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Division of Building Standards and Codes

Ensures the Health, Safety and Resilience of the Built Environment for all New Yorkers. The Division of Building Standards and Codes (BSC) administers the mandatory statewide Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) and State Energy Conservation Construction Code (Energy Code).  The Division provides a variety of services related to the Uniform Code and Energy Code.  It provides technical assistance, administers variances, delivers educational courses, oversees the enforcement practices of local governments and serves as secretariat to the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council.  The Albany Central Office and eleven regional offices throughout the state provide regional service to elected officials and local code enforcement personnel regarding general requirements for code enforcement.  The Division program was created by Chapter 707 of the Laws of 1981.  The New York Legislature enacted Article 18 of the Executive Law, directing the formulation of a Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code).  The Uniform Code is designed to cover new construction, building rehabilitation, fire safety, and housing maintenance.

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Public Notice of Meetings

A meeting of the New York State Department of State’s Albany Regional Board of Review will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Ave 5th Floor Conference Room, Suite 505 Albany, NY. The Public has the right to attend the meeting.

Should you require further information, please contact Brian Tollisen, Assistant Director for Regional Services, Building Standards and Codes Division, New York State Department of State, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12231(Telephone: 518-474-4073; e-mail: Brian.Tollisen@dos.ny.gov ).

The next scheduled State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council meeting will be on May 7, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Technical Assistance

The way the BSC delivers Technical Assistance is changing. Click here for more information...


Notice of Rule in Development

Notice of Rule in Development - The Department of State is currently developing a rule that would amend Uniform Code by adding provisions that would allow a building to be used on a temporary basis for a use not consistent with the building’s existing occupancy classification, provided that the building satisfies certain safety-related requirements. Read more.

New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code

List of Clarifications to the 2010 Codes of New York State and the 2010 Energy Code

Free Online Codes of New York State

Visit the website of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for read-only access to the NFPA Codes and Standards referenced in Codes of New York State.


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