As New York City strives to meet the standards set in its Green New Deal, new laws aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions are continuously being implemented. Part of New York’s Climate Action Council’s comprehensive plan seeks to make New York State carbon neutral by 2040 by reducing emissions from all major sources, including transportation, electricity, industry, commercial activity, agriculture and buildings.

A global capital of culture and civilization, New York City has over one million buildings, and many are nearly one hundred years old. Back when they were built, an awareness of emissions and the effect on the climate was not commonplace and likely nonexistent, which means many buildings’ interior systems, including piping, could require an update and preventative maintenance to meet the new emissions standards. To help meet them, Local Law 152 requires that all building owners periodically have their gas piping inspected. 

Dive into this article to learn more about Local Law 152, the benefits it provides and how to ensure you are prepared for the inspections.

What is NYC Local Law 152?

Local Law 152 was passed by the NYC council in 2016 as part of a gas safety package. The law went into effect on January 1, 2019 and requires that all building owners have their gas piping inspected periodically.

Who must comply?

This law is widespread and requires that all owners with gas piping must comply. However, the exception is for gas piping classified in occupancy group R-3, which applies to buildings, or portions of buildings, that have two occupied units or less with fewer than 20 occupants, including group homes. This law affects approximately 280,000 buildings.

What will be inspected?

All exposed gas piping will be inspected. This includes piping at point of entry and in public spaces, including hallways, corridors, mechanical and boiler rooms, but does not include in-wall piping. Building service meters are also included in the inspection. 

What does the inspection include? 

The inspection cycle is determined by community districts within boroughs during a specified date range. On the date of your inspection, here is what you can expect:

  • A licensed master plumber (LMP) conducts inspection. 
  • A Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Report and Certification is provided by the LMP within 30 days of inspection.
  • The building owner submits the Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification to the New York Department of Buildings within 60 days of inspection.
  • If the inspection certificate indicates they are necessary, corrections are made to the building’s gas piping system within 120 days.
  • If more time is required to make the corrections, the building owner has 180 days from the inspection date. The corrections are to be made in compliance with NYC construction code, which can include acquiring necessary permits. 
  • The report and certifications are to be kept on file by the building owner for 10 years.

Keep in mind that failure to file an inspection certification before the applicable due date may result in a civil penalty of $10,000.

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What are the benefits of Local Law 152?

Besides contributing to the city’s efforts to neutralize carbon emissions, the inspection can directly benefit your organization’s facilities:

  • The inspection improves building safety from potential gas-related risks 
  • During the inspection, the LMP could identify problematic plumbing issues, such as deteriorated, corroded or non-compliant installations. 
  • Finding damage early on could allow you to perform preventative maintenance and save you from dealing with a larger problem with the overall system later down the line. 

Although there is no official pre-inspection, undergoing routine inspections of gas piping is beneficial to the overall health of your building and can be included in routine inspections from your facility maintenance partner.

Prepare for Local Law 152 with a facility maintenance partner. 

Able Services is the largest and most trusted outsourcing provider of commercial facilities services in the greater New York area and can provide the critical aid essential to achieving the high standards established in New York’s Local Law 152. 

Our leadership in sustainability efforts in the industry is marked by our performance in energy and water efficiency, waste management, sustainable building operations and green building certifications. In the past, we have retrofitted existing buildings to implement new sustainability and energy conservation standards. We have also helped clients reduce their resource consumption by reducing water consumption, increasing usage of renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions

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