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File #: Int 0342-2018    Version: Name: Requirements for portable ramps in prior code buildings where such portable ramps are permissible and signage relating thereto.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 1/31/2018
Enactment date: 6/29/2019 Law number: 2019/122
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code and the building code of the city of New York, in relation to requirements for portable ramps in prior code buildings where such portable ramps are permissible and signage relating thereto
Sponsors: Deborah L. Rose, Diana Ayala , Andy L. King, Margaret S. Chin, Helen K. Rosenthal, Adrienne E. Adams, Carlina Rivera
Council Member Sponsors: 7
Summary: This bill would require building owners to post a sign that a portable ramp is available for access to the building at inaccessible building entrances, where that ramp exists. The New York City Building Code already requires directional signage at inaccessible building entrances indicating the route to the nearest accessible entrance. This bill would also establish safety standards for such portable ramps.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 342-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 342, 3. Int. No. 342, 4. January 31, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 5. Committee Report 10/16/18, 6. Hearing Testimony 10/16/18, 7. Hearing Transcript 10/16/18, 8. Proposed Int. No. 342-A - 5/23/19, 9. Committee Report 5/28/19, 10. Hearing Transcript 5/28/19, 11. May 29, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 12. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 5-29-19, 13. Int. No. 342-A (FINAL), 14. Fiscal Impact Statement, 15. Legislative Documents - Letter to the Mayor, 16. Local Law 122
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5/28/2019*Deborah L. Rose Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
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Int. No. 342-A

 

By Council Members Rose, Ayala, King, Chin, Rosenthal, Adams and Rivera

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code and the building code of the city of New York, in relation to requirements for portable ramps in prior code buildings where such portable ramps are permissible and signage relating thereto

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Item 1 of section 28-201.2.3 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 47 for the year 2012,  is amended to read as follows:

1. A violation of item 5 of section 1110.1, [or] of section 1110.2, or of item 7 of section 1110.3 of the New York city building code, or a violation of section 28-313.1, [or] 28-313.2 or 28-313.3 of the administrative code of the city of New York.

 

§ 2. Article 313 of chapter 3 of title 28 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding new sections 28-313.3, 28-313.3.1, 28-313.3.2 and 28-313.3.3 to read as follows:

§ 28-313.3 Retroactive requirement for signage and safety requirements for portable ramps at inaccessible building entrances where such ramps are permissible. The provisions of item 7 of section 1110.3 of the New York city building code requiring that signage stating a portable ramp is available, if provided by the building, and the phone number to request such ramp, be posted at inaccessible building entrances shall apply retroactively to all prior code buildings that have such portable ramps where use of such a ramp is permissible. The use of a portable ramp by any building must comply with all applicable laws, and must comply with Section 405 (Ramps) of ICC A117.1 except to the extent the commissioner has waived a requirement pursuant to section 28-313.3.1. All signage posted pursuant to this section shall comply with Section 1110 of the New York city building code and be maintained in good condition. Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize the provision of a portable ramp where such provision would not otherwise be lawful.

 

§ 28-313.3.1 Waiver of requirements related to portable ramps at inaccessible building entrances where such ramps are permissible. The commissioner may waive the requirement of section 28-313.3 that all portable ramps used by prior code buildings must comply with Section 405 (Ramps) of ICC A117.1, provided, however, that such waiver would not significantly adversely affect safety and that equally safe and proper alternatives are prescribed and, further, that such waiver is based upon a specific finding by the commissioner that strict compliance with the requirement:

 

1.                     Would create an undue economic burden;

 

2.                     Would not achieve its intended objective;

 

3.                     Would be physically or legally impossible;

 

4.                     Would be unnecessary in light of alternatives which ensure the achievement of the intended objective or which, without a loss in the level of safety, achieve the intended objective more efficiently, effectively or economically; or

 

5.                     Would entail a change so slight as to produce a negligible additional benefit.

 

§ 28-313.3.2 Waiver application process. Each application for a waiver under section 28-313.3.1 shall be made to the commissioner in writing, setting forth each requirement of Section 405 (Ramps) of ICC A117.1 sought to be waived and the specific reason or reasons therefore. The commissioner shall determine, under all of the circumstances presented by such application, which of such requirements may appropriately be waived. The commissioner shall render such determination in a writing, which shall set forth in detail the commissioner's findings and conclusions with respect to each requirement sought to be waived. A copy of such written determination shall be forwarded to the applicant. Such written determination shall be filed with the department and shall be available for public inspection.

 

§ 28-313.3.3 Waiver recommendation. The mayor's office for people with disabilities, or its successor agency shall be consulted by and shall advise the commissioner concerning each application for a waiver under section 28-313.3.1.

 

                     § 3. Article 315 of chapter 3 of title 28 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 28-315.6.3 to read as follows:

§ 28-315.6.3 Signage for portable ramps at inaccessible building entrances where such ramps are permissible. The posting of signage for portable ramps at inaccessible building entrances where such a ramp is permissible in accordance with the requirements of item 7 of 1110.3 of the New York city building code shall be completed on or before March 1, 2020.

 

§ 4. Section 1110.3 of the New York city building code is amended by adding a new item 7 to read as follows:

7.  At prior code buildings with one or more inaccessible entrances, signage stating that a portable ramp is available, if provided by the building, shall be provided at each inaccessible building entrance and shall contain the phone number to request such ramp. The use of a portable ramp by any building must comply with all applicable laws and any such ramp shall comply with Section 405 (Ramps) of ICC A117.1, except to the extent the commissioner has waived a requirement pursuant to section 28-313.3.1. All signage posted pursuant to this section shall comply with Section 1110 and be maintained in good condition. Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize the provision of a portable ramp where such provision would not otherwise be lawful.

 

 

§ 5. This local law takes effect on January 1, 2020, except that prior to such effective date: (i) the commissioner of buildings may take all actions necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, and (ii) owners may apply for and the commissioner of buildings may grant waivers pursuant to sections 28-313.3.1 and 28-313.3.2 of the administrative code as added by this local law.

 

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