What is LL 152 for those with a Gas Piping System?
NYC Local Law 152 of 2016 was passed by the City Council 11/16/2016 and approved by the Mayor on 12/06/2016.
The final rules for this law were approved 09/13/2019 and published on 09/23/2019.
The original Service Notice was posted by the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB), November 2019 and updated January 2020.
A new Service Notice, Follow-up #2: Local Law 152 of 2016: Periodic Inspection of Gas Piping Systems Required, has been posted by the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) as of October, 2020.
Enforcement began 01/01/2020 and states the following for those who DO have a GPS:
Every building with a Gas Piping System (GPS) EXCEPT those buildings in Occupancy Group R-3 must be inspected. This means that all buildings with 3 or more residential units and all other buildings must be inspected.
The Inspection Schedule which has been distributed over 4 years is as follows:
|2020||Community Districts – 1, 3, and 10 in all boroughs.|
|2021||Community Districts – 2, 5, 7, 13, and 18 in all boroughs.|
|2022||Community Districts – 4, 6, 8, 9, and 16 in all boroughs.|
|2023||Community Districts – 11, 12, 14, 15, and 17 in all boroughs.|
And then every 4 years thereafter.
Need more info? Here are THE DETAILS:
Buildings with a GPS can only be inspected by a Licensed Master Plumber (LMP), or a qualified individual who has been working under the direct and continuing supervision of a LMP and has also completed a DOB approved course.
The inspection will include a visual survey of all exposed gas lines from point of entry of gas piping into a building, building service meters and any exposed gas piping in any and all public spaces for evidence of excessive atmospheric corrosion or piping deterioration that has resulted in a dangerous condition, illegal connections, and/or non-code compliant installations.
The inspector will also test public spaces, hallways, corridors, and mechanical and boiler rooms with a portable combustible gas detector (LMP200) to determine if there is any gas leak. Such testing will include public spaces, hallways and corridors on floors that contain gas piping or gas utilization equipment. Residential, office and commercial tenant spaces WILL NOT be inspected.
If an inspection reveals any unsafe or hazardous condition(s), including any gas leak; the LMP MUST IMMEDIATELY notify the building owner, the utility providing gas service to the building, and the DOB. The building owner must take immediate action to correct the condition(s) in compliance with the New York City Construction Codes and obtain any required permits.
If an imminently dangerous condition exists, the LMP MUST IMMEDIATELY call 911 and wait at a safe point until emergency personnel arrive.
Within 30 days of an inspection with, the LMP must provide to the building owner a GPS Periodic Inspection Report (GPS-1) showing the results of the inspection and a GPS Periodic Inspection Certification (GPS-2).
This is the GPS-1 on the DOB website. This is the GPS-2 on the DOB website.
The LMP will also electronically submit to the DOB, using this PORTAL, a GPS Periodic Inspection Certification (GPS-2). No additional filing by the owner is required. The owner is required to keep the GPS-2 on file for 10 years either electronically or as a hard copy.
These forms are for the building owner and the DOB. No separate forms are required by Con Edison or National Grid and Con Edison and National Grid will only get notified by the LMP or the NYC DOB/NYFD/Emergency Respondents if there are Abnormal Operation Conditions found at the location. Con Edison and National Grid may do their own corrosion inspection on inside meters as required and may overlap the NYC required inspections.
In the case of an inspection that revealed conditions requiring correction the owner has 120 days following the building’s inspection date to correct the conditions. If additional time is required to correct such conditions then the LMP can indicate such on the original GPS-2 and can be a maximum of 180 days. Once the repairs are completed, the correcting LMP must submit to the DOB, using this PORTAL, a new GPS-2 certification stating that all conditions identified in the original inspection report have been corrected.
Once the LMP has filed the new GPS-2 no additional filing by the owner is required. The LMP will also provide the owner with a copy of the new GPS-2. The owner is required to keep this new GPS-2 along with the original GPS-1 and GPS-2 on file for 10 years either electronically or as a hard copy.
According to the NYC Department of Buildings your official inspection is to be completed only in the designated year for your NYC Community district. You may have an inspection done sooner for safety sake but you will still need to complete another inspection during the designated year for your NYC Community district.
Failure of an owner to file an Inspection Certification before the applicable due date may result in a civil penalty of $10,000.00. Building owners are required to keep on file for ten years all reports and certifications and make them available to the DOB upon request.
The initial inspection for a “New Building” with a GPS shall be performed during the 10th year after the DOB has approved the building for occupancy after December 31, 2019. Any subsequent periodic inspections are to be conducted in accordance with the inspection schedule above.
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