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2009 Buildings Bulletins

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2009 Buildings Bulletins

Issuance
Date

Type/
Bulletin #

Relevant Code Sections

Purpose

February 9, 2009

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin 2009-001

AC 28-415
BC 3201.8 (definition of sign)
BC H102.1 (definition of sign)
28 401.3 (definition of sign)

This document is provided to clarify the means of measuring the size and weight of signs that may be erected by a licensed sign hanger.

March 13, 2009

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin 2009-002

MDL 4.35
(definition of height)
MDL 4.36 (definition of story)
MDL 211 (height and bulk)

This document clarifies the Department of Buildings' authority to waive or modify prescriptive provisions of the Multiple Dwelling Law ("MDL") or import definitions of terms such as "height" and "story" from the building code into the MDL.

April 3, 2009

Zoning/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-003

ZR 23-89 (open area requirements),
ZR 23-52 (rear yards; special provisions for shallow interior lots)

This document clarifies whether or not open area requirements applicable for multiple residential buildings developed on a single zoning lot in all R1 through R5 districts may be reduced if the subject zoning lot is a shallow interior lot.

April 3, 2009

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin 2009-004

Superseded by:
Technical/Buildings Bulletin 2010-028

PC 1003.3
15 RCNY 19-11

This document clarifies the compliance requirements for grease traps and grease interceptors, and serves to remind that such devices are also subject to the applicable requirements of the Department of Environmental Protection.

April 3, 2009

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin 2009-005

MC 504.1
FGC 614.1

This document clarifies that only electric clothes dryers may be exempt from exhausting to the outside of a building

April 7, 2009

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin 2009-006

BC 903

This document is a reference guide to the automatic sprinkler system requirements of Chapter 9 of the Building Code

April 7, 2009

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-007

BC 903.2.13

This document clarifies additional fire suppression requirements as referenced by Section BC 903.2.13

April 7, 2009

Zoning/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-008

ZR 61-20
ZR 73-66

This document clarifies that any application that would cause any portion of a new building, enlargement or other projection to exceed the "airport referenced imaginary surfaces" as defined in ZR 61-30 shall not be approved by the Department unless a special permit has been granted by the Board of Standards and Appeals.

June 4, 2009

Operational/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-009

Rescinded by:
Technical/
Buildings Bulletin
2014-024
 

AC 28 101.4.2
AC 28 101.5
AC 28 105.2

This document clarifies the acceptance criteria for the applications for construction document approval under the 1968 Building Code submitted between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009.

June 15, 2009

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-010

BC 3307.7

This document clarifies the requirements of and establishes the procedures for an alternate material that can be utilized for temporary construction fences.

June 30, 2009

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-011

BC 1704.4
BC 1906.1.1
BC 1906.1.2
BC 1906.2
BC 3301.7
BC 3305.3

This document clarifies the requirements for using existing structures to support the weight of concrete during placement and the inspection procedures and requirements for such concrete placement.

July 1, 2009

Operational/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-012

LL 21/09
AC 28-104.9

This document establishes construction document submittal procedures for work in Tidal Wetlands, Freshwater Wetlands, and Coastal Erosion Hazard Areas.

July 29, 2009

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-013

RS16 P110.2
RS16 P110.13
RS16 P113.6
RS16 P113.9
AC 28-103.20
BC 1704.20.1
PC 104.2
PC 1111.1

This document clarifies that Reference Standard 16 pertaining to the installation of drywells for the onsite disposal of storm water shall remain in effect following the effective date of the 2008 New York City Construction Codes.

August 27, 2009

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-014

AC 28-116.2.2
AC 27-607(a)
BC 1713.1
BC 1905.6
ACI 214.4R-03
ASTM C803-03
ASTM C805-08

To evaluate the condition of the concrete in structures where the testing performed on the concrete by the testing laboratory has been identified as questionable, and thus must be supplemented by additional testing and evaluation.

September 1, 2009

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-015

Superseded by:
Technical/Buildings Bulletin 2011-004

AC 28-113
EC Chapter 6
BC Chapter 16

This document establishes a protocol for acceptance criteria development, testing and approval of wind turbine product assemblies.

September 1, 2009

Operational/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-016

General City Law-36(2)
AC 28-108.2
AC 28-108.3
AC 19-113
AC 19-115
FC  503.8.2

This document clarifies that all applications that involve altering the existing horizontal curb alignment of the street must be reviewed by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT).

September 15, 2009

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-017

BC 1704.15.2
MC 926
AC 24-232

This document clarifies the means of determining noise output by exterior mechanical equipment when in proximity to a habitable room window, and the special inspection requirement for mechanical equipment noise.

October 6, 2009

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-018

High-rise buildings
BC 403
BC 403.12

Smoke control (Atriums)
BC 404.4

Supervisory service (Fire protection systems)
BC 901
BC 901.6

Automatic sprinkler systems
BC 903.4

Standpipe systems
BC 905.9

Fire alarm and detection systems
BC 907
BC 907.2
BC 907.7
BC 907.9
BC 907.10
BC 907.14

Smoke control systems
BC 909
BC 909.5
BC 909.12
BC 909.16
BC 909.17

Fire command center
BC 911
BC 911.1

Postfire smoke purge systems
BC 912
BC 912.2

Doors, gates and turnstiles
BC 1008
BC 1008.1

Hoistway venting
BC 3004.6

Emergency operation and signaling devices
BC K101.1 (§2.27)

Smoke control systems
MC 513.12
MC 513.16

Smoke detection systems control
MC 606
MC 606.4

Buildings Bulletin
2008-004

This document is provided as a reference guide for the design, installation, operation, and testing of fire alarm systems in high-rise buildings.

October 20, 2009

OTCR/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-019

BC 1704.13
BC 1913
MC 1210.3

This bulletin establishes acceptance criteria for adhesive anchoring systems installed in concrete elements as alternative materials in the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

October 22, 2009

OTCR/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-020

BC 803.2.2
BC 1404.11
BC 1604
BC 1704
BC 1805.5
BC 1901.2
BC 2603.4
BC 2603.5.6

This bulletin establishes acceptance criteria for stay-in-place, foam plastic insulating concrete form (ICF) systems as alternative materials to the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

October 29, 2009

OTCR/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-021

BC 1704.13
BC 1913
MC 1210.3

This bulletin establishes acceptance criteria for screw anchoring systems installed in concrete elements as alternative materials in the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

November 19, 2009

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-022

AC 28-101.4.3
BC 907
BC Q105.1

This document clarifies the types of work involving an existing fire alarm system, designed and approved under the 1968 building code or prior codes, which are subject to the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

November 19, 2009

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-023

BC 907.2.9
BC K 101.1 (2.27.3.2.1)

This document clarifies the exception provided for smoke detectors in elevator lobbies and elevator machine rooms in buildings in Occupancy Group R-2.  

December 1, 2009

Zoning/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-024

ZR 12-10 (definition of Predominantly built-up area)
ZR 123-61 (Special Mixed Use Districts, Special Bulk Regulations, General Provisions)

This document clarifies whether or not “a predominantly built up area” as defined in Section 12-10 of the New York City Zoning Resolution (“ZR”), may be located in a Special Mixed Use District (“MX”) as defined by ZR 123-00.

December 1, 2009

Operational/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-025

AC 28-118.3.1
AC 28-118.3.2
AC 28-101.4.3
BC 302.1
BC 303.1 Exception 2

This document clarifies the requirement for a new or amended Certification of Occupancy for alterations to a small, existing establishment.

December 3, 2009

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-026

BC 1704.4
BC 1905.6.1
BC 1905.6.2
BC 1905.6.3.1
BC 1905.6.3.2

This document clarifies the requirement of special inspection and field and laboratory testing of cast-in-place concrete.

December 23, 2009

OTCR/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-027

AC 28-113
MC 301.4
MC 301.6
MC 304.1
MC 506.1
MC 506.3.6
MC 506.3.10
MC 506.3.1.1

This document establishes acceptance criteria for factory-built grease duct as an alternative material in the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

December 23, 2009

OTCR/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-028

Supersedes by:
OTCR/Buildings Bulletins 2012-011 

AC 28-113
BC 1704.13 (Item 1)
BC 1704.25
BC 712.3.1
BC 716
MC 607

This document establishes acceptance criteria for fire-rated flexible duct wrap insulation as an alternative material in the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

December 23, 2009

OTCR/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-029

Supersedes by:
OTCR/Buildings Bulletins 2012-011

AC 28-113
BC 1704.13 (Item1)
BC 1704.25
BC 712
BC 716
BC 712.3.1
MC 607

This document establishes acceptance criteria for fire-rated rigid air duct ventilation assembly as an alternative material to the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

December 23, 2009

Zoning/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-030

Rescinded by:
Technical/
Buildings Bulletin
2014-024

ZR 35-53 (Modification of Rear Yard Requirements)
ZR 23-42 (Level of Yards)
ZR 12-10 (definition of “mixed building”)

This document clarifies the level at which a residential rear yard is required for a mixed building when applying ZR 35-53 to modify rear yard requirements.

December 30, 2009

Operational/
Buildings Bulletin 2009-031

AC 28-106.1
15 RCNY 1-23

This document clarifies the asbestos certification requirements of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

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