New York City Local Law 152 Gas Inspections
Local Law 152 requires that all buildings’ gas piping systems be inspected at least once every four years. (Group R-3 buildings such as 1 and 2-family buildings are exempt. Please check if your building falls under R-3 grouping). This includes exposed gas piping outside and inside the building in non-tenant occupied space, in boiler rooms, all amenity and common spaces, rooftop mechanical spaces, and publicly accessible areas in multifamily properties. Owners of mixed-use residential properties with subcomponent spaces (such as retail, offices, community facilities, and so on) must also conduct piping inspections in these areas of the building.
Local Law 152 was passed in 2016 as part of a 10-piece legislative package aimed at preventing dangerous gas leaks and pipeline explosions in New York City. Local laws cover, among other things, inspection schedules, and fines for noncompliance or existing hazardous conditions.
What Happens During a Local Law 152 Inspection?
A New York City-licensed master plumber (LMP) or a qualified person working under the close supervision of an LMP is required to examine all gas piping at least once every four years. A Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Report including all findings must be completed and delivered by the LMP to the building owner within 30 days of each inspection. This report will note issues that need to be fixed, frayed or worn piping parts that influence safe and dependable operation, and installations that don’t follow the law or connections that aren’t legal.
The building owner shall deliver the inspection report to the DOB not later than 60 days after the date of the inspection of the building. A new inspection is necessary for any reports that are filed more than 60 days after the inspection date. A $10,000 fee will be assessed if no approved inspection is submitted within your corresponding community district timeframe. The DOB must have access to all inspection reports and certifications upon request, and they must be kept on file for a minimum of ten years.
Unsafe or dangerous conditions
The building owner, the utility supplying gas service to the building, and the DOB must all receive a notification if any dangerous conditions are discovered. Corrective action must adhere to New York City Construction Codes, including obtaining all necessary work permits.
Examples of risky or unsafe situations include:
- the detection of natural gas in the air around you
- significant corrosion or cracks in the pipes
- evidence of improper installations or illicit connections
The building has up to 120 days to fix all deficient conditions. A building owner can ask the DOB for a 60-day extension if more time is required to fix a defective condition.
What is local law 152?
NYC has a compliance rule called Local Law 152 that mandates routine gas piping system inspections. Every four years, inspections are required. The community district determines the inspection deadline for a building.
Do I need to have my building inspected?
Except for single- and two-family homes, all buildings in NYC are subject to inspections once every four years. Buildings with gas service require an inspection as per Local Law 152 (2016), with final regulations released on 9/23/19, while buildings without gas service require certification from a licensed design expert stating that gas is not being used in the building.
How much does the inspection cost?
Inspections are usually $399. Contact us for an accurate quote.
How frequently are inspections required?
Inspections are required every four years.
What is the penalty if I don't comply?
There will be a penalty fine of $10,000.
Should I schedule an inspection before the due date if my inspection is scheduled for year 2, year 3, or year 4 of the initial cycle?
An LL152 inspection completed within the requisite timeframe for your building will still be necessary; an advance inspection will not satisfy the DOB filing requirements.