FAQ - Local Law 152 NYC
What is Local Law 152? +LL152 requires periodic inspections for gas piping systems. The city requires owners to send gas system inspection reports to the building’s utility company.The final step in the process is certification, to be granted by a licensed master plumber.
Local Law 152 of 2016 was part of a package of regulations concerning gas line safety. These include Local Law 151, Local Law 153, Local Law 154 and several other related laws.
Which buildings are required to have an inspection? +During the first 4-year cycle all buildings in NYC require an inspection. Exemptions are provided for single and two-family dwellings.
When do new buildings have to be inspected? +New buildings have to be inspected the 10th year from the date of the certificate of occupancy. After the initial inspection buildings are then subject to the regular 4-year inspection cycle.
Are buildings without gas service required to have an inspection? +Buildings without gas service require professional certification that gas is not being used in the building.
What is included in the inspection? +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).
When is my building initial Local Law 152 Gas Inspection or certification due date? +Local Law 152 NYC Compliance Schedule
Filing Period Community District / All Boroughs
January 1,2020 – December 31, 2020 1,3,10
January 1,2021 – December 31, 2021 2,5,7,13,18
January 1,2022 – December 31, 2022 4,6,8,9,16
January 1,2023 – December 31, 2023 11,12,14,15,17
.If you're not sure which Community District your building is located in, you can lookup your location here
After the initial inspection, how often is a gas system inspection required? +Inspections are required every 4 years.
What is the penalty for non-compliance? +Failure to file an Inspection Certification ahead of the due date can result in a civil penalty of $10,000.
If problems are found, how long do I have to make repairs? +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.
What is the inspection filing process? +LL152 inspections must occur within the calendar year of the filing period.
Within 30 days of the inspection, the licensed master plumber (LMP) mustprovide to the building owner a Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Report(GPS1).
Within 60 days of the inspection, the building owner must submit to DOB a Gas PipingSystem Periodic Inspection Certification (GPS2) signed and sealed by the LMPwho conducted or supervised the inspection.
If a gas leak or other hazardous condition is found and the utility service shuts off gas service, what should I do? +Contact a licensed master plumber to make the required repairs.
Your plumber will do the following:
• File for a permit with the DOB
• Pressure test the system to locate any leaks
• Make required repairs
• Pressure test the system again to confirm there are no gas leaks
• Schedule a DOB physical inspection which will include a pressure test
• Obtain gas authorization, including any required utility paperwork and arrange for the gas to be turned on
Are gas lines pressure tested? +No, the law does not require pressure testing. A specialized gas leak detector is used to detect leaks. However, if gas a leak is found a pressure test will be required to locate the leak and confirm the integrity of repairs.
My inspection date is a year or more out from the initial cycle, when should I schedule an inspection? +An inspection performed in advance of DOB filing requirements and the LL152 inspection will give you a longer timeline to plan and budget for any potential repairs. However, you will still be required to have an inspection performed during the prescribed time frame for your building.
How much does an inspection cost? +Contact us for a quote. Or call 718-219-1498.
Can my gas system inspection be combined with my backflow inspection? +Yes, we can inspect both systems on the same visit.