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Local Law 159 of 2017: Safe Construction Bill of Rights

Updated: Nov 15, 2023




Effective December 28, 2017, Owners of multiple dwellings are required to provide a Safe Construction Bill of Rights for the following types of construction:

• an application for a permit for work not constituting minor alterations or ordinary repairs;

• an emergency work permit;

• new buildings, immediately upon application for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy


The Safe Construction Bill of Rights notice must include:

• a description of the type of work being conducted and the locations in the multiple dwelling where the work will take place;

• the hours of construction;

• a projected timeline for the completion of the work;

• a description of the amenities or essential services anticipated to be unavailable or interrupted during the work and how the owner will minimize such unavailability or interruption;

• contact information, including a telephone number, for an agent or employee of the Owner who can be reached for non-emergency matters pertaining to the work being performed;

• contact information, including a telephone number, for an agent or employee of the Owner who can be reached for emergency matters pertaining to the work being performed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the period of construction; and

• contact information for the relevant City and State agencies where occupants may submit complaints or ask questions about the work being performed.


Owners are required to distribute the Safety Construction Bill of Rights notice to each occupied dwelling unit or post it in the building lobby, as well as on every floor within 10 feet of every elevator bank, or in a building with no elevator, within 10 feet of every main stairwell. The notice must be published in English, Spanish and any other languages that the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) may provide by rule. The notice must remain posted until the completion of the described permitted work.


In addition to HPD, the Department may enforce these requirements. An Owner who fails to comply with these requirements will be subject to a violation.


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