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November 2016

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NYC Buildings Unveils Project Guidelines

NYC Buildings' new Project Guidelines were developed by the Department to provide an overview of job requirements and checklists for the construction industry. A collaborative effort between NYC Buildings and our industry partners, they provide information on tasks and responsibilities for construction jobs to be completed safely and in compliance with the Construction Codes. Owners, design professionals, skilled tradespeople, and registrants can search by specific project categories, and use these guidelines to help them navigate each step of their next job.

Project Guidelines Overview

Project Guidelines Categories

Living Safely Citywide Outreach Campaign Kicks Off

NYC Buildings representatives will be heading to transportation hubs across all five boroughs this December, handing out flyers and educating the public about the dangers of illegally converted living spaces. The Living Safely campaign is a multi-agency initiative, where over 12,000 flyers, available in 10 widely spoken languages in the City, will be distributed to New Yorkers.

Living Safely Campaign

Living Safely Flyer (English-Spanish)

Tips For Renters: Hot to Spot an Illegal Conversion

Home Energy Assistance Program Season is Here

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) season began on November 14th, providing low-income New Yorkers assistance in paying for heating bills, fuel costs, and equipment repairs. HEAP is also available to help those who may be in danger of running out of fuel or having utilities shut off.

Applying For HEAP Heating Assistance

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Overview

Winterizing Tips

NYC Buildings has 10 winterizing tips for homeowners and superintendents to prepare buildings for the winter, aimed at increasing energy efficiency and preventing weather damage.

Winterizing Tips

Disciplinary Cases

On October 26th, 2016 a Special Rigger was disciplined by the Department after a hoisting equipment failure led to workers needing to be rescued. It was determined that workers on the site did not have the proper Certificates of Fitness, a Rigging Foreman was not designated, and the hoisting equipment was not properly maintained. The Special Rigger was fined $12,500.

A Construction Superintendent was disciplined by the Department for failing to disclose a conviction. The Superintendent has agreed to a two-year-long probation, and was fined $12,500.

Additional Disciplinary Actions & Voluntary Surrenders

Industry Code of Conduct for Construction Professionals

Licensing Updates

How to Become a Licensed Master or Special Electrician

License Renewal: Master & Special Electrician

Applying For Construction Superintendent Registration

How to Become a NYC Licensed Master Sign Hanger

Department Approved Course Providers

Filing Representative Training Courses

Changes to Electrical License

Website Updates

Presentation: NYC Lift & Escalator Regulatory Landscape

DOB NOW: Inspection Service Levels

Project Guidelines Design Requirements: Standpipe

Limited Alteration Applications Filing Guide

Building a More Sustainable Future

Special Inspection Agency Registration Renewal

Job Postings

Sign up for Weather Alerts


Service Updates

Manhattan Gas Test And Gas Finish
Emergency Work Notification

Administrative Enforcement Unit
Changes in Available Services and Service Level Agreement

Electrical Application Review (ED16A)
Location Change

Changes to Elevator Door Monitoring System
Permit and Inspection

Gas Test and Gas Finish
Self-Certifications Ending in Manhattan

Counter Service
Protocol Reminder

After-Hours Variance Application Submissions
Accepted Online Only

Construction Trade Licenses
Deactivation Information

2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code
Effective 10.03.16

TR1 Form
Correction in Section 7

Buildings Bulletins

2016-015: Rescinds 22 Memoranda (memos), 1 letter, 2 directives, and 5 Operations Policy and Procedure Notices (OPPNs) that are no longer applicable under any code.

2016-016: Clarifies the code and zoning requirements for calculating an increase in impervious surface area of a site when using permeable paving systems or materials.

All Buildings Bulletins

Local Laws

Lighting System Upgrades

Local Law 134 of 2016 (effective 10.31.16) A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to upgrading lighting systems in certain buildings.

Expanded Energy Benchmarking

Local Law 133 of 2016 (effective 10.31.16) A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to expanding the list of buildings required to be benchmarked for energy and water efficiency.

Sub-Meters in Tenant Spaces

Local Law 132 of 2016 (effective 10.31.16) A Local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to the installation of sub-meters in certain tenant spaces.

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Local Law 79 of 2016 (effective 10.26.16) A local Law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, the New York City Plumbing Code and the New York City Building Code, in relation to gender-neutral single-occupant bathrooms.

2014 Construction Code Updates

Update Page #17 reflects changes made by Local Laws 79 of 2016 (effective 10.26.16), for gender-neutral single-occupant bathrooms.

Update Page #18 reflects changes made by Local Laws 132 of 2016 (effective 10.31.16), for installations of sub-meters in certain tenant spaces.

Update Page #19 reflects changes made by Local Laws 133 of 2016 (effective 10.31.16), expanding the list of buildings required to be benchmarked for energy and water efficiency.

Update Page #20 reflects changes made by Local Laws 134 of 2016 (effective 10.31.16), upgrading lighting systems in certain buildings.

Update to 1968 Building Code & Multiple Dwelling Law: New York State Laws of 2016 Chapter 393 (effective 10.21.16) adds Article 18 to Subchapter 3 of Title 27 in the 1968 Building Code and Section 121 to Title 3 of Article 4 of the NYS Multiple Dwelling Law. This law prohibits advertising that promotes the use of dwelling units in a class A multiple dwelling for other than permanent residence purposes.

Update Pages are printable inserts to keep your hard copy Construction Codes up to date.

All Update Pages for the 2014 NYC Construction Codes.

Code Notes

All Code Notes

Hearings + Rules

All Department Rules

Did You Know

NYC Buildings is committed to transparency. That is why we publish monthly and weekly statistical reports on our website, providing the public up-to-date data on construction and development throughout New York City.

Bill de Blasio, Mayor

Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner

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