Safe Construction Bill of Rights: New Requirements For Building Owners



Effective on December 28, 2017, Local Law 159 of 2017: Safe Construction Bill of Rights requires building owners of multiple dwellings to distribute a Safe Construction Bill of Rights notice to each occupied unit, in addition to posting the notice in the building’s lobby, on each floor within 10 feet of every elevator bank, and within 10 feet of every main stairwell if there is no elevator, until all permitted work is complete. The Safe Construction Bill of Rights must be shown contemporaneously with construction permits for all work except for minor alterations or ordinary repairs; contemporaneously when an owner requests an emergency work permit; as well as for new buildings, immediately upon application for a temporary certificate of occupancy. The bill must be published in English, Spanish and any language the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) deems necessary, and failure to comply with the law can result in violations for building owners.

The Safe Construction Bill of Rights notice must include the following information:

• a description and location of the work being conducted in the building;

• the hours of construction;

• a projected timeline for the completion of the work;

• a description of the amenities or essential services anticipated to be unavailable or interrupted during the work and how the owner will minimize such unavailability or interruption;

• contact information, including a telephone number, for an agent or employee of the owner who can be reached for non-emergency matters regarding the work being performed;

• contact information, including a telephone number, for an agent or employee of the owner who can be reached for emergency matters regarding the work being performed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the period of construction;

and

• contact information for the relevant City and State agencies where occupants may submit complaints or ask questions about the work being performed.

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