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Safety & Enforcement

The Department of Buildings is committed to promoting safe and compliant construction and improving quality of life for all New Yorkers. Since 2008, the Department has enacted more than 25 new laws designed to increase safety at construction sites. New regulations include a ban on smoking at construction sites, registration with the Department for contractors performing certain types of construction, demolition and concrete work and uniform color-coding of sprinkler and standpipes.

Chapter 33 of the New York City Construction Codes outlines safeguards required during construction and demolition work.
Chapter 33 (PDF) of the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.
Operation Policy and Procedure Notice 11/87 (PDF)
Operation Policy and Procedure Notice 15/91 (PDF)

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