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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Friday, September 11, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

 Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The proposed rule adds a new section 3610-04 regarding multicompartment elevators to Title 1 of the RCNY.  The proposed rule will update the provisions of section 2.27 of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (“ASME”) standard A17.1-2000 to conform it to the requirements of ASME A17.1-2013.  By requiring additional safety enhancements for multicompartment elevators during fire emergency operations, the updated standard will also enhance public safety.   

The Department of Buildings’ authority for this proposed rule is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, section 28-103.19 of the New York City Administrative Code and section BC 3001.2 of the New York City Building Code.

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Location: 
Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 6th floor
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 rules relating to the safety code for existing elevators and escalators;
  • repeals rules relating to the safety code for machine-room-less elevators (machine-room-less elevators do not require a separate machine room because elevator equipment is in the shaft); and
  • adds a new rule regarding elevator emergency operation and signaling devices, including provisions related to occupant evacuation (namely, when elevators are to be used for occupant evacuation, in accordance with section 403.5.2 of the New York City Building Code).

Sections one through three of the rule repeal sections 103-08, 3610-01 and 3610-02 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY), because such sections have been superseded by Chapters K3 and K4 of Appendix K of the Building Code. 

Section four of the rule adds a new section 3610-03 to Title 1 of the RCNY to update the provisions of section 2.27 of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (“ASME”) standard A17.1-2000 to conform it to the requirements of ASME A17.1-2013 and to establish consistent fire emergency operations and evacuation procedures to enhance public safety.  Further, section four adds and modifies some ASME A17.1-2013 language, which has not yet been adopted into the Building Code, regarding occupant evacuation operation of elevators.

The Department of Buildings’ authority for this rule is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, section 28-103.19 of the New York City Administrative Code, and sections BC 403.5.2 and BC 3008 of the New York City Building Code (found in Chapter 7 of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code).

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Effective Date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

The proposed rule:

  • repeals rules setting forth National Fire Protection Association (“NFPA”) amendments relating to elevator hoistways and machine rooms, closets and pantries, hydrostatic tests, and exemption from Fire Department connection requirements in one- and two-family residential buildings, and
  • amends the rule setting forth the NFPA amendment relating to the national fire alarm and signaling code to add language relating to occupant evacuation elevators.  This will update the safety requirements to the latest national standard, which will enhance public safety.

Sections one through four of the proposed rule repeal sections 3616-01, 3616-02, 3616-03, and 3616-05 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY), because sections 3616-02 and 3616-05 have been superseded by Appendix Q of the Building Code, and the amendments to the NFPA standards that had been set forth in 3616-01 and 3616-03 have been superseded by the most recent associated NFPA standards, as amended by Appendix Q.

Section five of the proposed rule amends section 3616-04 of Title 1 of the RCNY to update provisions of section 21.6 of NFPA 72 regarding occupant evacuation elevators to conform to the requirements of NFPA 72-2013. 

The Department of Buildings’ authority for this proposed rule is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, section 28-103.19 of the New York City Administrative Code, and section BC 3008 of the New York City Building Code (found in Chapter 7 of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code).

Note that an asterisk (*) found within this proposed rule, following the number or letter designating a paragraph, indicates that explanatory material on the paragraph can be found in Annex A of NFPA 72.

“Shall” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in the rules of this department, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

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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

 

Prior to the revisions that have been adopted, this rule set out methods for calculating the market value of a structure to determine if a structure has been or will be substantially damaged or substantially improved as such term is defined in Appendix G of the New York City Building Code. This rule also mandated that when the cost of an alteration exceeds $40,000, calculations must be submitted to the Department to verify that a building will not be substantially improved as a result of such alteration.

 

Subdivision (e) of this rule has been amended to clarify that signed-off work is not counted as part of the cost calculation.

 

Subdivision (g) of this rule has been amended to alter the trigger for which calculations are required to be submitted. The amendment allows the Department to effectively enforce the requirement of Appendix G both for structures of low and high market value. Applying the $40,000 trigger universally over the entire stock of buildings in New York City is not the most effective use of either the City’s or the building owner’s resources, as buildings of substantial market value can perform alterations of significant scope without being deemed substantially improved.

 

For buildings of significant value this rule amendment allows smaller alterations that exceed $40,000 dollars to proceed without presenting calculations to the Department, which will result in faster plan review and approval without compromising effective enforcement of the Department’s regulations.

 

The Department of Buildings’ authority for promulgating this rule and amendments thereto is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, section 28-104.7.11 of the New York City Administrative Code and section G 201.2 of the New York City Building Code.

 

 

 

Effective Date: 
Thu, 07/30/2015

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

The proposed rule:

  • repeals rules relating to the safety code for existing elevators and escalators;
  • repeals rules relating to the safety code for machine-room-less elevators (machine-room-less elevators do not require a separate machine room because elevator equipment is in the shaft); and
  • adds a new rule regarding elevator emergency operation and signaling devices, including provisions related to occupant evacuation (namely, when elevators are to be used for occupant evacuation, in accordance with section 403.5.2 of the New York City Building Code).

Sections one through three of the proposed rule repeal sections 103-08, 3610-01 and 3610-02 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY), because such sections have been superseded by Chapters K3 and K4 of Appendix K of the Building Code. 

Section four of the proposed rule adds a new section 3610-01 to Title 1 of the RCNY to update the provisions of section 2.27 of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (“ASME”) standard A17.1-2000 to conform it to the requirements of ASME A17.1-2013 and to establish consistent fire emergency operations and evacuation procedures to enhance public safety.  Further, section four adds and modifies some ASME A17.1-2013 language, which has not yet been adopted into the Building Code, regarding occupant evacuation operation of elevators.

The Department of Buildings’ authority for this proposed rule is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, section 28-103.19 of the New York City Administrative Code, and sections BC 403.5.2 and BC 3008 of the New York City Building Code (found in Chapter 7 of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code).

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Subject: 

Proposed Rule - Occupant Evacuation Operation of Elevators

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

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Friday, June 12, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

The current rule sets out methods for calculating the market value of a structure to determine if a structure has been or will be substantially damaged or substantially improved as such term is defined in Appendix G of the New York City Building Code. This rule also mandates that when the cost of an alteration exceeds $40,000, calculations must be submitted to the Department to verify that a building will not be substantially improved as a result of such alteration.

 

Subdivision (e) of this rule is being amended to clarify that signed-off work is not counted as part of the cost calculation.

 

Subdivision (g) of this rule is being amended to alter the trigger for which calculations are required to be submitted. The amendment would allow the Department to effectively enforce the requirement of Appendix G both for structures of low and high market value. Applying the $40,000 trigger universally over the entire stock of buildings in New York City is not the most effective use of either the City’s or the building owner’s resources, as buildings of substantial market value can perform alterations of significant scope without being deemed substantially improved.

 

For buildings of significant value this rule amendment would allow smaller alterations that exceed $40,000 dollars to proceed without presenting calculations to the Department, which will result in faster plan review and approval without compromising effective enforcement of the Department’s regulations.

 

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, section 28-104.7.11 of the New York City Administrative Code and section G 201.2 of the New York City Building Code.

 

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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

 

 

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 following 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 clarifies 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;
  • damaging or removing trees in a Special Natural Area District without certification, authorization or special permit; and
  • the requirement to make readily available a scaffold training certificate card.

 
Finally, the Department of Buildings makes one change to correct a typographical error in a previously adopted Rule change regarding scaffold training certification violations. 

  

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Effective Date: 
Mon, 04/20/2015

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, April 13, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

NOTE: In accordance with Section 1043(e)(iii) of the City Charter DOB will not hold a public hearing on the proposed rule amendment on the grounds that a hearing would serve no public purpose.

  

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

The Department is proposing to renumber Chapter 100 and Subchapters A-E of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York in order to clear up some confusion regarding the organization of the chapter.

 

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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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
Contact: 

No contact

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

 

Local Law 141 of 2013 repealed Section 3314 of the New York City Building Code regarding scaffolds and replaced it with new language.  This rule clarifies that Section 3314.4.5, which sets out training requirements for individuals who install, adjust, repair, maintain, use, inspect, or remove a suspended scaffold, or who supervise such work, applies to all work on suspended scaffolds on and after December 31, 2014, including for jobs filed prior to such date. Those requirements had previously been located in Rule 9-03, which is being repealed in another rulemaking.

 

The rule states that on and after December 31, 2014 anyone who works on a suspended scaffold or who supervises such work must comply with the training requirements of Section 3314.4.5 of the New York City Building Code.

 

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and Section 3314.4.5 of the New York City Building Code.

 

 

 

Effective Date: 
Wed, 03/11/2015

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