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2022 Guide To Local Law 152 - Empire Plumbing™

As building owners around NYC are returning their full time focus to work. Property management in 2022 it is time to begin thinking about inspection requirements for Local Law 152. 2022 marks the third round of LL 152 inspections, requiring all properties in NYC with natural gas to have their gas piping system inspected by a Licensed Master Plumber every four years based on the schedule outlined by the law.

With the third year of inspections, local property owners are starting to get a better understanding of the requirements of this new rule, although many still have questions. Challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic and some confusion around the implementation of Local Law 152 have also impacted the inspection schedule, resulting in deadline extensions that you need to be aware of.

Our 2022 guide goes in depth on what is expected from New York City properties in regards to local law 152 this year. We will go over what Local Law 152 is, what properties are included in this year's inspection cycle, and what to know if you were impacted by the recent extension to the 2021 inspection deadline. If you need someone to provide an LL 152 gas inspection in 2022, contact the master plumbers at Empire Plumbing at (718)494-7301 or (917)642-3041.

First passed in 2016, Local Law 152 went into effect in 2020. The law was created in response to a series of disasters that occurred due to improperly installed natural gas plumbing. The goal of this rule is to use regular inspections of NYC properties that use natural gas power to identify any potential problems and take immediate action. A Licensed Master Plumber in NYC must complete the LL 152 inspection. Any repairs that are determined to be needed during the inspection. The LMP will also work with the property owner to submit all necessary paperwork to the NYC Department of Housing, certifying that the inspection has been completed, outlining any issues, and detailing what repairs were made. Currently the inspection cycle is once every four years. The schedule is based on community district. We will go into more detail on the breakdown in which districts are included for this upcoming year's deadline.

The important part is to be sure that you have the inspection done in the required year. Failing to comply with Local Law 152 guidelines can result in a civil penalty of up to $10,000 and any issues can involve an interruption to gas service at your residential or commercial property.

2022 Community Districts Due for a Local Law 152 Inspection

Local Law 152 outlines an inspection schedule determined by community district. Each year, specific community districts in every borough of NYC need to complete their inspection. For 2022, the districts included are:

- Community District 4 - Community District 6 - Community District 8 - Community District 9 - Community District 16

If you own property in any of these districts in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Staten Island you will need to make time to schedule an inspection with a Licensed Master Plumber sometime this year.

For building owners who are unsure which district they live in, you can find your specific district on the NYC community district profile website. Simply type in your address and it will tell you your district number within your borough. You can also check out this map of the various community districts.

Other properties that will need to conduct a gas piping system inspection this calendar year include any that will be installing or resuming gas service for the first time, regardless of the scheduled inspection year for your community district.

Community Districts Included in the 2021 Local Law 152 Extension

2022 is also unique for Local Law 152 in that the deadline for the previous year was extended. Due to various challenges with the pandemic in regards to scheduling inspections, the City Council changed the 2021 Local Law 152 deadline to June 30, 2022.

This gives all properties with gas piping system in community districts in which an inspection was required last year an additional six months to complete the inspection and necessary repairs. These community districts are:

- Community District 2 - Community District 5 - Community District 7 - Community District 13 - Community District 18

This extension is likely to be a one time occurrence and buildings in these districts will return to the every four year schedule for all future inspections, meaning the next inspection for these districts will be in 2025. But for this year, the extension provides extra time to complete your requirements and avoid any late penalties. Local Law 152 also outlines which properties are included. Need to have an inspection completed. We have already gone over which districts must have an inspection this year, but not every property in each of these districts is included.

Your building needs an inspection unless it is in the R-3 occupancy group. The R-3 group includes buildings where there are no more than two dwelling units and occupants number under 20, which can apply to group homes, convents, or monasteries. You can find your buildings occupancy classification on your Certificate of Occupancy.

Buildings that are not in the R-3 occupancy group and do not use natural gas also have updated requirements in 2022 because of the law passed by the City Council. Prior to this year, buildings that did not use natural gas but fell within the community districts included for that year's inspection deadline were required to submit paperwork from a Licensed Master Plumber confirming that no gas appliances were in use on the property.

This year and going forward, properties with gas piping but without active gas service can provide certification from the utility company that gas is not being supplied to the building. In order to confirm this, the property owner will need to submit to the Department of Buildings:

- When gas was last supplied. - The date when gas service was no longer provided. - A signed statement from the owner of the building. - A certification from the utility company that the building is no longer connected to the gas main.

Although an inspection is no longer required, this certification is still due by the deadline if your property has unused gas piping within any of the community districts listed for either the 2022 deadline on December 31, 2022 or the 2021 extension on June 30, 2022. You will need to submit this paperwork to avoid the $10,000 fine.

How to Complete Your 2022 LL 152 Inspection

Completing the gas piping system inspection is a relatively easy process for building owners, but you will want to make sure to schedule your inspection early to prevent any stress that can occur at the last minute and leave time for repairs.

You will need to schedule the inspection with a Licensed Master Plumber like Empire Plumbing Inc. We will come to your property at the scheduled time and inspect all gas pipes and connections in public areas. We will examine the LL87 compliance requirements space between the gas meter and up to tenant spaces, but per the law, there is no need for us to enter tenant dwellings.

Following inspection and in compliance with LL 152, we will provide you a Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Report within 30 days, outlining all necessary repairs. We will also provide you with a signed Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification indicating that the inspection was done. You will need to submit this form to the Department of Buildings.

We then work with you to conduct all necessary repairs within 120 or 180 days, depending on our original findings. When these are complete, we will give you any additional certifications or reports necessary to confirm that repairs were made.

In extreme cases where we identify a significant hazard such as a leak or an unauthorized connection, we will also have to report our findings to the Department of Buildings and the gas utility. This can result in a temporary shutdown of your National Grid or Consolidated Edison gas service while the issue is resolved. However, this happens in only a very small percentage of our inspections.

At Empire Plumbing, most of the Local Law 152 inspections that we have conducted so far have yielded no or only minor repairs that we can quickly and affordably correct, removing the chance of interruption to your gas service. Our goal is to make it as simple as possible for property owners throughout NYC to comply with this new legislation. Avoid facing any penalties for incomplete inspections or missed deadlines. If you own a building in any of the community districts scheduled for inspection this year or you have additional questions on Local Law 152, call our team at Empire Plumbing for more information on what is required of you in 2022.

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