Building owners throughout New York City are preparing for the gas piping inspections required by Local Law 152. Although the rule affects many properties in the city, not everyone needs to schedule an inspection. Before beginning the process, you want to be certain your building requires an NYC LL152 inspection.
Buildings that Require the NYC LL152 Inspection
Local Law 152 applies to over 280,000 buildings in New York City. It was created to address safety concerns around gas pipe systems in residential buildings, so any apartment building or residence with more than two dwelling units falls under the law. One or two-family homes and buildings in the R-3 occupancy group do not qualify for an inspection. For more information about building qualifications, please read this DOB document.
Buildings without Gas Piping or Service
Some buildings that would fall under the law do not have gas piping or gas service. If the building doesn’t have piping, an inspection is not required. However, you must submit a Gas Piping Periodic Inspection Certification signed and sealed by a Licensed Master Plumber (LMP) or a Registered Design Professional that attests to the lack of piping.
If your building has gas piping but is not currently receiving gas service, there are a few more steps to stay in compliance. You must send the DOB a signed document from your utility company indicating the last date it supplied gas to the building. As the property owner, you must send a document stating that the building no longer receives gas service and has no appliances attached to gas piping.
The Importance of Knowing Your Building’s Class
The way that the DOB classifies buildings can lead to some unexpected requirements. For example, while single-family homes do not fall under the inspection requirements, other buildings on the same property may have their own designation. For example, a detached garage on the property of a one or two-family home may be listed as a separate building. While the home does not require an NYC LL152 inspection, the garage may be labeled as an inspectable class by the DOB. Knowing the classification of buildings on your property can prevent confusion and unexpected penalties.
Consult a Licensed Master Plumber
If you are uncertain whether or not your building qualifies for an LL152 gas piping inspection, reach out to an experienced licensed master plumber. This professional has the resources and knowledge to help you fulfill your LL152 requirements. If it turns out you need an inspection, HBNY Plumbing & Heating would be happy to help. We have performed inspections throughout the city and always provide timely, accurate results. Feel free to contact us today.