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Application of the 2014 NYC Building Code to Existing Buildings

On December 31, 2014 the 2014 New York City Building Codes became effective and the rules governing the way one applies the Building Code to an existing building have changed. It should be noted that there are over 975,000 existing buildings in New York City. It is therefore important to understand how to apply the 2014 Code properly.


The 2014 NYCBC (28-101.4.3) still allows the optional use of prior codes

This generally refers to the 1938 and 1969 NYC Building Codes.

The important part is that there are 19 exeptions where one MUST use the 2014 Codes. They are as follows:


1. Fuel gas, plumbing and mechanical work.

2. Fire protection systems.

3. Elevators, conveyors and amusement rides.

4. Safety during construction operations.

5. Accessibility.

6. Encroachments into the public right of way.

7. Administration and enforcement.

8. Special Inspections.

9. Materials.

10. Security grilles.

11. Energy efficiency.

12.Roof coverings and replacements:

– Re‐roofing

– Cool roofs

– Green roofs

13. Handrails.

14. Guards.

15. Areas of special flood hazard.

16. Structural.

17. Emergency and standby power.

18. Parking garages and open parking lots. (LL


19. Mold protection. (LL 13/2014)


There are also some exceptions within the categories above that will warrant separate discussion.

The rules of the game have changed, now we have to learn how to play by the new rules.


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