In order to accommodate delays from the pandemic, the deadline under Local Law 152 of 2016 for building owners in community districts 1, 3 and 10 (in any borough) to have their gas piping inspected has been extended from December 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
Local Law 152, which went into effect as of January 1, 2020, requires all buildings (except for single- and two-family buildings) have their gas piping systems inspected by a Licensed Master Plumber (LMP) at least once every four years, depending on which district you are in.
(For more on district deadlines and requirements, please see our previous Ask the Experts article on the topic.)
But while the first round of inspections for community districts 1, 3 and 10 had already begun in early 2020, the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic in March 2020 meant that many building owners in those districts had to put off these inspections.
According to New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm, “It would be difficult to expect our constituents to bring inspectors into their homes in the middle of a pandemic or face thousands of dollars in fines. The goals of Local Law 152 are laudable; but the initial deadline, set well before anyone could foresee this pandemic, is not practicable at this point. When circumstances change and call for reassessment, we have to respond.”
In addition, owners of buildings in said districts who had their piping inspected from September 1, 2020-December 31, 2020 will NOT have to submit their Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification (GPS2) form within 120 days of inspection date, as before. However, they must submit the form no later than June 30, 2021 through the online portal at nyc.gov/DOBgaspipecert.
As of January 2021, all other deadlines stipulated in LL152 have not been changed, so building owners in community districts 2, 5, 7, 13 and 18 are still due to get their inspections done by December 31, 2021.
To check if you are due for an inspection this year, please refer to NYC Community Districts to confirm which district applies for your building.
If you need assistance with filing, finding an LMP, or solving any other inspection-related matter, please reach out to us at Outsource Consultants.
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