NYC Local Laws

To ensure that your property is complying with New York City Local Laws and to avoid any penalties for not complying, review the important deadlines and descriptions below.  If you need assistance ensuring your property is compliant or for more information on NYC’s Local Laws, Energo is here to help.

New York City Department of Buildings Annual Boiler Inspection

NYC Building Code requires all boilers in buildings with six or more apartments, or any mixed use or commercial building, be inspected annually. A violation could be up to $1,000 a year.

  • Low Pressure Boiler Inspections begin on January 1.
  • High Pressure Boilers need to have an external and internal inspection done within the same year, but six months apart.

Follow this link for additional information: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/safety/boiler-compliance.page

New York City DEP Boiler Requirements

The NYC DEP requires all boilers 350,000 BTU/hr to submit a renewed registration or certified combustion test triennially. Building owners who have boilers equal or greater than 2.8 million BTU/hr must self-maintain five years of records that document the annual inspections and combustion tests. Learn more by visiting https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dep/downloads/pdf/air/cats/epa-industrial-commercial-institutional-boilers-factsheet.pdf and https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dep/environment/clean-air-tracking-system.page.

New York City DEP Annual Backflow Prevention (BFP) Device Testing

New York State requires an annual inspection and test of backflow prevention devices. The testing must be completed prior to the anniversary of its installation, and must be done by a NYS Certified and Licensed BFP Assembly Tester. Penalties could be $300 per year and/or termination of water services. Follow this link for additional information: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dep/about/cross-connection-controls.page

NYC Annual Benchmarking Law (Local Law 84 and 133)

Buildings over 25,000 square feet must report the energy and water usage of the building to the city every year. It is due on May 1. Learn more at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/codes/compliance-instructions.page

New York City Local Law 87

Buildings over 50,000 square feet need to have periodic energy audits and retro-commissioning measures as part of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP). Building owners must complete an Energy Efficiency Report and file it electronically every 10 years. For more information on LL87, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/html/gbee/html/plan/ll87.shtml.

New York City Local Law 97

Passed in April 2019, NYC Local Law 97 aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. LL97 says most buildings over 25,000 square feet must meet new energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions limits by 2024. Stricter limits will come in 2030. LL97 sets a goal for New York City to achieve a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and 80% by 2050. To learn more, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/codes/greenhouse-gas-emission-reporting.page.

New York City Local Law 152

Gas piping systems in all buildings must be inspected at least once every four years. The inspection must be done by a Licensed Master Plumber (LMP) or someone working under the direct supervision of an LMP.

Inspection schedule:

January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023:

  • Buildings in Community Districts 11, 12, 14, 15, and 17 in all boroughs

January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024:

  • Buildings in Community Districts 1, 3 and 10 in all boroughs

January 1, 2025 – December 31, 2025:

  • Buildings in Community Districts 2, 5, 7, 13, and 18 in all boroughs

January 1, 2026 – December 31, 2026:

  • Buildings in Community Districts 4, 6, 8, 9, and 16 in all boroughs

Find more information on your Community District here: https://communityprofiles.planning.nyc.gov/.

If you need assistance assuring your property is compliant, or for more information on NYC’s Local Laws, Energo is here to help!