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File #: Int 1241-2018    Version: Name: Expanding sanctions for submission of professionally-certified false or noncompliant building permit applications or plans.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 11/28/2018
Enactment date: 6/8/2019 Law number: 2019/108
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to expanding sanctions for submission of professionally-certified false or noncompliant building permit applications or plans
Sponsors: Alicka Ampry-Samuel , Brad S. Lander, Rory I. Lancman, Diana Ayala , Ben Kallos, Paul A. Vallone, Helen K. Rosenthal, Bill Perkins, Carlina Rivera , Robert F. Holden
Council Member Sponsors: 10
Summary: This bill would expand penalties for violating the Department of Buildings’ professional certification program to apply to the offending professional’s supervisor as well as the professional personally.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1241-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1241, 3. Int. No. 1241, 4. November 28, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Committee Report 12/13/18, 6. Hearing Testimony 12/13/18, 7. Hearing Transcript 12/13/18, 8. Proposed Int. No. 1241-A - 5/9/19, 9. Committee Report 5/7/19, 10. Hearing Transcript 5/7/19, 11. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 12. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 5-8-19, 13. Int. No. 1241-A (FINAL), 14. Fiscal Impact Statement, 15. Legislative Documents - Letter to the Mayor, 16. Local Law 108, 17. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - May 8, 2019
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6/11/2019AAlicka Ampry-Samuel City Council Returned Unsigned by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/8/2019AAlicka Ampry-Samuel Administration City Charter Rule Adopted  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/8/2019AAlicka Ampry-Samuel City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/8/2019AAlicka Ampry-Samuel City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/7/2019*Alicka Ampry-Samuel Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/7/2019*Alicka Ampry-Samuel Committee on Housing and Buildings Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/7/2019*Alicka Ampry-Samuel Committee on Housing and Buildings Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/7/2019AAlicka Ampry-Samuel Committee on Housing and Buildings Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/13/2018*Alicka Ampry-Samuel Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/13/2018*Alicka Ampry-Samuel Committee on Housing and Buildings Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/28/2018*Alicka Ampry-Samuel City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/28/2018*Alicka Ampry-Samuel City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1241-A

 

By Council Members Ampry-Samuel, Lander, Lancman, Ayala, Kallos, Vallone, Rosenthal, Perkins, Rivera and Holden

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to expanding sanctions for submission of professionally-certified false or noncompliant building permit applications or plans

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Section 28-104.2.1.2 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law number 33 for the year 2007, is amended to read as follows:

§ 28-104.2.1.2 Program requirements. The commissioner may establish qualifications and requirements for registered design professionals to participate in such program and may exclude, suspend or otherwise sanction participants for cause. The commissioner shall send an annual notification to registered design professionals who are currently participating in this program notifying them, in a manner to be determined by the commissioner, of the grounds upon which they may be excluded, suspended or otherwise sanctioned.

 

§ 2. Section 28-104.2.1.3.2 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by a local law for the year 2019 in relation to sanctions for submitting incorrect professionally certified applications for construction document approval, as proposed in introduction number 977-A for the year 2018,  is amended to read as follows:

§ 28-104.2.1.3.2 Mandatory sanctions.  The commissioner shall, after the opportunity for a hearing before the office of administrative trials and hearings in accordance with department rules, exclude, suspend or otherwise condition the participation of a registered design professional who (i) knowingly or negligently submits a professional certification of an application and/or construction and other related document[s] that contains false information or is not in compliance with all applicable provisions of law, [or] (ii) submits two professionally certified applications for construction document approval within any 12-month period containing errors that result in revocation of an associated permit or that otherwise demonstrate incompetence or a lack of knowledge of applicable laws, or (iii) knowingly orders or directs another registered design professional to submit a professional certification of an application and/or construction and any other related document that contains false information or is not in compliance with all applicable provisions of law or that otherwise demonstrates incompetence or a lack of knowledge of applicable laws, or with knowledge of such specific conduct, ratifies or assents to such conduct or with knowledge of such specific conduct and while acting as a supervisor otherwise fails to prevent it. The commissioner may, after the opportunity for a hearing before the office of administrative trials and hearings in accordance with department rules, exclude, suspend, or otherwise condition the participation of a registered design professional who submits two professionally certified applications for construction document approval within any 12-month period containing errors that result in a stop work order. The term "otherwise condition" shall mean limitations on such professional's participation in the program, such as, but not limited to, audits and monitoring of the registered design professional's applications and other submissions. For purposes of this section, a professionally certified application shall include the professional certification of construction and other related documents and the satisfaction of objections issued at plan examination.

 

§ 3. Section 28-104.2.1.3.2.2 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law number 33 for the year 2007, is amended to read as follows:

§ 28-104.2.1.3.2.2 Mandatory permanent revocation.  The commissioner (i) shall permanently revoke, without the opportunity of restoration, the professional certification privileges of an engineer or architect who, while on probation, professionally certifies an application, plans, construction or other related document[s] that contains false information or is not in compliance with all applicable provisions of law or who otherwise demonstrates incompetence or a lack of knowledge of applicable laws and (ii) may permanently revoke the professional certification privileges of an engineer or architect who knowingly orders or directs another registered design professional to, while on probation, professionally certify an application, plans, construction or other related document that contains false information or is not in compliance with all applicable provisions of law or that otherwise demonstrates incompetence or a lack of knowledge of applicable laws, or with knowledge of such specific conduct, ratifies or assents to, or with knowledge of such specific conduct and while acting as a supervisor otherwise fails to prevent it.

 

§ 4. Section 28-104.2.1.4 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by a local law for the year 2019 in relation to sanctions for submitting incorrect professionally certified applications for construction document approval, as proposed in introduction number 977-A for the year 2018,  is amended to read as follows:

§ 28-104.2.1.4 Database.  The department shall create and maintain a database of all registered design professionals who have been excluded, suspended or otherwise sanctioned by the department, all current firms of employment or affiliation of such professionals, if known or readily ascertainable, and the firm that employed such professionals, or with which such professional was affiliated, at the time such professionals were sanctioned, and the status of such sanction or sanctions. Within 7 business days of the date a sanction is imposed, the department shall post on its website, in a non-proprietary machine-readable format that permits automated processing, and shall make available upon request, the name of the registered design professional and the firm that employed such professionals, or with which such professionals were affiliated, at the time such professionals were sanctioned, and a description of the sanction, the initial date of the sanction, the reinstatement date, if applicable, the address of the premises for which the application associated with the sanction was submitted, and whether the sanction was imposed after a hearing or a settlement. The department shall provide requested information concerning the exclusion, suspension or other sanction of a specific registered design professional and the firm of employment of such professionals, or the firm with which such professionals were affiliated, when such professionals were sanctioned, within 30 days of such request.

 

§ 5. This local law takes effect 90 days after it becomes law, except that the commissioner of buildings may take such measures as are necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, prior to such effective date.

 

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