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File #: Int 0446-2004    Version: * Name: The appeals of rejections of an application for a certificate of occupancy.
Type: Introduction Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 9/9/2004
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the appeals of rejections of an application for a certificate of occupancy.
Sponsors: David I. Weprin, James F. Gennaro, Joel Rivera, Letitia James, John C. Liu, Annabel Palma, Kendall Stewart, Maria Baez, Larry B. Seabrook, Alan J. Gerson, Melinda R. Katz, Helen D. Foster, Robert Jackson, Tracy L. Boyland, Eric N. Gioia, Vincent J. Gentile, James Sanders, Jr., David Yassky, Erik Martin Dilan, Sara M. Gonzalez, G. Oliver Koppell, Gale A. Brewer, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.
Council Member Sponsors: 23
Attachments: 1. Committee Report, 2. Hearing Transcript
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2005*David I. Weprin City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/1/2005*David I. Weprin Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/1/2005*David I. Weprin Committee on Housing and Buildings Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/9/2004*David I. Weprin City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/9/2004*David I. Weprin City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 446

 

By Council Members Weprin, Gennaro, Rivera, James, Liu, Palma, Stewart, Baez, Seabrook, Gerson, Katz, Foster, Jackson, Boyland, Gioia, Gentile, Sanders, Yassky, Dilan, Gonzalez, Koppell, Brewer and Recchia

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the appeals of rejections of an application for a certificate of occupancy.

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Article 22 of subchapter one of chapter one of title 27 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 27-222.1 to read as follows:

§27-222.1.  Appeals of Rejections of an Application for a Certificate of Occupancy.  (a)  Upon the receipt of a rejection of any application for a certificate of occupancy by an inspector of the department, an applicant may appeal the rejection in writing through the following process:

(1)  the applicant can appeal within three business days of receipt of the rejection to the chief inspector of the borough, or his or her designee, in which the application is located.  Upon submission of an appeal, the chief inspector shall have five business days to determine the appeal.  If the appeal is rejected, the chief inspector shall, with the pre-approval of the applicant, submit an immediate appeal to the borough commissioner;

(2)  if the appeal is denied and if the applicant is required to make an appeal, then the applicant can further appeal within three business days of receipt of the rejection to the borough commissioner, or his or her designee, in which the application is located.  Upon submission of an appeal, the borough commissioner shall have five business days to determine the appeal;

(3)  if the appeal is further denied, then the applicant can further appeal within three business days of receipt of the rejection to a panel consisting of each of the borough commissioners.  Upon submission of an appeal, the panel shall notify the applicant of the date of the hearing and provide the applicant with an opportunity to be heard on the date of the hearing.  The panel shall have forty business days to determine the appeal;

(4)  if the appeal is further denied, then the applicant can further appeal within three business days of receipt of the rejection to the commissioner, or his or her designee.  Upon submission of an appeal, the commissioner shall have twenty business days to determine the appeal.

(b)  The department shall submit to the council two reports annually concerning the number of appeals and the number of appeals untimely responded to by the department for subparagraphs (2), (3) and (4) of subdivision (a).  One of the two annual reports shall be submitted to the council concurrent with the issuance of the mayor’s management report, and the other annual report shall be submitted concurrent with the issuance of the preliminary mayor’s management report.  The period of reporting for the report issued concurrent with the mayor’s management report shall be the most recent fiscal year ended, and the period of reporting for the report issued concurrent with the issued of the preliminary mayor’s management report shall be the first four months of the fiscal year in which such report is issued.

(c)  All decisions under subparagraphs (2), (3) and (4) of subdivision (a) shall be published by the department on its website and in an annual volume.  Publication on the website shall be made within thirty business days of the decision.  Moreover, if rejected, each decision shall state the reasons why the application is not in substantial compliance with the administrative code of the city of New York including a list of the sections under which the application is not compliant.  Any such decision made by a borough commissioner, the panel of the borough commissioners or the commissioner shall be used as a precedent for future determinations.

§2. This local law shall take effect immediately.

 

 

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