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Technical Support on the Uniform Code and Energy Code

The DBSC provides technical support on the Uniform and Energy Codes, including clarifications, conditions or practices affecting the Codes, via technical bulletins and code interpretations.

DBSC staff members providing technical assistance have backgrounds in code enforcement, architecture, and civil, fire protection, mechanical, and structural engineering.

How to Get Help

See Frequently Asked Questions before contacting.

Code Enforcement Officials: Email or leave a message with the appropriate Regional office with contact information and a brief description of the issue.

Design Professionals, Contractors & Public: Contact the local code enforcement official where the project is located.

More Information

The Technical Support Unit does NOT approve Factory-built homes and buildings (Modular buildings), certify manufacturers, retailers, installers, and mechanics of manufactured homes (HUD Code Homes), or variances.

For more information regarding the below units, contact the individuals listed at 518-474-4073 or via mail:
    New York State Department of State
    Division of Building Standards and Codes
    One Commerce Plaza
    99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1160
    Albany, NY 12231

Code Development Unit: Serves as Secretariat to the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council (Code Council), which is responsible for amending and maintaining the Uniform and Energy Codes. The specific process for amending the code is outlined in the NY State Administrative Procedures Act. The Code Council is also empowered to review petitions from local governments for higher or more restrictive local standards (MRLS). For more information, contact Assistant Director for Code Development Gerard Hathaway, R.A.

Education Unit: Instructors travel throughout New York State providing the basic training required for initial certification as a Code Enforcement Official (CEO) and delivering in-service training programs for maintaining certification. Instructors also participate in conferences and seminars taking place each year. For more information, contact Assistant Director for Educational Services Nick McAndrews, PE.

Compliance/Oversight Unit: Assistant Director for Variances Erika Krieger, R.A. or Assistant Director for Oversight Gary Traver.

Inspection/Direct Enforcement Unit: Assistant Director Whitney Russell.

Code Administration for Factory Manufactured Building Programs Unit: Assistant Director Joseph Hill, R.A.