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A new amendment to the NYC building code which goes into affect November 10th, 2017 requires that new job types under ten stories, excluding 1, 2 and 3 family buildings, retain a construction superintendent, who among other things, is responsible for maintaining a safe job site. It would also require any building that is required to have a superintendent to also create a site safety plan that must be kept on site.

The following types of jobs are now required to have a designated superintendent:

  1. The construction of a new building
  2. The full demolition of an existing building
  3. An alteration to an existing building that involves one or more of the following:
    1. A vertical enlargement
    2. A horizontal enlargement
    3. The alteration or demolition of more than 50 percent of the floor area of the buildings during the course of work over any 12 month period.
    4. The removal of one or more floors during the course of of work over any 12 month period.
    5. Work that requires a special inspection for underpinning; or
    6. Work that requires a special inspection for the protection of sides of excavations.
  4. Other jobs that pose an enhanced risk to the public and property, as determined by the commissioner


Exceptions: Notwithstanding the above, a construction superintendent is not required for:

  1. work listed in Section 3310.1, for which a site safety manager or coordinator must be designated.
  2. Work which solely involves the construction of a new 1, 2, or 3 family building.


View the full amendment to the NYC building code.

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