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Air Pollution

Despite significant improvements over the last decade, air pollution in New York City is still a significant environmental threat. 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. OneNYC is the City’s unified strategy to bolster economic development, improve the environment, fight inequality 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. 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
Equipment Approval Directive
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
Guide to Requirements for Dry Cleaners
Air Code Violation Penalties




Air Permitting Online Application Forms
• Boilers / Water Heaters
• Industrial Processes / Generators / Dry Cleaning
• Demolition Forms

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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 Pollution from Commercial Char Broilers
Commercial char broilers throughout the five boroughs emit an estimated 1,400 tons of particulate matter per year. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene estimates that those emissions contributed to more than 12% of PM2.5-attributable premature deaths annually in 2005 to 2007 or 400 deaths per year in that period; if all commercial char broilers had had control technology installed, the reduction in ambient PM2.5 concentrations could have prevented nearly 350 of these premature deaths each year.
Commercial Char Broiler Rule
Commercial Char Broiler Certification Form
Approved Under Fired Technology
Approved Chain Driven Technology
Char Broiler Registration Instruction
Char Broiler Registration Form




Air Pollution from Commercial Cook Stoves
Cook stoves used at food service establishments shall be equipped with an emission control device for odors, smoke and particulates that meets the requirements of rules established by the department. This rule will reduce particulate matter released into the environment, which is a known cause of asthma and other respiratory complications.
Approved Commercial Cook Stove Technology
Commercial Cook Stove Rule
Commercial Cook Stove Certification Form




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 FY 2016—Cover Letter
Local Law Air Reports FY 2016
Local Law 77 Air Report FY 2016—Cover Letter and Report
Local Law Air Reports FY 2015—Cover Letter
Local Law Air Reports FY 2015
Local Law Air Reports FY 2015—Cover Letter 77 and 39
Local Law Air Reports LL 77
Local Law Air Reports LL 39
Local Law Air Reports FY 2014—Cover Letter
Local Law Air Reports FY 2014
Local Law 77 Air Report FY 2014

Strategy 2011-2014