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2008 Buildings Bulletins

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2008 Buildings Bulletins

Issuance
Date

Type/
Bulletin #

Relevant Code Sections

Purpose

June 26, 2008

Code Interpretation /
Buildings Bulletin 2008-001

BC 303.1
BC 508.3.1

This document is to clarify that accessory spaces used for assembly purposes with occupant loads of less than 75 are not subject to the 10% per story limits and are treated as the main occupancy for code purposes.

June 26, 2008

Code Interpretation /
Buildings Bulletin 2008-002

Prospectively Rescinded by:
Technical/
Buildings Bulletin
2014-023

BC 307.1
BC 307.7 (1) (Table)
BC 307.7 (2) (Table)
BC 414.1
BC 508.2.1

This document is to clarify 1) that Section BC 414 applies to all spaces that contain hazardous materials regardless of quantity of such materials and occupancy classification, and regardless of whether the space is an incidental use area, and 2) that spaces listed on Table 508.2 as incidental use areas are classified as a Group H occupancy if the quantities exceed those found in Tables 307.7(1) and 307.7(2).

June 26, 2008

Code Interpretation /
Buildings Bulletin 2008-003

BC 503.1
BC 505.1
ZR 12-10 (definition of floor area)

This document is to clarify that the floor area exemption in Section BC 505.1 for mezzanines applies only to the height and area limitations of Section BC 503.1, and does not serve as an exemption of floor area under the Zoning Resolution.

June 26, 2008

Code Interpretation /
Buildings Bulletin 2008-004

Prospectively Rescinded by:
Technical/
Buildings Bulletin
2014-023

BC 907.2.12.2

This document is to clarify the operation of emergency voice/communications systems, including that only live voice announcements by Fire Safety Directors or FDNY are permitted, except as may be provided for in I-1 and I-2 occupancies.

June 26, 2008

Code Interpretation /
Buildings Bulletin 2008-005

Prospectively Rescinded by:
Technical/
Buildings Bulletin
2014-023

PC412.3
PC 413.2
PC 417.3
PC 418.2
PC 704.2
PC 709.1 (Table)

This document is to resolve the apparent conflict between the minimum trap sizes of Table PC 709.1 and the minimum drain outlet diameters of Sections PC 412.3, 417.3, and 418.2 with regard to floor drains, sinks and showers.

June 26, 2008

Code Interpretation /
Buildings Bulletin 2008-006

T28 109.3
BC 911
BC K101.1 (§2.7.8.4)
BC K101.1 (§2.27.3.2.1(a), (b), (f)(2) and (f)(4))
MC 607.3.2.1

This document is to clarify that the term “Fire Command Station” is interpreted to mean “Fire Command Center”.

August 21, 2008

Legal /
Buildings Bulletin 2008-007

Caretaker's Apartment: ZR 12-10

Driveway/Frontage Space:
BC 501.3.1
BC 502.1 
ZR 25-21
ZR 25-30
ZR 36-20
ZR 36-30
ZR 44-20
AC 27-291
AC 27-232

Egress:
BC 1001
AC 27-354

Flood Zone
(1968 Code):
AC 27-292.1
AC 27-317.1 
AC 27-317.2
AC 27 RS 4-4
AC 27 RS 4-5
AC 27 RS 4-6

Flood Zone
(2008 Code):
G304.1.2(2)

Light and Air:
BC 1203.4
BC 1205.2
AC 27-732
AC 27-746

Lotline Windows:
BC 704.8
AC 27-280 (Table 3-4)

Off-street Parking:
ZR 25-55
ZR 36-45
ZR 44-34

Party Wall:
AC 28-301.1
BC 705
AC 27-332

Plumbing System:
PC 101
AC 27 RS 16

Student Dormitory:
1RCNY 51-01

To set forth procedures and requirements for the filing, review, approval and documentation of proposed easement agreements and restrictive declarations.

October 21, 2008

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin 2008-008

AC 27-292.10
BC 1109.12.3

This document serves as a reminder of the requirement of accessible service counters in banking institutions where customer service is provided.

October 29, 2008

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin 2008-009

BC 503 (Table)
BC 508.2
BC 508.3
BC 601 (Table)
BC 602 (Table)
BC 704
BC 803.5 (Table)
BC 804
BC 1004.1.2 (Table)
BC 1607.1 (Table)

This document provides a general guide for the occupancy classification of incidental use areas and accessory occupancies.

November 14, 2008

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin 2008-010

Prospectively Rescinded by:
Technical/
Buildings Bulletin
2014-023

BC 1213.3
1RCNY 24-01(d)

This document clarifies when a refuse chute may be omitted from a hotel.

November 21, 2008

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin 2008-011

Prospectively Rescinded by:
Technical/
Buildings Bulletin
2014-023

PC 106.6.1: Exception
PC 1101.2.1: Exception
BC 106.11: Exception

This document clarifies that the exception for providing drainage for impervious surfaces is applicable only where the resulting, final total impervious surfaces on the lot are 1,000 square feet or less.

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