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October 08, 2020   •   3 minute read

Vitralogy Explains NYC Local Law 152

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In 2016, New York City enacted Local Law 152, which regulates the periodic inspection of gas piping systems. Its rules were updated for 2020, so here is what you need to know about inspecting your gas piping systems.

 

What is Local Law 152?

Local Law 152 requires periodic visual inspections of all exposed gas pipe systems for evidence of excessive corrosion or deterioration that results in dangerous conditions for tenants, illegal connections, and non-compliance.

  • Inspections must be performed in all buildings other than those classified as R-3 (one- or two-family homes).
  • Inspections must be conducted by a licensed master plumber.
  • Inspections must encompass all exposed gas pipe systems from the point of entry into the building, including service meters and public spaces. (Gas lines inside apartment units are not required to be inspected.)
  • Inspections will utilize a combustible gas detector in surveying mandated areas for leaks.
  • Inspections cannot be performed more than 60 days before the compliance due date.
  • Building owners/managers must file proof of inspection with the NYC Department of Buildings.

 

When do you have to perform your inspection?

Your inspection cycle is determined by your Community District. You can find your district and subsequent inspection dates by looking up your building information on the city’s 311 Search site.

You must perform your inspection no more than 60 days before the due date. Inspections will henceforth be due every four years from the date of your first inspection.

 

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How do you file your proof of inspection?

Within 30 days of the inspection, the master plumber must provide a copy of the Gas Piping Systems Periodic Inspection Report to the building owner/manager. Within 60 days of the inspection, the plumber must also complete an Inspection Certification, and the owner/manager must file with the Department of Buildings. Finally, within 90 days of the inspection, the owner/manager must file the report and certification with the utility company.

Currently, there are no fees for filing your certification. That said, failure to do so by the due date can result in fines up to $10,000.

 

Do newly constructed properties have to comply?

Yes, but not right away. If the building was approved for occupancy after December 31, 2019, the first gas pipe inspection will take place in the tenth year after the Department of Buildings issues your building’s Certificate of Occupancy.

 

What if you don’t have a gas piping system?

If you don’t have a gas piping system, there is no need for inspection, but you must file a certification from a registered professional (such as a master plumber) stating that the building does not contain a gas system.

You need to file this certification every four years according to the schedule dictated by the Community District cycle.

 

What happens if you find a leak or other fault in your gas piping system during the inspection?

If the master plumber performing the inspection finds a gas leak, illegal gas line connections, or other non-compliance, he or she must notify the owner/manager, the utility company, and the Department of Buildings.

The owner/manager then must take immediate corrective action. This must be performed no later than 120 days from the inspection date. If more time is required to fix the problem, owners/managers can request an extra 60 days and take up to 180 days from the inspection date to fix the system.

Once the problem is rectified, the master plumber must come back and inspect the building again. If the problem has been rectified, he or she will fill out a corrective action certification, which the manager/owner will file with the utility company and the Department of Buildings.

Natali Rodriguez, Vitralogy Compliance Specialist, contributed to this article.

Do you have more questions about Local 152 and how it pertains to your building portfolio? Are you curious about NYC building compliance? If so, contact us today to set up an appointment with our Compliance Expert.

 

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