active in their respective trades. DOB is promulgating this rule in response to industry concerns about the operating cost of maintaining licensure while the licensee is not actively practicing as a licensee for business or other reasons.

The rule allows licensees to hold their deactivated licenses without requiring them to carry on businesses and carry insurance, which will relieve them of many of the costs associated with maintaining an active license.  However, these licensees are still required to renew their licenses and pay the DOB-related costs of holding their deactivated licenses.  

Although a licensee who chooses to deactivate his or her license may continue to work in the licensed trade under the supervision of an active licensee, he or she may not practice in the trade or business as a licensee or hold him or herself out as a licensee while the license is deactivated.

The rule omits Filing Representatives, Construction Superintendents, Concrete Safety Managers, General Contractors and Safety Registrations because members of these trades are not permitted to work under the direction of other licensees.  Electricians are also omitted because deactivation of their licenses is already permitted by existing provisions of the Electrical Code.

 

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Effective Date: 
Mon, 10/03/2016

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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Subject: 

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Location: 
Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 3rd floor conference room
New York, NY 10007
Contact: 

No contact

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

 

The rule repeals the following rules because the subject matter of these rules is now addressed in the New York City Construction Codes:

  • 1 RCNY § 18-01 - Considerations and evaluations relating to resistance to progressive collapse under extreme local loads
  • 1 RCNY § 39-01 - Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers;
  • 1 RCNY § 101-01 - Definition of existing building;
  • 1 RCNY § 3606-04 - American Society of Civil Engineers Amendments Relating to Mandatory Freeboard; and
  • 1 RCNY § 6008-01 - American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Edition.

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter.

  

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Effective Date: 
Fri, 08/12/2016

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:4)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

This rule would amend Section 101-03 of Chapter 100 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to fees payable to the Department, to include fees for responding to requests submitted to the Department for Zoning Resolution or Construction Codes Determinations and appeals of such Determinations.

The authority of the Department of Buildings for this rule is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and section 28-112.1 of the New York City Administrative Code.

The Department provides a service when current or prospective applicants request a Borough Commissioner to issue a Determination interpreting certain provisions of the Zoning, Energy or Construction Codes. These requests may be made using either a Zoning Resolution Determination Form (ZRD1) or a Construction Code Determination Form (CCD1).  Applicants may appeal a Borough Commissioner’s Determinations to the Department’s Technical Affairs Unit.

The proposed rule would add fees for processing Determinations filed with a Borough Commissioner’s Office and appeals to the Technical Affairs Unit using either a ZRD1 or CCD1 Form.  These fees will cover the administrative costs incurred by the Department in reviewing these requests and appeals. No fees will be charged for requests and appeals filed in connection with the construction or alteration of one-, two- or three-family dwellings or multiple dwellings that are financed entirely or in part by a grant or loan from the City of New York or the New York City Housing Development Corporation and at least 50 percent of whose dwelling units are affordable.

Pursuant to section 1043(d)(4)(iii) of the New York City Charter, certification of this proposed rule pursuant to Local Law 46 of 2010 is not required.

  

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Subject: 

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Location: 
Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10007
Contact: 

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Friday, July 8, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The Department of Buildings (DOB) proposes to add a new Section, 104-26, to Subchapter D of Chapter 100 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (“RCNY”), which will allow DOB licensees to deactivate their licenses while remaining active in their respective trades. DOB is proposing this rule in response to industry concerns about the operating cost of maintaining licensure while the licensee is not actively practicing as a licensee for business or other reasons. 

The proposed rule would allow licensees to hold their deactivated licenses without requiring them to carry on businesses and carry insurance, which will relieve them of many of the costs associated with maintaining an active license.  However, these licensees would still be required to renew their licenses and pay the DOB-related costs of holding their deactivated licenses.   

Although a licensee who chooses to deactivate his or her license may continue to work in the licensed trade under the supervision of an active licensee, he or she may not practice in the trade or business as a licensee or hold him or herself out as a licensee while the license is deactivated. 

The proposed rule omits Filing Representatives, Construction Superintendents, Concrete Safety Managers, General Contractors and Safety Registrations because members of these trades are not permitted to work under the direction of other licensees.  Electricians are also omitted because deactivation of their licenses is already permitted by existing provisions of the Electrical Code.

 

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Subject: 

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Location: 
Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10007
Contact: 

No contact

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The Department of Buildings (DOB) is amending section 105-02 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York relating to tax abatements for solar electric generating systems.  These amendments streamline the application process for abatements, especially regarding electrical plans and electrical and construction sign-off.  These amendments make the process for obtaining a tax abatement easier for applicants.

DOB’s authority for this rule is found in Section 643 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and Title 4-C of Article 4 of the Real Property Tax Law of New York State.

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Effective Date: 
Thu, 06/16/2016

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