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Fire Egress Rules

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Rule status: Proposed


Comment by date: July 25, 2024

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The New York City Loft Board (Loft Board) is proposing to amend its rules. The amendments will require compliance with basic fire protection laws prior to removal of a building from the Loft Board’s jurisdiction and impose a fine when compliance is not achieved.

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July 18, 2024
1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT


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New York New York 10007

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Online comments: 3

  • TaxFax

    Will this apply to elected officials as well? CM Darlene Mealy seems to be able to avoid paying HPD fines. Will someone in her role also be able to avoid these fire protection requirements? See her building at 869 Herkimer St which has $17K in past due HPD enforcement issues.

    Comment added July 7, 2024 5:26pm
  • Lee in Brooklyn

    I live and work in a loft law covered building that has been through most of the process of legalization with oversight by the Loft Board and the DOB. Clearly fire issues have been addressed in the plan for the legalization of our building. I’ve seen evidence of this in sprinkler work that has been done and fire alarm system installed. However I saw little or no alterations done to the interior stairways which are now considered fire egress. They were isolated from the rest of the building by fire breaks and are well serviced with sprinklers, but the staircases were designed in the early 1900s and probably should be assessed for safety, especially as they would be used in a smokey dark emergency. Other aspects of the building were regulated in the legalization process to be ADA adaptable and ADA accessible, but not the stairways. I support more stringent oversight of fire egress in the legalization process, especially if this is done by the loftboard in an effort to ensure that loft tenants end up in safe spaces.

    Comment added July 17, 2024 5:15pm
  • Tenants

    The stairs in our building that would be used for egress are frequently blocked with construction materials and trash. They are also quite old and slanted in places. There definitely needs to be more stringent requirements for stairs to qualify as proper fire egress.

    Comment added July 18, 2024 1:07pm