Required Gas Pipe Inspections Imposed by Local Law 152
Back in 2016, the Department of Buildings (DOB) passed Local Law 152 as part of a larger set of rules designed to promote city safety from gas lines. While Local Law 152 was first introduced in 2016, the local government has since made changes and updates to the rules and requirements of the law. Below, you will find specific information on the amendments that have taken effect starting January 1, 2020.
About Local Law 152
Local Law 152 is a law requiring that gas pipelines in all buildings, except for those under the R-3 occupancy group, be inspected by a Licensed Master Plumber (LMP) or a qualified professional. The inspection must be completed once every four years and within the schedule set for your community’s district. The R-3 classification for buildings refers to those that have no more than two dwelling units, such as single and two-family homes.
If your building’s occupancy group is included in the law but you do not have a gas pipe system, you will need to file for a Certification to state that your building does not have one. Similar to the periodic inspections required, the filing of the Certification must also be done every four years and with respect to the inspection schedule.
Depending on the district where your community is located, the following schedules are set for the new cycle starting on January 1, 2020. The community districts include all the boroughs:
● Community Districts 1, 3, and 10: January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020
● Community Districts 2, 5, 7, 13, and 18: January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
● Community Districts 4, 6, 8, 9, and 16: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022
● Community Districts 11, 12, 14, 15, and 17: January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023
Following the schedule above based on your building’s district is essential, so if you have several buildings in different districts, you will need to get the inspection done in the year provided. Take note that the due date for your next inspection will be exactly four years after the previous inspection, but you cannot get it done 60 days before that date.
Only qualified inspectors, either a Licensed Master Plumber or individuals supervised by an Licensed Master Plumber, are allowed to perform the inspection. The process entails examining all exposed gas lines to check for possible corrosion or deterioration, as well as public spaces if they contain any gas pipes or equipment. After performing the inspection, the qualified professional will submit to you, and in turn, you will need to submit a signed Certification to the DOB within 60 days after the inspection date.
If any problems are found during inspection, you must take immediate action and inform the utility provider of your building.
Get Your Pipes Inspected Today
Failure to comply with Local Law 152 can result in a fine of $10,000, making it important to schedule your inspection as soon as your deadline nears. If you are looking for qualified professionals to do the job, contact us today. Rite Plumbing & Heating Inc does the required inspection in compliance with the local law for a fee of $599 and can be scheduled through our website online or call us at 347 502 6441 to schedule directly. We have a team who are dedicated to only local law 152 testing and they can help you also if you need more information about the inspection process.