DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Pursuant to subdivision 1 of section 202-d of the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA), notice is hereby provided of the following rules that the Department of State is considering proposing but for which a rule making proceeding has not been commenced. All references are to Title 19 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations unless otherwise noted. Regulatory plans of the Department of State are subject to change; the Department reserves the right to add, delete, or modify items appearing on the following list. As indicated in SAPA section 202-d(2), the Department of State is not required to propose for adoption any rule summarized in a regulatory agenda and may propose a rule for adoption that is not listed in a regulatory agenda.
This notice is also intended to further assure that small businesses, local governments, and public and private interests in rural areas are given the opportunity to participate in the rule making process, as provided for in sections 202-b and 202-bb of SAPA. Each rule listed below may require a regulatory flexibility analysis or a rural area impact statement pursuant to SAPA sections 202-b and 202-bb, respectively.
The public is welcome to send written comments regarding the Regulatory Agenda of the Department of State to the contact person at the end of this list.
DIVISION OF CEMETERIES
Considering adding new sections regarding various financial matters, such as permanent maintenance fund allocations, pre-need sales, trust fund reconciliations, and financial reports.
Considering amending section 201.17 dealing with lawn crypts.
Considering adding a new section to allow for the disposal of remains in pet cemeteries.
DIVISION OF COASTAL RESOURCES
Parts 600 - 603
Considering amending the New York State Coastal and Inland Waterway Regulations affecting federal, state, local, and individual actions concerned with Article 42 of the New York State Executive Law (“Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterways”) and implementation of the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act in New York as described in the New York Coastal Management Program.
DIVISION OF CODE ENFORCEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
Parts 910 and 911
Considering adding a new Chapter comprised of Parts 910 and 911 containing provisions relating to energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment.
Consider adding new Part(s) and/or amending existing Parts to establish rules, regulations, standards and procedures relating to (1) the approval of code enforcement training programs for code enforcement personnel charged with enforcement of the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and/or the State Energy Conservation Construction Code and for certified code technicians (CCTs), and the revocation of such approvals; (2) minimum courses of study, attendance requirements, and equipment and facilities to be required for approved code enforcement training programs for code enforcement personnel and CCTs; (3) minimum qualifications for instructors for approved code enforcement training programs for code enforcement personnel and CCTs; (4) the requirements of minimum basic training which code enforcement personnel and CCTs shall complete in order to be eligible for continued employment or permanent appointment, and the time within which such basic training must be completed following such appointment; (5) the requirements for in-service training programs designed to assist code enforcement personnel and CCTs in maintaining skills and being informed of technological advances; (6) categories or classifications of advanced in-service training programs and minimum courses of study and attendance requirements with respect to such categories or classifications; (7) granting exemptions from some or all of the foregoing provisions with respect to a county, city, town or village, and the revocation in whole or in part of such any exemption; (8) approval of code enforcement training programs for code enforcement personnel and CCTs, the issuance of certificates of approval to such programs, and the revocation of such approvals and certificates; (9) certification, as qualified, instructors for approved code enforcement training programs for code enforcement personnel and CCTs and the issuance of appropriate certificates to such instructors, and the revocation of such approvals and certificates; (10) certification of code enforcement personnel and CCTs who have satisfactorily completed basic training programs and in-service training programs, the issuance of appropriate certificates to such code enforcement personnel and CCTs, and the revocation of such certificates; and (11) measurement of the rate of compliance with the State Energy Conservation Construction Code, and requirements that such rate of compliance be measured on an annual basis; and otherwise to implement Chapter 560 of the Laws of 2010 and section 376-a of the Executive Law.
Consider amending this Part to provide that (1) where a county elects not to enforce the Uniform Code, the local government in which a county facility is situated shall be responsible for enforcement of the Uniform Code with respect to such facility and (2) where both a county and the local government in which a county facility is located have elected not to enforce the Uniform Code, the Secretary of State shall be responsible for enforcement of the Uniform Code with respect to such facility.
Considering amending this Part to make the provisions relating to the administration of the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code by the Department of State in certain local governments and counties substantially similar to the corresponding provisions in revised Part 1203 (which became effective on January 1, 2007), and to update the fee schedule currently contained in section 1202.7.
Considering amending this Part to (1) establish more appropriate inspection intervals for normally unoccupied buildings; (2) clarify the language found in this Part; (3) make such changes to this Part as may be required or appropriate to reflect the applicability of this Part to enforcement of the State Energy Conservation Construction Code; (4) make such other changes to this Part as may be required or appropriate to implement Chapter 560 of the Laws of 2010 and Section 376-a of the Executive Law; (5) delete the requirement that local governments and counties file annual reports related to their code enforcement activities; and (6) require that permits for the renovation, remodeling, repair, alteration, or demolition of existing structures include as a condition a requirement that before work begins, the permit applicant must obtain and submit to the code official documentary evidence establishing compliance with any and all applicable asbestos surveying requirements and asbestos abatement requirements as established from time to time by the Labor Law and/or Department of Labor regulations.
Considering amending this Part to make the provisions relating to the administration of the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code by State Agencies substantially similar to the corresponding provisions in revised Part 1203 (which became effective on January 1, 2007).
Also considering amending this Part to authorize the Department of State to prescribe the form to be used for construction-permitting agencies’ annual reports, to require construction-permitting agencies to submit their annual reports to the Department of State, to authorize the Department of State to post construction-permitting agencies’ annual reports on the Department’s website, and otherwise to implement recommendations that may be made in the New York State / New York City Building Code Task Force report expected to be issued on or about June 30, 2012.
Considering amending this Part to (1) make the procedures for variances under the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code applicable to variances under the State Energy Conservation Construction Code; (2) add new provisions relating to variances under the State Energy Conservation Construction Code; (3) revise procedures for appeals on variance matters; (4) address reopening and rehearing of variance hearings; (5) establish procedures for decisions to be made on a written record; (6) revise and/or clarify the circumstances under which an appeal of a determination made by a code enforcement official may be filed under this Part; and (7) expand and clarify the circumstances under which a Uniform Code variance may be granted by Department of State staff without referral to a Regional Board of Review.
Considering amending provisions relating to the minimum qualifications of code enforcement personnel.
Considering amending this Part concerning factory manufactured housing to update it and increase fees for plan review and Insignias of Approval.
Considering updating and amending this Part concerning manufactured homes and the certification and training of manufacturers, retailers, installers and mechanics of manufactured homes.
Considering amending the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) to amend provisions applicable to abandoned buildings, make technical corrections to the updated version of the Uniform Code adopted in 2010, and otherwise update the provisions of the Uniform Code.
Also, considering amending Part 1225 (the Fire Code of New York State) to implement recommendations that may be made in the New York State / New York City Building Code Task Force report expected to be issued on or about June 30, 2012.
Considering amending the State Energy Conservation Construction Code (Energy Code) to make technical corrections to the updated version of the Energy Code adopted in 2010, make such changes as may be necessary or appropriate to implement Chapter 560 of the Laws of 2010, and otherwise update the provisions of the Energy Code.
Considering amending or repealing the provisions relating to Certificates of Acceptability.
DIVISION OF LICENSING SERVICES
Considering revising the advertising regulations applicable to real estate brokers and salespeople.
Considering revising regulations applicable to real estate brokers and salespeople to account for statutory and industry changes, and to add clarity to existing regulations.
Consider adopting regulations relative to the internet sale of hearing aids.
Considering revising field-based training regulations for home inspectors to implement more stringent requirements.
Considering revising regulations pertaining to real estate appraisers in order to conform them with federal requirements for supervising appraisers and appraisal trainees.
STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION
Considering repealing obsolete sections of Part 217 regarding professional wrestling in order to achieve consistency with Title 25 of the Unconsolidated Laws.
Considering adding a new Part 218 concerning special rules for review, addition, and removal of single-discipline martial arts sanctioning organizations in New York State.
To obtain information or submit written comments concerning any item in the above Regulatory Agenda of the Department of State, please contact: David Treacy, Esq., Office of General Counsel, New York State Department of State, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1120, Albany, New York 12231-0001, (518) 474-6740. This Regulatory Agenda, which is scheduled for publication in the June 27, 2012 Issue of the New York State Register, will be posted on the Department’s website at: www.dos.ny.gov.