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File #: Int 0934-2015    Version: Name: Creation of a real time enforcement unit in the department of buildings.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 9/30/2015
Enactment date: 10/16/2017 Law number: 2017/188
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the creation of a real time enforcement unit in the department of buildings
Sponsors: Stephen T. Levin, Antonio Reynoso, Margaret S. Chin, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Corey D. Johnson, Ben Kallos, Mark Levine, Carlos Menchaca, Helen K. Rosenthal, Vincent J. Gentile, Peter A. Koo, Brad S. Lander, Rory I. Lancman, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, James G. Van Bramer, Deborah L. Rose, Donovan J. Richards, Rosie Mendez, Laurie A. Cumbo, Andrew Cohen, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Jumaane D. Williams, Barry S. Grodenchik, Fernando Cabrera , Daniel Dromm , James Vacca, Karen Koslowitz, Daniel R. Garodnick, Alan N. Maisel, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Paul A. Vallone, Andy L. King, Darlene Mealy, I. Daneek Miller, Vanessa L. Gibson, Bill Perkins, Ritchie J. Torres, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 39
Summary: This bill would create a Real Time Enforcement Unit (RTEU) in the Department of Buildings (DOB). The RTEU is tasked with monitoring occupied multiple dwellings with permits for alteration of 10% or more of existing floor surface area of the building, or an addition to the building. The RTEU will also inspect immediately hazardous complaints related to work without a permit in occupied dwellings within 12 hours, and for all other complaints related to work without a permit in occupied dwellings, such inspections shall be conducted within ten days of receipt of the complaint. The RTEU shall also conduct initial inspections of 5% of occupied multiple dwellings with valid permits for an alteration or addition within 20 days of commencement of work.
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No. 934-A, 3. Summary of Int. No. 934, 4. Int. No. 934, 5. September 30, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 6. Committee Report 4/18/16, 7. Hearing Testimony 4/18/16, 8. Hearing Transcript 4/18/16, 9. Proposed Int. No. 934-A - 9/19/17, 10. Committee Report 9/20/17, 11. Hearing Transcript 9/20/17, 12. Fiscal Impact Statement, 13. September 27, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 14. Int. No. 934-A (FINAL), 15. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 9-27-17, 16. Mayor's Letter, 17. Local Law 188, 18. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - September 27, 2017
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10/17/2017AStephen T. Levin City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/16/2017AStephen T. Levin Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/16/2017AStephen T. Levin Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/27/2017AStephen T. Levin City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/27/2017AStephen T. Levin City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/20/2017*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/20/2017*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Housing and Buildings Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/20/2017*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Housing and Buildings Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/20/2017AStephen T. Levin Committee on Housing and Buildings Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/18/2016*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/18/2016*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Housing and Buildings Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/30/2015*Stephen T. Levin City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/30/2015*Stephen T. Levin City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 934-A

 

By Council Members Levin, Reynoso, Chin, Espinal, Johnson, Kallos, Levine, Menchaca, Rosenthal, Gentile, Koo, Lander, Lancman, Rodriguez, Van Bramer, Rose, Richards, Mendez, Cumbo, Cohen, Crowley, Williams, Grodenchik, Cabrera, Dromm, Vacca, Koslowitz, Garodnick, Maisel, Cornegy, Vallone, King, Mealy, Miller, Gibson, Perkins, Torres, Ferreras-Copeland and Ulrich

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the creation of a real time enforcement unit in the department of buildings

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

                     Section 1. Article 103 of chapter 1 of title 28 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law number 141 for the year 2013, is amended by adding section 28-103.27 to read as follows:

§ 28-103.27 Real Time Enforcement Unit. There is hereby established within the department a real time enforcement unit. Such unit and an agency that is delegated authority by the commissioner shall be responsible for enforcing the construction codes with respect to:

1. occupied multiple dwellings with complaints related to work without a permit; and

2. occupied multiple dwellings with valid permits for (i) the alteration of 10 percent or more of the existing floor surface area of the building or (ii) an addition to the building.

 

§ 28-103.27.1 Tracking complaints related to work without a permit. The real time enforcement unit shall receive and track all complaints related to work without a permit in occupied multiple dwellings. The unit shall retain records of such complaints.

 

§ 28-103.27.2 Monitoring occupied multiple dwellings with permits for alteration or addition. The real time enforcement unit shall monitor all occupied multiple dwellings with valid permits for (i) the alteration of 10 percent or more of the existing floor surface area of the building or (ii) an addition to the building. Owners of such buildings shall notify the department in writing at least 72 hours prior to the commencement of any work pursuant to such permits.

 

§ 28-103.27.3 Inspections. For immediately hazardous complaints related to work without a permit in occupied multiple dwellings, the real time enforcement unit shall conduct inspections of such occupied multiple dwellings within 12 hours of the receipt of such complaints, except that complaints received after 8:00 p.m. shall be inspected by 10:00 a.m. on the following day. For all other complaints related to work without a permit in occupied multiple dwellings, such unit shall conduct inspections of such multiple dwelling within ten days of receipt of such complaints. The real time enforcement unit shall also conduct initial inspections of no fewer than five percent of  occupied multiple dwellings with valid permits for alteration or addition as described in section 28-103.26.2, within 20 days of commencement of work for such alterations or additions and shall conduct periodic unannounced inspections thereafter until such work is complete. The unit shall be available to conduct inspections seven days a week, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

 

§ 28-103.27.4 Violations. The real time enforcement unit shall issue notices of violation or stop work orders as necessary.

 

§ 28-103.27.5 Report. The department shall publish online an annual report with the following information related to the effectiveness of the real time enforcement unit: (i) the number of complaints received disaggregated by building; (ii) the average time taken to respond to complaints; (iii) the number of monitored occupied multiple dwellings with valid permits for alteration or addition as described in section 28-103.26.2; (iv) the number of initial and periodic inspections conducted disaggregated by building; and (v) the number and type of violations issued disaggregated by building.

 

§ 2. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law, except that the commissioner of buildings may take such measures as are necessary for the implementation of this local law, including the promulgation of rules, prior to such effective date.

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