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File #: Int 0850-2015    Version: Name: Use of air conditioning systems.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Environmental Protection
On agenda: 7/23/2015
Enactment date: 10/7/2015 Law number: 2015/092
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the use of air conditioning systems
Sponsors: Costa G. Constantinides, Donovan J. Richards, Jumaane D. Williams, Margaret S. Chin, I. Daneek Miller, Ben Kallos, Brad S. Lander, Helen K. Rosenthal, (in conjunction with the Mayor)
Council Member Sponsors: 8
Summary: This bill would expand to small stores (retail or wholesale establishments under four thousand square feet) the prohibition against propping open outside doors while an air conditioner or central cooling system is operating. It would also require that stores which are part of a chain post a notice on each door stating that violations may be reported to 311.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 850, 2. Int. No. 850 - 7/23/15, 3. Committee Report 9/8/15, 4. Hearing Testimony 9/8/15, 5. Hearing Transcript 9/8/15, 6. Committee Report 9/16/15, 7. Hearing Transcript 9/16/15, 8. September 17, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 9. Hearing Transcript of the Stated Meeting - September 17, 2015, 10. Fiscal Impact Statement, 11. Int. No. 850-A - 10/7/15, 12. Mayor's Letter, 13. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - September 17, 2015, 14. Local Law 92
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Int. No. 850-A

 

By Council Members Constantinides, Richards, Williams, Chin, Miller, Kallos, Lander and Rosenthal (in conjunction with the Mayor)

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the use of air conditioning systems

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1.  Section 20-910 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 38 for the year 2008, is amended to read as follows:

§ 20-910 Air conditioning prohibitions. a. For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

[1. "Chain of stores" shall mean] Chain of stores. The term “chain of stores” means five or more stores located within the city of New York that are engaged in the same general field of business and conduct business under the same business name or operate under common ownership or management or pursuant to a franchise agreement with the same franchisor.

[2. "Commercial building or structure" shall mean an] Commercial building or structure. The term “commercial building or structure” means a building or structure, or a portion thereof, classified in accordance with section BC 302 of the New York city building code in occupancy group B or M[, except that such term shall not include a small store].

[3. "Door" shall mean] Door. The term “door” means any door used to close off any exterior entrance to a commercial building or structure and that when open allows for the co-mingling of indoor and outdoor air, but shall not include doors that (i) adjoin indoor seating areas where food or beverages are served and link such areas to outdoor space or outdoor seating areas, or (ii) allow for direct table service of food or beverages to outdoor seating areas during times when servers are actively engaged in serving such areas.

[4. "Person" shall mean] Person. The term “person” means (i) with respect to the portion of a commercial building or structure that is a retail or wholesale establishment that sells goods or provides services to consumers, the owner or lessee of such establishment; and (ii) with respect to any other portion of a commercial building or structure, the record owner or lessee of such building or structure.

Window. The term “window” means any window used to close off any exterior opening to a commercial building or structure and that when open allows for the co-mingling of indoor and outdoor air, but shall not include windows that allow for direct service of food or beverages to outdoor space during times when servers are actively engaged in serving customers present in such space.

[5. "Small store" shall mean a retail or wholesale establishment that sells goods or provides services to consumers and occupies under four thousand square feet of retail or wholesale space, excluding storage space, and is not one of a chain of stores.]

b. Except as provided in subdivision c of this section, it shall be unlawful to keep open any exterior door or window of a commercial building or structure while an air conditioner or central cooling system is operating that cools the area adjacent to such door or window, except as needed to permit the ingress and egress of people and the delivery and shipping of goods.

c. The provisions of this section shall not apply when an emergency situation exists that requires an exterior door or window to be kept open.

d. The department shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of subdivision b of this section. A proceeding to recover any civil penalty prescribed by subdivision e of this section shall be commenced by the service of a notice of violation, which shall be returnable to the environmental control board or to any tribunal authorized to adjudicate notices of violation issued by the department. The environmental control board or such tribunal shall have the power to impose any civil penalty prescribed by subdivision e of this section.

e. [Any] (i) Prior to July 1, 2016, any person who violates this section shall receive a written warning for the first violation, and shall be liable for a civil penalty in the amount of two hundred fifty dollars for each open door or window for a second violation within an eighteen month period and [four] five hundred dollars for each open door or window for any third and subsequent violation within an eighteen month period, except that such person shall be liable for a civil penalty in the amount of five hundred dollars for each open door or window for a second violation within an eighteen month period and one thousand dollars for each open door or window for any third and subsequent violation within an eighteen month period if the violation occurs at a store that is part of a chain of stores.

(ii) On and after July 1, 2016, any person who violates this section shall be liable for a civil penalty in the amount of two hundred fifty dollars for each open door or window for the first violation and five hundred dollars for each open door or window for any second and subsequent violation within an eighteen month period, except that such person shall be liable for a civil penalty in the amount of five hundred dollars for each open door or window for the first violation and one thousand dollars for each open door or window for any second and subsequent violation within an eighteen month period if the violation occurs at a store that is part of a chain of stores.

(iii) All violations issued prior to July 1, 2016, shall continue to count toward the cumulative total of violations issued to a person for the purpose of assessing the amount of a civil penalty under paragraph (i) or (ii) of this subdivision.

f. Every store that is part of a chain of stores shall conspicuously post on each door a notice that states that violations of this section may be reported to 311. Such notice must be in the form and must contain the content as provided by the commissioner on the department’s website.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately, except that subdivision f of section 20-910 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by section 1 of this local law, takes effect 30 days after it becomes law.

 

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