NYC Local Law 152 affects buildings and property owners throughout New York City, requiring a regular inspection of the exposed gas pipes on their property. As the program enters its second inspection rotation, it is essential to have a clear grasp of the timeline and requirements for your building. Navigating the requirements of Local Law 152 compliance can seem complex, but it can be a manageable task if you know the basics.
Understanding The Purpose and Scope of NYC LL152
Gas pipe failures can lead to dangerous leaks and deadly explosions. New York City passed Local Law 152 of 2016 to mandate the inspection of exposed gas pipes in buildings throughout the city, especially buildings with more than two residential units. Compliance with the law involves both a visual pipe inspection and gas leak detection on the property.
1. Know Your Place on the Local Law 152 Inspection Schedule
The Department of Buildings (DOB) has created a four-year cycle during which about 280,000 buildings will receive inspections. The schedule is based on the community district in which the building is located. For example, in 2024, buildings in districts 1, 3, and 10 in all boroughs will be due for inspection. If you own multiple properties, it is important to note that you can only have a building inspected in its designated year determined by its location.
2. Stay in Local Law 152 Compliance Through Prompt Repairs
The inspector will examine your gas pipes for corrosion and other issues. If a problem surfaces during the inspection, the property owner bears the responsibility of resolving it. You typically get 120 days from the initial inspection to carry out many repairs. However, you must address conditions that the inspector deems hazardous promptly. For instance, if the inspecting plumber discovers gas leaks, they report them to you, the gas company, and the DOB right after the inspection. You also need to arrange a follow-up visit to certify the resolution of all issues. When appropriate, the LMP can indicate that your project needs additional time, extending the due date for repairs to 180 days from the initial inspection.
Signs of Failing Gas Pipes
As a property owner, it is helpful to know the signs of dangerous gas pipe problems. If you notice these signs, you should contact your gas utility immediately.
- Audible hissing near pipes
- Rotten egg smell
- Unexplained increase in gas usage
- Advanced rust or corrosion
3. Submit LL152 Documentation on Time
Local Law 152 compliance depends on the prompt delivery of your inspection certificate. The Licensed Master Plumber (LMP) responsible for the inspection will stamp and seal this document for you to submit. Even if your property requires repairs, you must submit the certification to the DOB within 60 days of the inspection. After the repairs, you will submit a follow-up certificate attesting to the correction.
4. Seek Extensions If Necessary
The scope and complexity of the LL152 project have led to several updates during the first inspection cycle. In 2022, the DOB made the important decision to allow property owners to request a 180-day extension on their inspection due date. While this policy offers some flexibility, property owners should be aware they can only request one extension.
5. Work with a Licensed Master Plumber who Understands Local Law 152 Compliance
Staying in Local Law 152 compliance hinges on working with a licensed master plumber. While other specially trained plumbers can carry out an inspection, it falls to their supervising LMP to certify their findings. Your LMP will sign and seal every certification document you submit to the DOB.
If you are a New York City property owner who needs help with LL152 compliance, HBNY Plumbing & Heating is happy to work with you. We are up to date with the latest LL152 requirements and have a strong record of comprehensive inspections throughout NYC. Contact us today to schedule your next inspection.