Perform Gas Piping Inspection for Community District 1, 3, 10 Buildings by Dec. 31
On Sept. 13, 2019, the DOB adopted a new Section 103-10 to Title 1 of the Rules of New York City, regarding the periodic inspection of gas piping systems. This was the culmination of a three-year long process to give effect to Local Law 152 of 2016, which requires periodic inspections of “building gas piping systems.”
Local Law 152 requires that all buildings with gas piping, except R-3 occupancy buildings (which are mostly one- and two-family dwellings), have their gas piping system inspected at certain intervals by a licensed master plumber (LMP).
Inspection Due Dates
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, gas piping systems in all buildings, except for buildings classified in occupancy group R-3, must be inspected by a LMP, or a qualified individual working under the direct and continuing supervision of a LMP, at least once every four years according to the schedule set out in 1 RCNY §103-10.
Inspection due dates for buildings depend on the community district in which the building is located and not by borough. You can get information about your community district at https://communityprofiles.planning.nyc.gov/.
Here are the date ranges for inspections for the four groups of community districts:
- Jan. 1, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020: Community Districts 1, 3, and 10 in all boroughs
- Jan. 1, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2021: Community Districts 2, 5, 7, 13, and 18 in all boroughs
- Jan. 1, 2022 – Dec. 31, 2022: Community Districts 4, 6, 8, 9, and 16 in all boroughs
- Jan. 1, 2023 – Dec. 31, 2023: Community Districts 11, 12, 14, 15, and 17 in all boroughs
If your building doesn’t have a gas piping system, you’ll still be required to comply with this law. Owners must submit to the DOB a Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification (https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/gps2.pdf), signed and sealed by a registered architect or a professional engineer stating that your building contains no gas piping. This inspection certification must be submitted once every four years by the end of the inspection date range for the community district in which the building is located.
Submission of Inspection Certifications
Within 60 days of the inspection, the owner must submit to DOB a Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification signed and sealed by the licensed master plumber who conducted or supervised the inspection. Currently, there’s no filing fee for the submission of inspection certifications. All certifications must be submitted to the DOB through the DOB’s online certification submission portal. Failure to file an inspection certification before the applicable due date may result in a civil penalty of $10,000. In addition, building owners are required to keep all reports and certifications on file for 10 years and make them available to the DOB upon request.