Local Law 152 FAQs

Why perform a preliminary inspection? 

Performing a preliminary inspection 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.

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.

When is my inspection due date? 

There are approximately 300,000 buildings that will require inspection during each 5-year cycle.  Inspections are expected to be scheduled evenly across the cycle.  The Department of Buildings is currently developing this.  We expect inspections to commence in Q2 of 2019 for 2019 covered buildings.

How often do I need to have my gas system inspected?

Inspections are required every 5 years. 

What is the fine if I don’t comply?     

$10,000 annually

I received a letter from my utility saying they were coming to inspect my meter, how is this inspection related to LL 152? 

The Utilities are required by the Public Service Commission to inspect jurisdictional gas piping every 3 years.  In a typical NYC building that includes the piping from the building wall through the outlet of the meter.LL 152 inspections include the interior jurisdictional piping. However, DOB delays in issuing the LL 152 covered building schedule have forced the utilities to commence separate inspections to comply with Public Service Commission requirements.

How long do I have to make repairs? 

120 days for minor 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 CGI 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.

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