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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

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Friday, August 29, 2014
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule 

 

These rule amendments are proposed pursuant to the authority of the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings “Department” under Sections 643 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and Section 28-103.15 of the New York City Administrative Code.  Under Section 28-103.15, the Commissioner may require an applicant for a work permit to provide proof of workers’ compensation, disability and general liability insurance for a project “in such amounts and in accordance with such specifications as shall be set forth in the rules of the department or as otherwise required by law.” Section 101-08 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York sets forth the specific proof-of-insurance requirements that applicants for work permits must satisfy in order for the Department to issue or renew the necessary permit. 

 

The proposed amendments to Section 101-08: 

 

·        Amend the list of the types of permits to which the rule applies. This will make the rule line up with changes that Local Law 141 of 2013 made to the Administrative Code;  

 

·        Add a requirement of $1 million in liability insurance for the installation of scaffolds and sidewalk sheds; 

 

·        Clarify that project-specific liability insurance (when required) must cover the type of work to be performed as described in the permit; 

 

·        Add a requirement of $2 million in liability insurance for raising or moving a building;  

 

·        Eliminate the requirement that a permittee’s liability insurance policy contain a certain cancellation provision, because the inclusion of such provision is already required under the New York State Insurance Law; 

 

·        Prohibit a permittee’s liability insurance policy from containing exclusions for work performed within the city of New York or for the type of work described in the work permit; 

 

·       Correct a typographical error in the official publication of the rule related to the proposed number of stories for a certain category of buildings that has a $25 million insurance requirement for a new building or major alteration. 

 

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in Sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and Section 28-103.15 of the New York City Administrative Code.

  

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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

In accordance with Section 28-103.19 of the New York City Administrative Code, the Department of Buildings (“DOB”) is proposing to add a new Section 3616-04 to Subchapter Q of Chapter 3600 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (“RCNY”), which will adopt an amended version of National Fire Protection Association (“NFPA”) Standard 72, relating to the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.  The DOB also proposes to repeal Section 907-01 of Chapter 9 of Title 1 of the RCNY, regarding fire protection systems.

 

NFPA 72 of 2010 covers the application, installation, location, performance, inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems, supervising station alarm systems, public emergency alarm reporting systems, fire warning equipment, and emergency communication systems.

 

This proposed rule requires compliance with proven safety practices based upon a nationally recognized standard, modified specifically for New York City.  It will improve fire safety in buildings that are required to comply with the proposed rule.

 

If NFPA 72 is adopted and modified as proposed here, the substance of existing rule 1 RCNY 907-01 will become redundant.  Therefore, the DOB is proposing to repeal the rule in its entirety.

 

Note that an asterisk (*) found within 1 RCNY 3616-04, following the number or letter designating a paragraph, indicates that explanatory material on the paragraph can be found in Annex A of NFPA 72.

 

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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
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Monday, August 25, 2014
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 Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

The Department of Buildings (“Department”) is proposing to amend section 104-08 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (“Rules”). 

 

The Department proposes to amend section 104-08 by updating the section to reflect changes made to the New York City Administrative Code (“Administrative Code”) effective October 1, 2014, and by clarifying the eighteen month on-the-job training program and OSHA course requirements.

The Department’s authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, sections 28-402.2 and 28-403.2 of the Administrative Code.

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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Friday, August 22, 2014
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

Local Law 141 of 2013, 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. 

The Department’s Referenced Standards are found in Chapter 35 of the New York City Building Code. Local Law 141 repealed Chapter 35 and added a new one.

This proposed rule will correct an error in the year of two of the standards listed in new Chapter 35 – ACI 318 for structural concrete and ANSI A10.4 for personnel hoists. The correction will conform them to the existing edition of these standards, as well as to the Building Code sections to which these standards are applied, which reflect the correct year’s language.

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and Section 28-103.19 of the New York City Administrative Code.

 

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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 of Rule

On December 30, 2013, Local Law 141 was signed by the Mayor.  Local Law 141 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.  That local law goes into effect on October 1, 2014.

Among the changes made by Local Law 141 were amendments to portions of section 1210.2.2 of the Mechanical Code and additions to section 406.1.1.1 of the Fuel Gas Code. These amendments address welder qualification testing and approved agencies.  Rule 101-07 is amended to reflect the new provisions enacted by Local Law 141.

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, section 1210.2.2 of the New York City Mechanical Code and section 406.1.1.1 of the New York City Fuel Gas Code.

Effective Date: 
Wed, 12/31/2014

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

Exception 17 of Section 28-101.4.3 of the New York City Administrative Code (“Optional use of the 1968 building code for work on prior code buildings”) states that, “The installation of and work on emergency and standby power systems shall comply with section 2702.1 of the New York city building code.”

 

Such installation and work, therefore, may not be performed on prior code buildings in accordance with the requirements and standards set forth in the 1968 building code or a code in effect prior to December 6, 1968.1 RCNY 12-01 is a rule that implements Article 11 of Subchapter 6 of Chapter 1 of Title 27 of the Administrative Code (“Emergency Power”), a 1968 building code provision.

 

While drafting Local Law 141 of 2013, which establishes the 2014 NYC Construction Codes, the Department reviewed 1 RCNY 12-01 (“Emergency Power System Requirements”) and folded all pertinent equipment, design and construction requirements for emergency power systems, which were missing from Chapter 27 of the 2008 NYC Building Code, into Chapter 27 of the 2014 NYC Building Code.

 

It was also determined that the technical requirements for emergency power systems contained in this rule are obsolete or have already been superseded by the Department’s adoption of referenced standards NFPA 70, 110 and 111 in the 2008 NYC Building Code.

 

Therefore, the Department is proposing to repeal 1 RCNY 12-01 in its entirety.

 

 

Section 12-01 of Chapter 12 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to requirements for emergency power systems, is REPEALED.

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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

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Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The Department of Buildings (“Department”) is amending sections 104-01 and 104-02, and repealing sections 19-02, 19-03, and 19-04, of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (“Rules”). 

 

The Department amends section 104-01, regarding examination and investigation requirements for Department licenses, by clarifying examination and investigation procedures. Some Department license examinations were previously administered by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, but all such examinations are now being administered by the Department.  These amendments accommodate the additional license examinations.

 

The Department amends section 104-02, regarding required insurance for trade licensees, by clarifying the requirements for commercial general liability insurance.

 

The Department also repeals sections 19-02, 19-03, and 19-04, as these provisions are addressed elsewhere in the New York City Administrative Code (“Administrative Code”) or the Rules. 

 

·       Section 19-02 concerns continuing education requirements for master plumbers and master fire suppression piping contractors. The substance of this rule is now addressed in section 105-03 of the Rules, effective September 15, 2013, which outlines the requirements for Department-approved courses. 

 

·       Section 19-03 concerns exemptions from Department inspection and testing requirements for minor plumbing work. These exemptions are provided by section 28-105.4.4 of the Administrative Code.  

 

·       Section 19-04 concerns the master plumber and master fire suppression piping contractor license board’s authority to review master plumber and master fire suppression piping contractor license applications. The substance of this rule has been already codified under Article 417 of Chapter 4 of the Administrative Code and section 104-01(c) of Title 1 of the Rules.

 

Effective Date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

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Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

Section 28-401.11 of the NYC Administrative Code states that, “All licenses issued by the commissioner for which an examination is required shall expire three years from the date of issuance thereof, and may be renewed every three years thereafter without examination…”  

 

Oil-burning equipment installers are one such license type. For such licensees, 1 RCNY 47-01 currently requires a biennial renewal fee of fifty dollars. However, licensees actually receive a triennial renewal for fifty dollars.

 

Since renewal applicants are being undercharged twenty-five dollars for each triennial renewal, the Department is hereby amending this rule to require a triennial renewal fee of seventy-five dollars.

 

In addition, the Department is hereby renumbering this rule section to bring it into conformance with the other rules that implement Chapter 4 of Title 28 of the NYC Administrative Code.

Effective Date: 
Thu, 07/31/2014

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

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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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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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Agency:
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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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 proposed 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.  
 
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