Our Series on the 2022 New York City Building Code, Chapter 33, Safeguards During Construction or Demolition Continues…
Introducing BC 3304 – Soil and Foundation Work
Existing DOB policy required that soil/foundation work notification to DOB include the confirmation number verifying that the contractor also notified the utility companies (the so called “call before you dig” requirement). The revised code put this requirement in the code itself.
Reminder: These notifications are now made electronically through the DOBNOW portal.
The existing code allowed any registered design professional to prepare support of excavation drawings. The revised code allows only a registered professional engineer to prepare support of excavation drawings where the excavation will be carried to depth greater than 20 feet.
In addition, some of the exemptions to the requirement for design drawings have been modified. To take advantage of the exemptions, the excavation must now be less than 5 feet deep but above the water table; or if greater than 5 feet, must be 5 feet from adjoining foundations/streets and must not exceed 20 feet, with the sloping of the resulting embankments not steeper than 34 degrees (1.5 horizontal to 1 vertical) or sloped in accordance with a design professionals’ recommendations.
The trench box exemption now requires the manufacturer’s specifications to be on site. This had been the policy but is now codified.
Although the existing code contained some limitations on the sloping and benching of excavations, a new more detailed section with table has been provided in the revised code, linking slope to soil type (A, B, C). The exemption to sloping for rock (of Class A, B, C) has been carried over, provided a geotechnical report substantiates the safety of the cut.
You can find the Chapter 33 Safeguards During Construction OR Demolition General Section here…
You can find Local Law 126, authorizing the revisions of these building codes here…
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The new Chapter 33 construction code revisions cover the following areas:
- Manufacturer specifications, design, and capacity
- Safeguards and Maintenance of the Site
- Soil and foundation work
- Material placement and installation
- Protection of pedestrians
- Unenclosed perimeter protection
- Protection of adjoining property
- Requirements for the construction or demolition of major buildings
If you’re doing major work in New York City, every one of these areas is part of your day-to-day.
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A Note About the effective dates of the 2022 New York City Building Code, Chapter 33, Safeguards During Construction or Demolition:
- The effective date of the 2022 Building Code (Local Law 126 of 2021) is November 7, 2022.
- Buildings Bulletin 2022-007 (Building Bulletins 2022 – Buildings governs when an application is subject to the 2022 codes vs prior codes.
- For Chapter 33/Safeguards During Construction or Demolition, the trigger date for jobs requiring a Site Safety Plan (SSP) is the approval date of the SSP.
- For jobs NOT requiring a SSP submission or not requiring a SSP at all, the trigger date is the submission date of the underlying work application (new building, alteration, etc).
- For phased SSP submissions, at least one complete phase (such as the foundation phase of a multi-phase project) must be approved before 11/07/22 to vest under the 2014 codes.
- Application submissions must be “substantially” complete, meaning, no incomplete “place holder” filings should be submitted for the sole purpose of vesting under a prior code.
- For temporary construction equipment, including fences, sidewalk sheds, scaffolds, cranes, chutes, etc., the trigger date is the date of submission of the temporary construction equipment application.
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