City Briefs by Rizzo Group




NEW ASBESTOS RULES IN EFFECT

The DOB will no longer issue permits for jobs identified to require future asbestos abatement.  The DOB now requires applicants to submit an ACP7 form to the new Asbestos Technical Review Unit (A-Tru) at the DEP.  If your project requires abatement, the construction start date will likely be delayed until a Letter of Completion is issued by DEP.  Starting January 13, 2010 the DOB expanded this program to all projects, regardless of size.  Learn More here.



NYC ENERGY CODE CHANGES

Starting July 1, 2010, all additions, alterations, renovations and repairs must comply with the New York City Energy Conservation Code.  This applies to projects in commercial and residential buildings, even if "the work" covers less than 50% of building area.  In particular, projects involving changes to lighting, HVAC, hot water systems and building envelopes will be affected and must demonstrate compliance.  Learn more here.



NEW LAW AFFECTS PERMITS ON STALLED SITES

This recently enacted local law creates a "Stalled Construction Site" program.  The law states that all permits expire and become invalid if the permitted work is not performed, or becomes suspended, for a period of 12 months.  To prevent "Stalled Sites" from losing their permits, owners can apply to the DOB to renew their permits for up to four years.  This program is particularly important to sites that need to maintain their active permits for various reasons.  Learn more here.




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