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The Challenge

One of the most critical elements of successful property management is compliance with local laws and regulations.

Compliance is a key concern for property managers everywhere, but especially so in New York City, where the regulatory landscape changes rapidly. NYC continues to set the regulatory model for the rest of the country—and it’s the building owners and property managers who are most deeply affected by the rapid pace of new regulations. Year over year, the city passes new laws and regulations faster than most can keep up with.

Failing to meet property management regulations can result in violations, fines, and other state and federal sanctions. That can, in turn, impact potential sales and rentals, and even the property value of the building itself. And even if you employ the most knowledgeable, experienced property manager, you can still miss the mark.

The Solution

Take the solutions with you on the go. Our free, easy-to-use wiki tracks over 70 NYC regulations—everything from boilers to standpipe systems—and outlines the step-by-step processes you need to follow to remain compliant.

Vitralogy clears the path for you to project manage the entire compliance process without worrying about oversights or missteps. Knowledge is power. Use our wiki to master the dizzying regulatory landscape in New York City and beyond.

Navigating the channels of NYC compliance is complicated, so let us help you.

Questions about the compliance process? Not sure when you should schedule your standpipe flow inspection? Worried about what to do if your boiler inspection doesn’t go well? Our compliance expert can answer all of your questions and concerns. All you have to do is ask.
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1. Backflow Preventor

The purpose of a backflow prevention device is to keep contaminants from flowing back into the public drinking water supply. Drinking water is pushed from the city’s water main to your property’s plumbing by pressure and it should only flow in one direction. Due to pressure changes in pipes, the water can flow backwards into city water lines and could contaminate the public water supply with human waste and chemicals.

1.1. Annual Inspection

  • 1.1.1. Scheduling
  • 1.1.2. Inspection
  • 1.1.3. Filing

2. Boiler

A boiler is a closed vessel in which fluid is heated.

2.1. Pressure Relief Valve Annual Inspection

  • 2.1.1. Scheduling
  • 2.1.2. Inspection
  • 2.1.3. Filing

2.2. Annual Boiler Inspection

  • 2.2.1. Scheduling
  • 2.2.2. Inspection
  • 2.2.3. Filing

2.3. Triennial

  • 2.3.1. Registration

2.4. Boiler Tune-Up

  • 2.4.1. Inspection
  • 2.4.2. Filing

3. Building

We consider the building to be the site location that can be residential or commercial.

3.1. Administrative

  • 3.1.1. Anti-Harassment
  • 3.1.2. Conflict of Interest

3.10. Registration

  • 3.10.1. Loft Board Registration
  • Filing
  • 3.10.2. DHCR Rent Registration
  • Filing
  • 3.10.3. MDR Property Registration
  • Filing
  • 3.10.4. Biennial Registration
  • Filing

3.12. Local Law 152

  • 3.12.1. Schedule
  • 3.12.2. Inspection
  • 3.12.3. Filing

3.13. Local Law 92/94

  • 3.13.1. Schedule
  • 3.13.2. Inspection
  • 3.13.3. Filing

3.14. Local Law 26

  • 3.14.1. Schedule
  • 3.14.2. Inspection
  • 3.14.3. Filing

3.15. Local Law 5

  • 3.15.1. Schedule

3.2. Financial

  • 3.2.1. RPIE
  • Filing
  • 3.2.2. Abatement
  • Filing

3.3. Fire Safety

  • 3.3.1. Certificate of Fitness
  • Filing
  • 3.3.2. Emergency Action Plan
  • Filing

3.4. Local Law 33

  • 3.4.1. Scheduling
  • 3.4.2. Filing

3.5. Local Law 55

  • 3.5.1. Scheduling
  • 3.5.2. Inspection
  • 3.5.3. Filing

3.6. Local Law 69

  • 3.6.1. Filing

3.7. Local Law 84

  • 3.7.1. Scheduling
  • 3.7.2. Filing

3.8. Local Law 87

  • 3.8.1. Scheduling
  • 3.8.2. Inspection
  • 3.8.3. Retro-Commissioning
  • 3.8.4. Filing

3.9. Local Law 97

  • 3.9.1. Scheduling
  • 3.9.2. Filing

4. Cooling Towers

A tall unit that recirculates water to make the inside of a building cooler. Cooling Towers are often part of a building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. A cooling tower can be found in or on top of a large high-rise building.

4.1. Local Law 77 – Routine Maintenance & Repair

Overview Local Law 77 mandates regular maintenance and repair helps to avoid complete system failure and legionella contamination that can be easily spread through the air conditioning system.   Building owners are required to hire a qualified person to conduct the compliance inspections. If

4.10. Right-to-Know

  • 4.10.1. Filing

4.3. Local Law 77 – 90 Day Legionella Test

  • 4.3.1. Inspection
  • 4.3.2. Filing

4.4. Local Law 77 Commissioning & Registration

Overview The Cooling Tower must be registered with NYCDOB online system. A registration number will be provided. The NYC registration number must be posted in a visible location on the cooling tower.   If your cooling tower is decommissioned you should report this to both the City

4.6. Cooling Tower Binder Review

Overview Boards must also keep a Maintenance Program and Plan onsite for each cooling tower, test the water every week, and test for Legionella bacteria every 90 days. Building owners are also required to enlist a responsible person(s) defined as someone

4.7. Local Law 77 Startup

Overview Before a cooling tower system startup, cleaning and disinfection must be done in 15 or fewer days from startup. Disinfection must be done if one or more of these situations apply:   The cooling tower manufacturer recommends disinfection  The buildings

4.8. Local Law 77 Shutdown

Overview Part of your cooling tower shutdown for the season, a disinfection of the tower is required. Your water treatment company will be prepared to use one or more biocides at a defined concentration, under specific conditions and for 4 to 6 hours

5. Elevator

An elevator is a type of vertical transportation machine that moves people or freight between floors, levels, or decks of a building, vessel, or other structure.

5.1. Annual Inspection

  • 5.1.1. Scheduling
  • 5.1.2. Inspection
  • 5.1.3. Filing

5.2. CAT5 Elevator Inspection

  • 5.2.1. Scheduling
  • 5.2.2. Inspection
  • 5.2.3. Filing

5.3. CAT3 Elevator Inspection

  • 5.3.1. Scheduling
  • 5.3.2. Inspection
  • 5.3.3. Filing

5.4. Door Lock Monitoring

  • 5.4.1. Scheduling
  • 5.4.2. Filing

6. Escalator

An escalator is a moving staircase which carries people between floors of a building. It consists of a motor-driven chain of individually linked steps on a track which cycle on a pair of tracks which keeps them horizontal.

6.1. Annual Inspection

  • 6.1.1. Scheduling
  • 6.1.2. Inspection
  • 6.1.3. Filing

7. Facade

The face of a building, especially the principal front that looks onto a street or open space.

7.1. FISP

  • 7.1.1. Scheduling
  • 7.1.2. Inspection
  • 7.1.3. Filing

8. Fire Alarm

A device making a loud noise that gives warning of a fire, which may be monitored by a central station that will contact the emergency contact person on record and dispatch the local Fire Department.

8.1. Semi-Annual Inspection

  • 8.1.1. Scheduling
  • 8.1.2. Inspection

9. Fire Extinguisher

Portable fire extinguishers are one of the easiest ways to control, contain and extinguish small kitchen, house, office and workplace fires.

9.1. Annual Inspection

  • 9.1.1. Scheduling
  • 9.1.2. Inspection

10. Fuel Tank

A fuel tank is a safe container for flammable fluids. Fuel tanks range in size and complexity. The New York City Mechanical Code specifies that fuel-oil storage and piping systems must comply with the requirements of NFPA 31. Underground - Any tank completely covered with earth or other material. Aboveground - Any stationary tank which is not entirely covered with earth or other material, or any tank which can be inspected in a subterranean vault (including “underground, vaulted with access”).

10.1. AST Monthly Inspection

  • 10.1.1. Inspection

10.2. Tightness Test

  • 10.2.1. Scheduling
  • 10.2.2. Inspection

10.3. Ten Year Test

  • 10.3.1. Scheduling
  • 10.3.2. Inspection

11. Generator

The basic purpose of a generator is to provide electric power whenever the supply from the local electric utility company suffers an interruption


Overview Maintenance and testing are critical to the continued reliability of your emergency generator and must be performed in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations, instruction manuals, and the minimum requirements of NFPA 110.  Your facility should have at least two sets

12. Gravity Tank

A water storage tank in which water is stored at atmospheric pressure and distributed by gravity flow in a downfeed system; the tank is usually elevated above the roof of a building and is filled by a house pump.

12.1. Domestic Gravity Tank

  • 12.1.1. Scheduling
  • 12.1.2. Inspection
  • 12.1.3. Filing

13. Hood Suppression

Fire suppression systems are crucial to preventing a fire from getting out of control and causing costly damage to your building. More importantly, a fire suppression system can prevent injury or even death of residents or employees by giving them precious time to leave the building after a fire has been detected.

17.1 Hood Suppression Inspection/Test

  • 17.1.1. Inspection
  • 17.1.2. Test

14. Pool

The term “Swimming Pool” means any structure, basin, chamber or tank which is intended for swimming, diving, recreational bathing or wading and which contains, is designed to contain, or is capable of containing water more than 24 inches (610 mm) deep at any point. This includes in-ground, above-ground and on-ground pools; indoor pools; hot tubs; spas; and fixed-in-place wading pools.

13.1. Pool Inspection

  • 13.1.1. Scheduling
  • 13.1.2. Inspection
  • 13.1.3. Filing

15. Smoke Detector

A fire-protection device that automatically detects and gives a warning of the presence of smoke.

14.1. Smoke Detector Replacement

Overview Effective April 1, 2019, a new NY State law requires all NEW or REPLACEMENT smoke detectors in New York State to be powered by a 10-year, sealed, non-removable battery, or hardwired to the home.     14.1.1. Inspection Homeowners and

16. Sprinkler System

An active fire protection method, consisting of a water supply system, providing adequate pressure and flowrate to a water distribution piping system.

12.2. Sprinkler Gravity Tank

  • 12.2.1. Scheduling
  • 12.2.2. Inspection

15.1.Obstruction Assessment

  • 15.1.1. Scheduling
  • 15.1.2. Inspection

15.3. Sprinkler Inspection

  • 15.3.1. Scheduling
  • 15.3.2. Inspection

15.4. Sprinkler Test

  • 15.4.1. Scheduling
  • 15.4.2. Test

17. Standpipe System

Standpipe systems are an important part of the fire protection system in a building. The standpipe system provides water that fire fighters can manually discharge through hoses onto a fire. When a standpipe system is installed and properly maintained it is a very effective means for extinguishing fires. standpipe systems are required in buildings that are over six stories 75 feet in height.

15.5. Visual Inspection

  • 15.5.1. Scheduling
  • 15.5.2. Inspection

16.1. Fire Pump

  • 16.1.1. Scheduling
  • 16.1.2. Inspection

16.2. Standpipe Inspection

  • 16.2.1. Scheduling
  • 16.2.2. Inspection

16.3. Hose Inspection

  • 16.3.1. Scheduling
  • 16.3.2. Inspection

16.4. Hydrostatic Test

  • 16.4.1. Scheduling
  • 16.4.2. Inspection
  • 16.4.3. Filing

16.5. Flow Test

  • 16.5.1. Scheduling
  • 16.5.2. Inspection
  • 16.5.3. Filing

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Navigating the channels of NYC compliance is complicated, so let us help you.

Joe McEvoy

Joe McEvoy is the Chief Technology Officer and driving force behind Vitralogy’s Research and Development. Joe holds a degree in BioChemistry and started his career in Genetic Analysis before being enchanted by the tech boom and eventually building a highly successful Systems Integration company. In 2016 Joe sold his company to join Vitralogy at its earliest stages. With a vast knowledge base and a year of in depth research with leading Legionella Compliance experts including the renowned Special Pathogens Laboratory; Joe has been instrumental in building the Vitralogy platform around the complex and time-sensitive requirements of the law.