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Commissioner Robert LiMandri

This week marks our sixth annual Construction Safety Week, an important time each year when we meet with hundreds of industry members throughout the City, identify new building trends and discuss the best ways to stay safe on the job site.

Joined by the FDNY, DEP and other City agencies, we are hosting seminars in each of the five boroughs and discussing important construction safety topics, ranging from maintaining safety on stalled sites to mitigating the dangers of high-rise construction.

We also are visiting construction sites to promote safe practices, offering training to workers and joining with the five Borough Presidents to meet with community members in each borough to hear their concerns about construction in their neighborhood.

So far this year, serious construction-related accidents continue to remain low, which proves that development and safety can go together.

In addition to new laws and more enforcement, we have focused on increasing our outreach to the industry and the public, including issuing advisories when inclement weather is forecast. You can sign up on our website to receive these alerts.

Safety education is the key to preventing accidents, and that's why participating this week is so critical to protecting your workers and this City.

Stay safe,

Robert LiMandri

Filing Changes

There are several important filing changes that become effective in May. See changes outlined below and keep reading Buildings News for updates.

New Street Tree Required Items
May 3 
Applicants are now required to submit a street tree site plan to the Parks Department for review and approval. New street tree required items will apply to New Building, Alteration 1 and Alteration 2 Enlargement applications filed on or after May 3.
Learn more

New Records Management Fees
May 10 
All jobs filed with the Buildings Department will be subject to new records management fees beginning May 10.
Learn more

PW2 Revision - Concrete Operations
May 10 
Currently, a permit cannot be issued for work that will involve concrete operations if applicable concrete-related requirements have not been met. The Department is revising the permitting process and the PW2 Form to allow permits for non-concrete operations to be issued prior to fulfilling concrete-related requirements.

New OP49 Form
May 17 
To support changes to the filing process for low pressure boiler inspections, the Department is updating the OP 49 Form. The updated version of the form must be used beginning May 17.
Learn more
Service Updates
Concrete Safety Manager
The Department is now accepting applications for
Concrete Safety Manager registration.
View Registration Notice
Learn How to Register
Download the Concrete Safety Manager Inspection Checklist

Hudson Yards Parking
Approval of proposed parking for New Building and Alteration
Type 1 projects in the Hudson Yards, Clinton and Garment districts is now required from the City Planning Commission.
Learn more

Boiler Inspections
Beginning May 15, there are several new requirements
that must be followed when filing annual low pressure boiler reports. The 2010 inspection cycle is currently underway.
Filing Changes Service Notice
Fee & Penalty Chart

Standpipe & Sprinkler Laws
New standpipe and sprinkler piping laws are now in effect.

Earthwork Notification
Contractors performing underpinning or rock blasting
as part of earthwork must include the approximate date these activities will commence when notifying the Department.
Learn more

Keep reading Buildings News for new information and updates.

Green Owners' Forum

Cypress Hills
HPD Green Owners' Forum

Want to learn more about the City's green initiatives? Come to a Green Owners' Forum hosted by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to meet with representatives from City agencies and local non-profits. Buildings Department experts will be on hand to discuss ways to go green and new programs at the Department that encourage sustainable living. The forum will be held:

April 29, 2010
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Intermediate School 302
350 Lindwood Street


Did You Know... that you can find tips on how to go green on the Department's website?  In the "Sustainability" section, you can learn more about installing white roofs and microturbines, find information about tax abatements for green roofs and solar panels and learn about the City's bicycle access laws.
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April 29, 2010