Tenant Protection Plan

Registered Design Professionals should register their plan with the Department of Buildings if the work involves: An AlterationConstructionPartial Demolition If this Protection Plan is mandatory for a job, you won’t be able to receive a permit until your plan is approved.  Specific dwelling units that will be occupied while construction is occurring.How occupants will be ...

New Mandatory Filing on DOB NOW

It is now mandatory to utilize DOB NOW: Build to file the filing kinds of new applications:  Mechanical Systems (MS) - Includes Heating Systems, Ventilation Systems, Air Conditioning Systems, Refrigeration Systems, Cooling Towers, Associated Ducts & Piping, and GeneratorsStructural (ST) - Includes  Concrete, Aluminum, Masonry, Steel, Wood, Sign Structure, Temporary Structural Bracing, Raising and Moving ...

Cooling Tower Records Need to Be Made Available

Cooling tower upkeep is of great importance, for it can cause legionnaires disease if not taken care of properly. Local Law 79 of 2019 involves the record-keeping of cooling tower inspections. A Qualified Person needs to inspect and send a report to the Department of Buildings. They can include a: NYS Professional EngineerCertified Industrial HygienistCertified ...

No-Penalty Deck and Retaining Wall Inspections Starting May 15th

From May 15 through June 15, 2019, free inspections are available from the DOB for decks, porches, and retaining walls. This initiative allows homeowners to know if these features are up to code or not, without the fear of being penalized if they are not. Simply call 311 to schedule an inspection. Why Use This ...

Site Safety Hours Due By 2020

Local Law 196 of 2017 mandated equal training for construction workers. Currently, at least an OSHA 10 training within the past five years is required in order to be on certain job sites to perform construction or demolition work. By September 2020, there must be 40 hours of site safety. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health administration) ...

How Many Smoke Detectors Do Your Tenants Need?

Smoke detectors greatly reduce the risk of dying in a fire, which is why New York City requires them to be installed in all dwellings. Similar rules also apply to carbon monoxide detectors. All Multiple Dwellings There needs to be at least one device per unit. Replace smoke detectors according to the manufacturer's recommendation on ...

How Will the Climate Mobilization Act Affect Building Owners?

On April 18, 2019, the City passed the Climate Mobilization Act, which comprises of a group of bills. Here are some major points of these legislations: Retrofits The minimum square footage for retro-commissioning once a decade would reduce to 25,000 sqf. for many properties. Efficiency Grades The scoring criteria for energy efficiency grades will be ...

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