NYC’s 2022 Chapter 33 Construction Code Revisions – BC 3303.16 Worker Sheds, Contractor Sheds, and Similar Structures

Our Series on the 2022 New York City Building Code, Chapter 33, Safeguards During Construction or Demolition Continues…

Introducing BC 3303.16 – Worker Sheds, Contractor Sheds and Similar Structures

The existing code did not require a permit for contractor shanties/offices, even though DOB inspectors often asked for permits for large contractor offices. The shanties/offices within 30 feet of an existing bldg., a new bldg., or another shanty/office had to be non-combustible construction with few exceptions (exceptions limited to 1 story and 120 square feet in area, more than 30 feet from another shanty/office, and constructed of fire-retardant wood protected from elements by sheet metal).

The revised code now requires the installation of smoke detectors and wet sprinklers or dry chemical extinguishers (commonly used today) and compliance with egress requirements of Chapter 10, as they relate to door width and travel distance. The construction of the shanty/office must meet the requirements of Class I, II (non-combustible) or III fire-resistant construction (protected combustible), depending on the location of the shanty/office (inside structure, inside fire district, within 30 feet of another shanty/office).

A permit is needed for the construction of the shanty/office, except if the shanty/office does not exceed 1 story and 120 square feet and is located more than 30 feet from another shanty/office. However, permits are needed for all utility hookups (electric, plumbing, etc.) without exception

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No matter what your role is, being aware of New York City’s latest construction code changes can help you to build safe and save you time and money. And as we all well know – ignorance of the rules is no defense when the inspector comes knocking. Not having a firm grip on the latest regulations can be very costly. Problems like this can be avoided when you have an experienced team combing through the new regulations and making relevant information available to you.

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
  • Demolition
  • 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.

Here at Cahill Strategies, we assist developers, owners, general contractors and other industry stakeholders to understand the intricacies of the New York City code. We solve problems in this area every single 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.

See full details in BB 2022-007

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2023-01-31T14:30:28-05:00November 28th, 2022|Categories: Cahill Blog, Chapter 33 update, Construction, Front Page, New York City, News|

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