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Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, November 26, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The proposed rule amends portions of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Section 102-04 to ensure that the specified civil penalties conform with Local Laws 156 and 158 of 2017 with regard to penalties related to work without a permit.

The Department of Buildings’ authority for this rule is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, and sections 28-213.1.1, 28-213.1.2 and 28-213.6 of the New York City Administrative Code.


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Location: 
Spector Hall, 1st floor
22 Reade Street
New York, NY 10007
Contact: 

No contact

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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The rule amends 1 RCNY §102-01 by adding approximately twenty-one 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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Effective Date: 
Sat, 11/10/2018

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule 

The Department of Buildings (DOB) is adopting this rule to establish regulations for rigging equipment and rigging operations.  Rigging consists of the system of ropes, slings, hooks, and other hardware used to secure loads while they are being lifted or lowered by a crane or other hoisting machine.

The rule adopts national model standards published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for rigging hardware, hooks, below-the-hook lifting devices, and slings.  Additional New York City specific provisions are also adopted.  Provisions for inspections, record keeping, and equipment identification are added to create a framework to verify compliance with the ASME standards.  Restrictions on repairs, alterations, and modifications are added to ensure these activities are performed in accordance with manufacturer requirements.  Other specific precautions for rigging operations and certain types of rigging equipment are adopted to prohibit practices that have led to past rigging failures in New York City.

Adoption of ASME rigging standards, with New York City modifications, was recommended by 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 (TWG recommendation #8).

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and sections 3316.9 and 3319.9 of the New York City Building Code.

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Effective Date: 
Fri, 11/09/2018

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

 

The purpose of these rule amendments is to update requirements for the posting of information about elevator carrying capacity, and the detection and regulation of overloaded elevators. 

 

The rule:

  • adds a new requirement regarding posting of the number of persons permitted on a passenger elevator at one time;
  • adds a new requirement that the weight required for a balanced load be indicated on the data plate; and
  • adds a new rule regarding detection of overload on passenger and freight elevators.

 

The rule adds a new section 3610-05 to Title 1 of the RCNY to update the provisions of section 2.16 of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (“ASME”) standard A17.1-2000, and to add requirements for the information provided on plates.  Further, the rule adds language regarding detection of overload on passenger and freight elevators in order to improve public safety.

 

The Department of Buildings’ authority for this rule 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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Effective Date: 
Fri, 09/28/2018

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

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
Contact: 

No contact

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

The Department of Buildings (DOB) is proposing this rule to establish regulations for rigging equipment and rigging operations.  Rigging consists of the system of ropes, slings, hooks, and other hardware used to secure loads while they are being lifted or lowered by a crane or other hoisting machine.

 

The proposed rule adopts national model standards published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for rigging hardware, hooks, below-the-hook lifting devices, and slings.  Additional New York City specific provisions are also proposed.  Provisions for inspections, record keeping, and equipment identification are proposed to create a framework to verify compliance with the ASME standards.  Restrictions on repairs, alterations, and modifications are provided to ensure these activities are performed in accordance with manufacturer requirements.  Other specific precautions for rigging operations and certain types of rigging equipment are proposed to prohibit practices that have led to past rigging failures in New York City.

 

Adoption of ASME rigging standards, with New York City modifications, was recommended by 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 (TWG recommendation #8).

 

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and sections 3316.9 and 3319.9 of the New York City Building 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 Department of Buildings (DOB) is adding a new rule to make corrections to the reference standard ASHRAE 90.1, as identified in Appendix CA of the Energy Conservation Code, and to clarify modeling methodology for lighting and pump controls.

 

Specifically, the rule:

  • Adds a new section 5000-02 regarding lighting control requirements under American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (“ASHRAE”) 90.1 to Title 1 of the RCNY,
  • Adds clarifying language to Section 9.4.1.1, item c, which was omitted due to typographical error.  The requirement for occupancy controls for open plan offices was added by the City, but the requirement for partial automatic ON was intended to be exempted,
  • Updates the requirements of Table 9.6.1 to conform it to the requirements of ASHRAE standard 90.1-2013.  These control requirements were omitted from Local Law 91 of 2016 due to typographical error,
  • Further clarifies certain modeling requirements based on published addenda to ASHRAE 90.1-2013, 
  • Revises Section 4.2 to clarify that Appendix G is allowed for additions and alterations, and Section 11 is allowed for alterations,
  • Revises Table G3.1, number 6, Lighting, to correct an inconsistency in modeling the lighting baseline requirements for not yet designed spaces and add details on modeling lighting controls,
  • Revises Table G3.1.1-4 to modify a footnote to be consistent with the modeling approach of setting the baseline heat fuel source by climate zone,
  • Revises Sections G3.1.3.5, G3.1.3.10 and G3.1.3.11 to provide more detail for the baseline model with regard to pumps, and
  • Revises Table G3.7 to clarify the allowable reduction in lighting LPD when applying occupancy controls to the baseline lighting.

 

Effective Date: 
Sun, 08/05/2018

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The Department of Buildings (DOB) is updating Chapter 3300 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York by amending 1 RCNY §3310-02 to promote publicsafety by increasing  the experience requirements for Concrete Safety Managers who oversee the concrete portion of building projects that involve pouring at least 2,000 cubic yards of concrete.  The amended rule applies prospectively to all new Concrete Safety Managers, and to all renewals.

 

The rule also clarifies that Concrete Safety Managers’ registrations and renewals are subject to the provisions of Article 401 of Chapter 4 of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code.  This will allow the Department to hold Concrete Safety Managers to the same standards as licensees.

 

DOB’s authority for this rule is found in Section 643 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and section 3310.9.1 of the New York City Building Code.

 

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Effective Date: 
Sat, 07/28/2018

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

 

The Department of Buildings (DOB) is amending Section 103-06 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York relating to the annual reporting of energy and water use by individual “covered” buildings. This change will require approximately 16,000 more buildings in the City to report on their energy and water use.  The amendments will:

 

 1) Expand the reporting requirements to include buildings that exceed 25,000 gross square feet. The current rule applies only to buildings that exceed 50,000 gross square feet; 

 

 2) Allow these newly covered buildings the option to have their data entered by their utility company;

 

 3) Clarify the reporting deadlines for newly covered buildings;

 

 4) Permit certain properties to challenge violations if they can prove they timely requested benchmarking assistance and demonstrate correction of the violation within the specified period of time,

 

 5) Clarify the method of reporting data under certain special conditions; discontinue the use of “default energy data” and “temporary energy data” reporting.

 

 

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Effective Date: 
Wed, 06/06/2018

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

This rule amends portions of 1 Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) §§ 101-02 and 101-07 to allow Approved Elevator Agency Directors, rather than Registered Design Professionals, to file elevator door monitoring work.  The rule also allows approved elevator inspection agencies, rather than DOB inspectors, to inspect the installation of elevator door monitoring systems. The Department makes these changes in order to reduce the burden on owners who must – pursuant to section 3.10.12 of chapter K3 of Appendix K of the New York City Building Code – retrofit existing elevators to include elevator door monitoring systems by January 1, 2020. 

 

This rule also corrects a citation error in 1 RCNY § 101-07.

 

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

 

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Effective Date: 
Sun, 05/20/2018

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