Local Law 152 FAQs

Do my buildings require an inspection?

All buildings in NYC, other than single- and two-family dwellings, require an inspection in the first 4-year cycle.  Buildings without gas service require certification from a licensed design professional that gas is not being used in the building, and buildings with gas require an inspection as detailed by Local Law 152 (2016), with final rules published 9/23/19.

When is my first inspection due date? 

Each building is different.  We employ a formula that considers the number of meters, feet of exposed pipe, number of mechanical rooms, laundry rooms and kitchens, overall building size and number of floors where gas is utilized.  Inspection costs can range from $1,000 to upwards of $10,000.

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How much does the inspection cost? 

Each building is different. We employ a formula that considers the number of meters, feet of exposed pipe, number of mechanical rooms, laundry rooms and kitchens, overall building size and number of floors where gas is utilized. Inspection costs can range from $1,000 to upwards of $10,000. 

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Does Par offer multi-building discounts?

The Par Group offers portfolio pricing that can cover multiple buildings over multiple years. Please contact us here to discuss. 

Can my gas system inspection be combined with my backflow and water tank inspections?    

Yes, the most cost-effective compliance programs cover multiple inspection types over multiple years.  Please contact us here to discuss. 

How often to do I need to get my gas system inspected 

Inspections are required every 4 years. This represents a change that was included in the final rule to ensure compliance with the law.

What is the fine if I don’t comply?

$10,000

How long do I have to make repairs? 

120 days from the date of inspection for minor issues, an additional 60 days for a total of 180 days can be requested to address major issues.  If gas service is interrupted, then repairs must be completed and certified prior to the re-establishment of gas service.

Does the inspection involve pressure testing of my gas piping?

No, the law does not require pressure testing. A Combustible Gas Indicator Device (gas sniffer) is utilized by the inspector to detect gas leaks.

What happens if the Utility shuts off my gas due to the discovery of a leak, hazardous or abnormal operating condition? 

You must engage a Licensed Master Plumber to make any required repairs the plumber will:

  • File for a permit with the DOB
  • Pressure test the system to find any leaks
  • Make required repairs
  • Pressure test the system to confirm system integrity after repairs
  • Arrange for and be present at a DOB physical inspection which will include a pressure test
  • Obtain gas authorization, complete any required utility paperwork and arrange for gas turn-on 

What happens if to perform repairs required under LL 152 my gas service needs to be shut off? 

You must engage a Licensed Master Plumber to make any required repairs the plumber will:

  • Request the utility company to shut off service
  • File for a permit with the DOB
  • Pressure test the system to find any leaks
  • Make required repairs
  • Pressure test the system to confirm system integrity after repairs
  • Arrange for and be present at a DOB physical inspection which will include a pressure test
  • Obtain gas authorization, complete any required utility paperwork and arrange for gas turn-on

Does the plumber who identifies hazardous conditions during an inspection need to be the plumber who makes the repairs? 

No, you can use any properly qualified plumber to make the repairs.  However, the repairs must be certified by the plumber who performed the original inspection.

My inspection date is in year 2, 3 or 4 of the initial cycle, should I have an inspection in advance of its due date?

Performing an inspection in advance will let you know your exposure to repairs that will be required under LL 152 and will allow you to budget for and perform non- critical repairs under an extended timeline.  An advance inspection will not meet the DOB filing requirements and a LL152 inspection conducted within the prescribed timeframe for your building will still be required.

I am interested in finding out about all the NYC Local Laws that involve Natural Gas, where can I get this information?         

Learn about NYC’s Gas Laws here

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