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Update: Intro 1056-A Signed into Law by Former Mayor Bloomberg

Former Mayor Bloomberg signed Intro 1056-A into law as Local Law 141 of 2013 on Monday, December 30, 2013. The City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings passed Intro 1056-A On Thursday, December 19, 2013.

Former Mayor Bloomberg’s signature on this bill marks the culmination of the three-year revision cycle updating to the New York City Construction Codes (Administrative Provisions, Building, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Plumbing) to the 2009 I-Codes (International Code Council Codes).

Local Law 141 of 2013, in combination with Local Law 41 of 2012 (Plumbing revisions) reflects the hard work and dedication of over 300 participants including volunteer committee members, government employees, elected officials, representative stakeholders, industry professionals, and labor leaders.

Local Law 141 of 2013 will go into effect on October 1, 2014 except (i) that this local law shall not apply to construction work related to applications for construction document approval filed prior to such effective date (ii) sections 28-304.6.4, 28-304.6.5 and 28-304.6.6 of the administrative code of the city of New York as amended by section 61 of part A of this local law and sections 2 through 9 of this local law shall take effect immediately and (iii) section 403.5.2 of the New York city building code as added by section 1 of subpart 4 of part C of this local law shall take effect the later of 18 months after the date of enactment of this local law or the date of an amendment of the definition of floor area in the New York city zoning resolution providing for the exclusion of the floor area of the additional exit stairway and additional exit stairway width from the calculation of floor area for purposes of the New York city zoning resolution.

Update: Intro 1056 Public Hearing: June 25, 2013 @ 1pm

On Friday, June 9, 2013, a 3-volume bill (including revisions to the NYC Administrative Provisions, NYC Building Code, NYC Mechanical Code, NYC Fuel Gas Code, and NYC Plumbing Code) was delivered to the City Council. It was introduced as Intro 1056 at the Stated Meeting of the City Council on June 12, 2013 and was referred to the Committee on Housing and Buildings.

The Housing & Buildings Committee held a public hearing on Tuesday June 25, 2013 at 1pm in the 16th Floor Committee Room at 250 Broadway.

Update: Plumbing Code Revisions Local Law Signed by Former Mayor Bloomberg

On August 8, 2012, Mayor Bloomberg signed Local Law 41 of 2012, the Plumbing Code Revisions Bill (Intro 807A) into law. Click here to view the video from the bill signing.

The new law amends the NYC Plumbing Code by bringing it up to date with the 2009 edition of the International Plumbing Code and making amendments to the Code that reflect the unique character and needs of the City.

Local Law 41 of 2012 (Intro 807A) is the work product of the Plumbing Technical Committee and the Managing Committee. We thank the members of these committees for their expertise and tireless efforts, which have made these revisions possible.

Please note that this local law and the provisions contained therein, will become effective on the same effective date as Local Law 141 of 2013 (Intro 1056-A) which amends the NYC Building Code, Fuel Gas Code, Mechanical Code and the Administrative Provisions in Title 28.


Code Revisions

The New York City Construction Codes consist of four technical volumes – the New York City Building Code (BC), Plumbing Code (PC), Mechanical Code (MC) and the Fuel Gas Code (FGC) – and one administrative volume – the Administrative Code (Title 28), which contains permitting, licensing, fees and other provisions that apply universally to the four technical volumes.

Every three years, the New York City Construction Codes must be updated based upon the latest version of the International Code Council Codes (I-Codes). To this end, the Department has organized a series of committees (Technical, Managing & Advisory) to review the technical and administrative provisions of the Codes.


Revision Process & Committee Organization

Nine Technical committees are responsible for developing and reviewing technical amendments made to specific chapters of the New York City Construction Codes.  Technical committee participants are “experts” in the subject matter of their respective committee. The Managing committee is responsible for reviewing and accepting technical committee and advisory committee proposals regarding the technical and administrative provisions of the Codes. Advisory committees will be formed on an as needed basis to consider issues that fall outside of the normal review of a technical committee. After the Managing committee has finished its review, the NYC Law Department will format the revisions into bill format required for passage by the City Council.


Technical Committees

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Construction and Demolition Safety
Construction Requirements and Materials
Elevators and Conveyors
Fire Protection Systems
Mechanical, HVAC and Boilers
Plumbing
Structural
Use, Occupancy Classification and Egress


Managing Committee

The Managing Committee members include the chairs and co-chairs of the technical and advisory committees, as well as representatives of construction, labor, real estate, government, professional and other stakeholder organizations.  


Advisory Committees

Advisory committees will be formed (on an as needed basis) to consider issues that overlap the jurisdiction of technical committees or require a deeper level of analysis.

The Administrative & Enforcement Advisory Committee: This advisory committee consists of representative stakeholder organizations and city agencies providing revision recommendations for the administrative provisions of the Codes.

For additional information regarding the code revision process, please refer to the Revision Handbook.

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