DOB Reminders: Changes To Periodic Elevator And Boiler Inspections

The DOB has released more updates on rules for periodic elevator and boiler inspections in NYC properties. Take note of the adjustments below, and make sure to consider these new timeframes when you’re planning out your year in compliance.

Adjustments to Elevator Inspection Timeframes

Per Local Law 126 of 2021, the DOB has made adjustments to timeframes on Category (1 & 5) elevator tests. That’s in addition to the previously announced additional periodic inspections. Here’s what that means:

  • There are a few changes your vendor will have to be aware of. Specifically, the performing agency must notify the DOB 5 days in advance of tests (as opposed to 7). Additionally, the category test report no loner requires the signature of the witnessing agency inspector (but does require the witnessing agency director’s signature).
  • Reports must now be submitted to the DOB within 21 days after the test date (instead of the previous 60).
  • All defects outlined in the report must be corrected within 90 days (instead of the previous 120) of the test date. Owners may request up to two 45-day extensions.
  • Affirmations of Correction must be submitted within 14 days of the date corrections were made (instead of 60).

These are all in effect as of Jan 1, 2022. You can read the DOB’s service notice here for more details.

Annual Boiler Inspection Updates

Starting this year, there are some new guidelines for regular boiler inspections you should be aware of:

  • Electric high-pressure boilers must be annually inspected as high-pressure boilers (in accordance with Article 303, Title 28 NYC Admin Code).
  • The annual report must be filed with the DOB within 14 days (not 45 days) of the inspection date.
  • Similar to elevators, boiler defects must now be corrected within 90 days (instead of 120 days).
  • Affirmations of Correction must be submitted within 14 days of the date corrections were made
  • Owners can request up to two 45-day extensions of the filing deadlines

Please note that the annual inspection cycle (Jan 1 – Dec 31) has not changed. 

Like the above elevator-related changes, these are all in effect as of now. Read the DOB’s service notice and the text of Local Law 126/21 for more details, highlighting changes to the code.

Even More Compliance Resources

If you haven’t checked them out yet, here are some good compliance resources to review:

Of course, stay tuned for any updates – this year is just getting started, and there are already several elevator and boiler-related rules in the pipeline.

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Kristen Hariton

Kristen Hariton is the Vice President, Product Engagement at SiteCompli, focused on exploring new solutions and innovations in property operations tech. When she's not sharing the latest industry trends, changes, and updates, she's planning her next adventure to Walt Disney World.