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How Request Waiver of DOB Penalties for Failure to File Boiler Inspection Report in NYC - New York

Updated: Feb 28, 2023




(6) Waiver of penalties. An owner may request a waiver of penalties assessed for violation of Article 303 of Title 28 of the Administrative Code and/or related rules enforced by the department. Requests shall be made in writing and submitted with the filing fee.


(i) Owner status.


(A) New owner. A new owner may be granted a waiver of penalties contingent upon the department’s acceptance of the owner’s proof that transfer of ownership to the new owner occurred after penalties were incurred. Proof includes a recorded deed evidencing transfer of ownership to the current owner after penalties were incurred, as well as any other documentation requested by the Department.


(B) Government ownership. An owner may be granted a waiver of penalties upon submission of official documentation from a government entity affirming that the premises was owned in its entirety by the entity during the period for which a waiver is requested.


(C) Bankruptcy. An owner may be granted a waiver of penalties upon submission of a copy of a bankruptcy petition and a decision from the bankruptcy court.


(D) Small business. An owner of a small business may be granted a first time waiver of penalties where the owner has demonstrated, in a form and manner determined by the Department, that they are the owner of the business.


(ii) Device status. An owner may be granted a waiver of penalties contingent upon the department’s acceptance of proof of the following:


(A) Removed or disconnected. That the high-pressure boiler was removed from the building or disconnected prior to the inspection cycle for which the report was due. In the event that proof of removal or disconnection has not yet been entered into the department’s database at the time of the request for a waiver, the owner shall submit to the department a copy of the submission for removal or disconnection of the boiler.


(B) New or replaced. That the first test was performed during the inspection cycle for which the report was due.


(C) Work in progress. That there is work in progress for the replacement or installation of a new boiler or burner or a major renovation requiring that the boiler or burner be deactivated during the work. For the purposes of this clause, “proof” shall mean the filing of a boiler application including a projected date of completion of work. Upon completion of such work, a new inspection and test report shall be filed in accordance with this section.


(iii) Building status. An owner may be granted a waiver of penalties contingent upon the department’s confirmation of the following:


(A) Demolished. That the full demolition of the building occurred prior to the inspection cycle for which the report was due and that such demolition was signed off by the department and/or that a new building permit has been issued for the property.


(B) Sealed or vacated. That the building was ordered to be sealed or vacated by a government agency (e.g. Department of Buildings, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Fire Department of New York or Office of Emergency Management) or by court order prior to the expiration of the inspection cycle for which the report was due.

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