Local Law 152 Inspection
Local Law 152
All You Need To Know About Local Law 152 - 2020
What is Local Law 152?
Local Law 152 is a gas safety law, and it was first launched in 2016 by the Department of Buildings (DOB) of New York City. The legal design of this law is to boost the safety of the gas pipelines and require all gas piping systems in all NYC buildings, to undergo periodic safety inspections. After several years of conversions, the completion of Local Law 152 toοκ a while became fully effective on January 1, 2020.
What does Local Law 152 require in detail?
Local Law 152 requires the recurring inspection of gas piping systems of all buildings in NYC at least once every four years. This includes all exposed gas pipelines outside and inside the building (from point of entry of gas piping into a building, up to the individual tenant spaces), building service meters, boiler rooms in all amenity and shared spaces, rooftop mechanical spaces, and publicly-accessible areas for all multifamily properties.
Who can do a Local Law 152 inspection?
All gas piping system inspections have to be completed by a New York City-Licensed Master Plumber (LMP) or a certified individual working under the direct and permanent supervision of an LMP. The inspection of all gas pipelines is required at least once every four years.
The inspector will perform the inspection and send the Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Report to the property owner within 30 days. This report will include a list of conditions requiring correction, frayed or worn piping components that affect the safe and reliable operation, non-code compliant installations or illegal connections, the detection of combustible gas, and any other unsafe conditions if determined by the LMP. The LMP will also need to verify that portable combustible gas indicators and detection devices are present in the building.
How and Where Do I Submit My Local Law 152 Inspection Certificate?
The gas piping system inspection is performed, and the Inspection Certificate is received from the qualified inspector, what’s next?
The owner must submit the Inspection Certification to the DOB within 60 days after the inspection date. Suppose the property owner fails to submit the Local Law 152 inspection report within 60 days. In that case, he must rehire an LMP to perform the inspection again to get a new valid Inspection Certificate.
DOB requires all inspection reports and certifications to be kept on file for ten (10) years and be available anytime if the DOB needs to revisit and recheck a particular inspection report.
How much does Local Law 152 inspection cost?
In general, Local Law 152 Inspection costs can range from $1,000 to $10,000. However, repairs with filings and closeout costs do not fall under the price of an inspection.
ATG Mechanical Corp. in an effort to help their clients leverage the costs, always advises building owners to request multiple inspections, including Local Law 152 Inspection, Backflow Prevention Testing, or DOB Violations Removal, into one service visit.
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Most Frequently Asked Questions
Local law 152 Inspection is intended to apply to most buildings in New York City area but the law has one minor exception and does not touch a specific type of buildings. There are different occupancy group classifications in the DOB’s building code, and one of them is Group R-3.
R-3 is a label for buildings with only two individual dwelling units or less and 20 occupants or fewer overall. This classification regularly applies to group homes and single/dual-family housing units. To determine if this exemption applies to your property specifically, you’ll need to track down your building’s Certificate of Occupancy and determine its occupancy group classification.
LL152 requires all exposed gas piping from point of entry of gas piping into the building, including building services meters, and all gas piping in public spaces, hallways, corridors, and mechanical and boiler rooms, up to individual tenant spaces (not including gas piping within apartments).
Buildings without gas service require professional certification that gas is not being used in the building.
Local Law 152 NYC Compliance Schedule
Filing Period Community District / All Boroughs
January 1,2020 – December 31, 2020 / Districts: 1, 3 and 10
January 1,2021 – December 31, 2021 / Districts: 2, 5, 7, 13, and 18
January 1,2022 – December 31, 2022 / Districts: 4, 6, 8, 9, and 16
January 1,2023 – December 31, 2023 / Districts: 11, 12, 14, 15, and 17
YES! Failure to file an Inspection Certification ahead of the due date can result in a civil penalty of $10,000.
120 days from the date of inspection for minor issues. For major issues, an additional 60 days may be requested for a total of 180 days. Repairs must be completed and certified prior to the re-establishment of gas service.
For more FAQs regarding Local Law 152 Inspection download the FAQ sheet from NYC Building Department, HERE.
Download the NYC Building Department’s Local Law 152 Inspection Official Service Notice, HERE.
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