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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 The Department of Finance is proposing rules related to Local Law 97 of 2013, Local Law 95 of 2015 and Local Law 97 of 2015.

 The Sensible Tobacco Enforcement Law (“STE Law”) (Local Law 97 of 2013) amended Titles 11 and 17 of the New York City Administrative Code (“Code”).  The law added new tobacco violations to Title 17 of the Code and authorized the Department of Finance (“Department”) to enforce these new and other existing tobacco violations, including the issuance of Summonses (also known as Notices of Violation).  The STE Law also authorized the Commissioner of Finance (“Commissioner”) to establish an adjudicative body or select an administrative tribunal to adjudicate these violations and to promulgate rules relating to such violations under Title 17 of the Code.  Additionally, the STE Law amended Titles 11 and 20 of the Code to authorize the Commissioner and the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs to order the sealing of premises when multiple violations within a prescribed period occur on the premises.

Thereafter, Local Law 97 of 2015 amended Title 10 of the Code by adding a new § 10-203, which prohibits the manufacture, distribution or sale, and the possession with intent to sell, of any synthetic cannabinoid or synthetic phenethylamine (known as “synthetic marijuana” or “K2”).  Among other things, Local Law 97 of 2015 imposed civil penalties for the violation of these prohibitions.  Local Law 95 of 2015 amended this new § 10-203 by authorizing the suspension or revocation a cigarette dealer’s license for violating § 10-203. The civil penalties set forth in the law may be adjudicated in a proceeding before a tribunal established within the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (“OATH”) or within an agency designated to conduct such proceedings.  The Department is authorized by this local law to establish rules to carry out its provisions.

Effective Date: 
Sun, 07/23/2017

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: 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

On May 11, 2016, Chapter 43 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York, establishing a penalty schedule for violations of the Air Code, took effect. It has since been discovered that there is an error in the penalty schedule.

Administrative Code Section 24-169, which prohibits the use, purchase, sale, offer, storage or transport of fuel with excess sulfur content, is listed in the penalty schedule with the incorrect subdivision. The schedule should include § 24-169(a) and § 24-169(b) but not § 24-169(c), which is not a charging section. The amounts of the penalties are set forth correctly, and remain unchanged.

Subject: 

DEP Amendments to the Penalty Schedule for Violations of the Air Code

Location: 
DEP 11 Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Blvd 11 Floor Conference Room
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

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

No contact

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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
Contact: 

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

Background

Administrative Code § 17-194 provides that any owner of a building that has a water tank as part of its drinking water supply system must have it inspected at least once annually and requires the inspection to comply with applicable provisions of the New York City Health Code (“Health Code”). Inspection results must be recorded in a manner prescribed by the Commissioner of the Department.

Article 141 of the Health Code regulates certain aspects of the purity and sanitary condition of the City’s potable water supply, including roof top water storage tanks. Water for thousands of New York City buildings is kept in these types of tanks. Health Code §141.07 (“Building Drinking Water Storage Tanks”) requires that these tanks be inspected annually and that the person in control of a building using  water storage tanks keep copies of the inspection records and make them available to the Department upon request.

Owners of buildings with water tanks are required to report annually to the Department the fact that the tanks have been inspected. Requiring annual reporting promotes building owner compliance with the inspection mandate and facilitates the Department’s ability to monitor compliance.  Data from these reports will be made publically available. 

Administrative Code provisions.  Administrative Code § 17-194, enacted as Local Law 11 for the year 2009, provides for the annual inspections of water tanks, with results to be recorded in accordance with Department rules, maintained for five years from the date of inspection, and made available to the Department within five business days of receiving a request. Administrative Code § 17-194(e) allows for penalties of $250 to $1,000 per violation for violations of Administrative Code § 17-194 (b), and for a maximum of $250 per violation for violations of Administrative Code § 17-194 (c).  This proposed rule would set the penalties for these violations within those ranges.

§ 17-194(b) requires that tanks be inspected annually for compliance with applicable laws; results of inspections be recorded in a manner prescribed by the Commissioner; results of inspections be maintained for five years; and results of inspections be made available to the Department within five business days of being requested.

§ 17-194 (c) requires  a building owner to post a notice in a building informing tenants how to obtain the results of inspections.

Health Code provisions.   Health Code Article 141 (“Drinking Water”) supports maintenance of the purity and sanitary condition of the City’s potable water supply. Health Code §141.07 regulates building drinking water storage tanks as follows:

§141.07 (b) requires that owners and other persons in control of buildings serviced by water storage tanks annually inspect the physical condition of tanks and sample tank water for bacteriological quality.   

§141.07(c)  requires written reports of these inspections to be maintained for at least five years, and provided to the Department within five business days of a request by the Department. As of January 1, 2015, documentation of the inspections must be submitted to the Department, indicating whether the results of the inspection were satisfactory.

§141.07(d) requires a building owner to post a notice in a building informing tenants how to obtain the results of inspections.

§141.07(e) requires owners to immediately correct any unsanitary conditions identified in the water tank inspections; to clean the tank when indicated in accordance with Health Code §141.09; and to report any unsatisfactory findings in bacteriological sampling to the Department within 24 hours of receipt of such findings.

§141.07(f) provides that failure to submit reports to the Department when requested, or failure to submit the required annual documentation of an inspection, is prima facie evidence that no inspection was done at that time, and that separate violations may be issued for each year for which a required inspection report was not submitted.  

§141.09 (“Building Water Tank Cleaning, Painting and Coating”) requires that when water storage tanks are cleaned, painted  or coated, that work be done in accordance with industry standards, incorporating appropriate disinfection processes, by a duly qualified person or entity.  

Department rules.  In April 2015, the Department adopted a new Chapter 31 (“Drinking Water Tank Inspections”) of Title 24 RCNY.   Section 31-02(a) of this new chapter requires building owners or their agents to report the results of the annual inspections of their drinking water storage tanks to the Department no later than January 15th of the following year.   

Proposed Changes

The proposed rule amends Chapter 31 to establish a penalty schedule for sustained violations adjudicated at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings of the City of New York (OATH).

Notices of violations will be written, and penalties will be requested for each violation related to each drinking water tank in a building, for each year to which the violation applies.  A new section 31-03 provides that penalties set forth in Appendix 31-A must be imposed for sustained violations. Violations related to record keeping will be $250, to be doubled to $500 if the owner or other person served with a notice of violation or a summons fails to appear at a hearing and is found in default. Penalties for failure to conduct inspections and to clean tanks, report conditions or otherwise correct violations are established at $500, and doubled if the owner or other person served with a notice of violation or a summons fails to appear at a hearing and is found in default to $1,000.

Statutory Authority

These amendments to Chapter 31 of Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York are authorized under §§ 556 and 1043 of the Charter; § 17-194 of the Administrative Code; and §141.07 of the Health Code.  Pursuant to § 556 of the Charter, the Department has jurisdiction to regulate all matters affecting health in the City, and specifically to supervise and regulate the purity and public health aspects of the water supplied in the City. Section 1043 of the Charter gives the Department rulemaking powers. Administrative Code § 17-194(b) and Health Code §141.07(b) authorize the Commissioner of the Department to adopt rules for annual water tank inspection recording and reporting.

Subject: 

Penalties for violation of requirements relating to building drinking water tanks

Location: 
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Gotham Center
42-09 28 Street 3rd Floor, Room 3-32
Queens, NY 11101
Contact: 

Svetlana Burdeynik at (347) 396-6078 or resolutioncomments@health.nyc.gov

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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

The Department of Buildings is adopting changes regarding the classification of certain violations to reflect the requirements of Local Law 77 of 2015 and the 2014 updates to the NYC Construction Codes.

Local Law 77 of 2015, enacted on August 18, 2015, adds requirements for registration, discontinuance, removal, inspection, testing, cleaning, disinfecting and maintenance of cooling towers. Some of the amendments to rule 102-01 add new infractions to address the new cooling tower requirements. 

The 2014 updates to the NYC Construction Codes amended 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 and brought these codes up to date with the 2009 editions of the International Building, Mechanical, Fuel Gas and Plumbing Codes. 

The updates amended some requirements, added new requirements and renumbered existing sections of these codes.  Rule 102-01 is amended to reflect some of these changes by:

  • updating sections of the Administrative Code,
  • updating descriptions to the table of classifications,
  • deleting some existing violations that no longer apply or could be combined with existing descriptions, and
  • adding new violations and their classifications.

These infractions relate to:

  • Failure to provide pedestrian protection for sidewalks and walkways.
  • Failure to obey a vacate order.

In addition, the description and section of law of one charge is amended to cover all buildings or open lots which are being occupied without a valid Certificate of Occupancy.  The current charge and cited section apply only to new buildings built under the 2008 Construction Codes.  This description relates to:

  • Buildings occupied without a valid certificate of occupancy.

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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Effective Date: 
Thu, 02/18/2016

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Under the Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP), the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) identifies the most distressed buildings in need of repair and systems replacement, and monitors the progress of owners towards correcting Housing Maintenance Code violations or corrects the violations itself.  Pursuant to section 27-2153 of the New York City Administrative Code, HPD is authorized to revise the criteria used to select buildings for participation in the program and does so in Chapter 36 of Title 28 of the Rules of the City of New York. 

The adopted rules amend those criteria to increase the look-back period from three years to five years for violations and paid or unpaid emergency repair charges.  The look-back period is the interval of time in the past during which violations or charges accrued for the purposes of identifying buildings for participation in the AEP.  The increase would apply beginning in the eighth year of the program.

Distress in a building can be acute or the result of a long period of neglect.  The current look-back period allows HPD to identify buildings experiencing acute or short term distress.  The adopted changes allow HPD to also include in the AEP buildings experiencing a slow but steady decline in conditions over time. The changes will also increase the cost effectiveness of the AEP by addressing conditions before they become acute and more expensive to correct.  

Effective Date: 
Wed, 11/26/2014

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

Local Law Number 153 (LL 153) for the year 2013 amended various sections of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, including two sections in the Air Pollution Control Code (24-165 and 24-166) and one section in the Noise Control Code (24-227). The amendments to Sections 24-165, 24-166 and 24-227 made by LL 153 give respondents an opportunity to avoid paying a civil penalty for a first violation of these sections if they admit liability and provide a certification that demonstrates that they have cured the violation within a forty-five day time period.

 

LL 153 requires the Commissioner of the DEP to promulgate rules that prescribe the information and documentation needed for a respondent to certify that he or she has permanently corrected a violation issued under Section 24-165, 24-166 or 24-227. A certification of compliance is necessary for the Commissioner to recommend that no monetary penalty be imposed for a first violation of these sections.

 

Consistent with the above, DEP promulgates the following new rule, to be found at 15 RCNY Chapter 36.

 

This rule is authorized by Section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and sections 24-165(g), 24-166(c), and 24-227(d) of the Administrative Code.

Effective Date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Proposed Rules Content: 

Local Law Number 153 (LL 153) for the year 2013 amended various sections of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, including two sections in the Air Pollution Control Code (24-165 and 24-166) and one section in the Noise Control Code (24-227). The amendments to Sections 24-165, 24-166 and 24-227 made by LL 153 give respondents an opportunity to avoid paying a civil penalty for a first violation of these sections if they admit liability and provide a certification that demonstrates that they have cured the violation within a forty-five day time period.

 

LL 153 requires the Commissioner of the DEP to promulgate rules that prescribe the information and documentation needed for a respondent to certify that he or she has permanently corrected a violation issued under Section 24-165, 24-166 or 24-227. A certification of compliance is necessary for the Commissioner to recommend that no monetary penalty be imposed for a first violation of these sections.

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Location: 
DEP 8th Floor Conference Room
59-17 Junction Boulevard 8th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
Contact: 

No contact

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