Introduced in 2016 and taking effect January 1, 2020, Local Law 152 requires periodic inspections of gas piping systems in NYC buildings. The law details how frequently building are required to be inspected, who is qualified to inspect buildings, and the steps needed to perform the inspection. Buildings or portions of buildings that have two dwelling units or fewer with fewer than 20 occupants, such as 1-2 family dwellings, are exempt.
If a building doesn’t have a gas piping system, it must be certified within the four-year cycle below by a registered professional stating that the building does not have a gas piping system.
To comply with Local Law 152, you’ll need to hire a qualified gas line system inspector who is a licensed master plumber. The inspector will perform the inspection and submit the Inspection Certification within 30 days. The certification must be submitted to the DOB no later than 60 days after the inspection date. If the Inspection Certification is not submitted within 60 days of the building’s inspection date, the inspection will need to be performed again.
If the inspection determines that corrections are needed to comply with LL 152, they must be performed and submitted within 120 days of the initial inspection date. If additional time is required to perform the work, an extension can be requested from the DOB. Reports and certifications should be retained on file for 10 years after the inspection date to be presented to the DOB upon request.
Inspection cycles are by community districts within boroughs. Find out which district your building is located in here.
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