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Air Pollution

Air pollution in New York City is a significant environmental threat which contributes to an estimated 6% of annual deaths. Improving our city’s air quality is a difficult task because there are many types of air pollutants that can come from millions of sources, inside and outside city boundaries. PlaNYC was released in 2007 and is the city’s unified strategy to bolster economic development, improve the environment, and better the quality of life for all New Yorkers. The plan sets the ambitious goal to “achieve the cleanest air quality of any big U.S. city” by the year 2030 and since the release of PlaNYC the city has made significant strides toward achieving this goal. Along with air quality initiatives by other City agencies, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for updating and enforcing the Air Pollution Control Code (Air Code) which has the goal to preserve, protect and improve the air resources of the city.

NYC Air Regulations and Rules
NYC Administrative Code - Air Code
Engineering Criteria Amendments - Boilers & Water Heaters
Engineering Criteria - Fossil Fuel Burning Boilers & Water Heaters
Final Heating Oil Rule Phasing Out #4 and #6 Oils by 2030
Local Law 43 – Biodiesel Fuel Requirement
Emergency Generator Rule Amendment
Revision of the NYC Air Pollution Control Code - Local Law 2013/145
Final Perc Rule
Dry Cleaning Rule – Posting Notice
Dry Cleaning Guide
Air Code Violation Penalties

Air Permitting Forms and Instruction

An index of all Air Code related forms sorted by category and alphabetically.

• Boilers/Water Heater Form
• Industrial Processes/Generator/Dry Cleaning Related Forms
• Demolition Form

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Air Pollution Monitoring
Both DEP and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) are involved, at times, in monitoring air pollution throughout the city.
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Air Pollutants in NYC
There are many various forms of air pollution that can negatively affect the health and quality of life of New Yorkers. The effects of air pollutants upon the city are different depending upon the type of pollutant and its source.
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Emissions from Building and Construction
Emissions from buildings and construction are a substantial source of air pollution in New York City. As our city continues to grow we need to make certain that the buildings we build and live in are operating in ways that support our quality of life.
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Emissions from Transportation
New York City is actively taking measures to reduce emissions from our motor vehicles and DEP is doing its part to update and enforce all pertinent rules.
Rules, Regulations & Required Forms
Local Law Air Reports FY2015 - Cover Letter
Local Law Air Reports FY2015
Local Law Air Reports FY2014 - Cover Letter
Local Law Air Reports FY2014
Local Law 77 Air Report FY2014

Strategy 2011-2014