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FAQ's related to the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State

Please note: Please see our Technical Bulletin and Code Interpretations section of our website for additional Code related items

 

Frequently Asked Questions - General

Q. What are Building Code?
Q. How are Safe Buildings achieved?
Q. How do code officials get certified in New York State?
Q. Where can I obtain a copy of the New York Building Code, and is it online?
Q. What do we do with the old green books (9B NYCRR)?
Q. How can I get a variance?
Q. What is the Secretary's Code Interpretation?
Q. How do I submit a Code Interpretation?
Q. How long will it take it get a Code Interpretation?
Q. Are the current official code interpretations applicable to the new Codes of New York?
Q. What is the required distance separation between Recreational Vehicles in an RV park?

 

Q. WHAT ARE BUILDING CODES?

A.BUILDING CODES are the government’s official statement on building construction and safety. They are developed from laws, regulations and other statutory requirements that are promulgated to ensure the proper construction of buildings and safe occupancy of buildings by our citizens.

Q.HOW ARE SAFE BUILDINGS ACHIEVED?

A.SAFETY is achieved through proper design and construction practices and a code administration program which verifies compliance. As a home owner, business owner or elected official, you have a substantial investment that could be seriously jeopardized through less than complete code enforcement or compliance.

 

Q. How do code officials get certified in New York State?

A. Code officials must complete a basic training program consisting of six courses, each 21 hours long.  The Codes Division offers these courses free of charge at various locations throughout the state.  The program must be completed within one year after initial appointment as a code official. Courses can be waived by the Secretary of State for individuals who have successfully completed equivalent courses or have verifiable experience providing for an equivalent level of knowledge.  Contact the Codes Division Training Unit at (518) 474-4073 for more information about waivers.

 

Q. Where can I obtain a copy of the New York Building Code, and is it online?

A. The Codes of New York State are available for free online. Hard copies and electronic versions of the Codes are available for purchase from the publisher, International Code Council (ICC), by phone at (800)786-4452 or at their website, http://www.iccsafe.org

 

Q. What do we do with the old green books (9B NYCRR)?

A. Keep the books for reference for those buildings constructed or converted under those regulations.

 

Q.How can I get a variance?

A. Contact the Regional Office closest to you.  Describe the situation.  Schedule a site visit.  Submit an application and processing fee for either a Routine Variance or Board Variance.  Normally, a decision occurs in 30 to 60 days.

 

Q. What is the Secretary's Code Interpretation?

A. It is a written document, signed by the Secretary of State, that explains a specific code issue.  It is normally requested by a building owner or a code enforcement official.  Code Interpretations provide clarification to a specific situation and are persuasive in ensuring that future code enforcement situations are enforced in the same manner.Code Interpretations, previously known as Commissioner's Interpretations, were issued by the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) until July 1996, when the Building and Housing Codes Bureau's functions were absorbed by the Department of State BSC.

 

Q. How do I submit a Code Interpretation?

A. Follow the instructions and fill out the form for a Request for a Code Interpretation

 

Q.How long will it take it get a Code Interpretation?

A.The goal is to provide Interpretations within 30 business days.

 

Q. Are the current official code interpretations applicable to the new Codes of New York?

A. No.  They are specific to the Uniform Code at the time they were written.

Q.  What is the required distance separation between Recreational Vehicles in an RV park?

A. The codes do not regulate recreational vehicles.