Local Law 152 went into effect January 1, 2019. However, full implementation of the law (i.e. commencement of inspections) could not go into effect without the adoption of rules by the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB). DOB issued final rules on September 23, 2019. While these rules became effective November 2, 2019, due to the provisions of the rules, no inspections can begin until January 1, 2020.
Owners of all buildings except those in occupancy group R-3 (2 families or less). The estimated total amount of buildings affected is approximately 280,000 in NYC.
The rules implementing LL152 breakdown the inspection cycle by community districts within boroughs as per below:
DATE RANGE FOR INSPECTION
BUILDINGS IN COMMUNITY DISTRICTS
January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Districts: 1, 3 and 10 in all boroughs
January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021
Districts: 2, 5, 7, 13, and 18 in all boroughs
January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022
Districts: 4, 6, 8, 9, and 16 in all boroughs
January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023
Districts: 11, 12, 14, 15, and 17 in all boroughs
Subsequent inspections must be completed no later than December 31st within every fourth calendar year thereafter
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. This does not include gas piping within apartments.
What happens if an unsafe or hazardous condition is observed?
If an inspection reveals any unsafe or hazardous condition(s), the LMP must immediately notify the building owner, the utility providing gas service to the building, and DOB. The building owner must take immediate action to correct the condition(s) in compliance with the New York City Construction Codes and any required permits.
LMPs should immediately report such conditions by calling 311 or by contacting the DOB Plumbing Enforcement Unit during regular business hours at (212) 393-2557.
Failure to file an Inspection Certification before the applicable due date may result in a civil penalty of $10,000.
Building owners are required to retain the inspection reports for 10 years and the LMP who conducted the inspection should maintain reports for 10 years as well.
There is NO SUCH THING as a “pre-inspection” for an active gas piping system. If a licensed master plumber, or their employee, encounters any condition that can pose a hazard, they are obligated to take the required actions. If you plumber ignores a potentially hazardous condition, they are subject to both disciplinary actions against their license and criminal charges in the event there is a gas related incident related to
their actions or inactions.
Many NYC buildings have already been inspected by the Utilities. The PSC has mandated that the Utilities conduct these inspections throughout NYC. The Utility inspects all of the exposed piping inside of a building up to a gas meter, wherever it is located. In some buildings, the Utility inspections may actually be more comprehensive than that required by LL 152.
Some buildings have already been inspected more than once, as the PSC requires certain districts to be inspected annually and others every other three years. If the DOB accepts the USDOT qualification as the qualification for LL152 and aligns other parts of the inspection process with the PSC requirements, then your building may only be subject to only ONE periodic inspection every five years.
No. A pressure test of the gas piping system nor is interruption of gas service to the building required to complete the inspection. It is imperative that the inspector is provided full access to all areas of the building where there
is exposed gas piping.
If you think you smell gas, you should leave the area and call 911. The fire department will respond and call in the Utility. These first responders are specially trained to look for possible gas leaks. It is also recommended that you DO NOT use your cell phone, flashlight or any other electronic devices in an area where you think there may be a gas leak. Do not turn on any lights or operate any electrical appliances in that area.
These inspections must be completed by a qualified gas piping system inspector, which means: