Understanding the NYC DOB 2022 Code Changes
Effective January 1, 2022, several changes to the NYC Building Code and Elevator Safety Code will impact the way elevators will be inspected and tested in NYC. The NYC Department of Buildings will no longer issue “PVT Violations”, but rather the performance of these yearly inspections will become the responsibility of the building owner.
- Inspections performed by private sub-contractors on behalf of the NYC DOB Elevator Division must now be performed by an approved elevator agency that is not affiliated with the agency performing the maintenance. Owners will be required to contract with approved elevator agencies at their expense. These inspections will now be referred to as “Periodic Inspections” and are in addition to the current Category 1 & 5 Inspections being performed.
Periodic inspections will be performed between January 1 and December 31 of each year at a minimum of three months from the date of any Category 1 testing or previous periodic inspection. Initial periodic inspections on new installations must be performed in the calendar year following the final acceptance test. For private residence elevators, the periodic inspection and Category 1 and/or 5 testing should be performed on the same date. Filing of Periodic Inspections in DOB NOW must be completed within fourteen (14) days of the date of inspection.
All defects as noted in such periodic inspection reports must be corrected within 90 days after the date of inspection. The department may grant an extension of 45 days upon submission of an application by the owner demonstrating a practical difficulty in complying within the 90-day timeframe. In no case shall more than two such extensions be granted for a specific defect. An Affirmation of Correction shall be filed within 14 days after the date of correction.
Category 1 & 5 Inspections
Category 1 & 5 Inspections completed reports, with all applicable signatures, must be filed within 21 days after the date of the test. Exception: Reports are not required to be submitted to the department for private residence wheelchair lifts and private residence dumbwaiter devices. However, the owner shall maintain an inspection and test log to be available upon request.
All defects as found in such category test report shall be corrected within 90 days after the date of the test. An Affirmation of Correction shall be filed within 14 days of the date of correction.
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