APPLYING THE CODES

The 2008 and 2014 NYC Construction Codes are essentially based on I-Codes established by the International Code Council. I-Codes are known as the standard International Construction Codes (ICC), many of which have been adopted and modified by various jurisdictions including New York City. While I-Codes include an “International Existing Buildings Code”, New York City does not. The City allows existing buildings to comply with applicable regulations of the 1968 and 1938 NYC Building Codes as set forth in the provisions of the 2014 Administrative Code.

 

3C CODES CONNECT EGUIDE GLOSSARY

*Note: The terms used throughout this eGuide are NOT legal terms and shall be referenced solely for purpose of this eGuide. Refer to the appropriate resource for terms defined in the applicable NYC Zoning and Building Codes.

Code(s): ALL NYC Building & Construction Codes from 1938 thru 2014 including; Mech/PL/FGC/Fire Code/ECC, Bulletins, Memos, directives, local laws, directives, executive orders etc.)

RCNY (Rules & Regulations of NYC): NYC Department of Buildings laws, rules and procedures regulating the filing and permit process

Zoning: 1961 NYC Zoning Resolution with Department of City Planning as the Agency having jurisdiction.
(Also regulated by BSA- Boards of Standards & Appeals)

MDL: Multiple Dwelling Laws for Residential buildings with 4 or more dwelling units.

New Code: Refers to both 2014 and 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

2014 Code: Refers to all 2014 NYC Construction Codes & Building Bulletins from 2014 to present.

2008 Code: Refers to all 2008 NYC Construction Codes & Building Bulletins from 2008 to 2014.

1968 Code: Refers to Volume 1 & Volume 2 of the 1968 Building Code including Local Laws, directives and 2003 text Amendments edition.

1938 Code: Refers to all Articles in the 1938 Building Code, directives, memorandums, local laws including labor laws from 1913.

New Buildings: Building or Structures from the ground-up. New Buildings include enlargements of more than 110% of existing floor area.

Prior-code(s): Existing Buildings erected prior to December 1st, 2008 are considered prior-code buildings previous made to comply with either the 1968 Building Codes or 1938 Building Codes.

OVERVIEW OF USE/OCCUPANCY CLASSIFICATIONS

2014 Building Code (New Code)

R = (Residential) Hotels, Multiple Dwellings, 1-2 Family Dwellings
M = (Mercantile) Retail, stores, service establishments
B = (Business) Offices, Colleges & Assemblies with less than 75 occupants
A = (Assembly) Assembly and places of gathering over 75 occupants
F = (Factory) Manufacturing, production, machinery & equipment rooms
S = (Storage) Warehouse
E = (Educational) Elementary/M
I = (Institutional) Group Homes, assisted living & community facilities

1968 Building Code (Prior code)

J = (Residential) Hotels, Multiple Dwellings, 1-2 Family Dwellings
C = (Mercantile) Retail, stores, service establishments
E = (Business) Offices
F = (Assembly) Assembly and places of gathering over 75 occupants
D = (Factory) Manufacturing, production, machinery & equipment rooms
B = (Storage) Warehouse
G = (Educational) Elementary/Middle school/High school

1938 Building Code (Prior code)

RES = (Residential) Single, multiple and group living & hotels
PUB = (Public) Government buildings, schools and Institutions
COM = (Commercial) Business including offices, factory, restaurants, retail stores etc.

Zoning: Building “USE” refers to Zoning Use Groups per NYC Zoning Resolution

UG 1-2
UG 3-4
UG 5-9
UG 13-15
UG 14-18

Single & Multiple Family Dwellings
Community centers (schools/non-profit)
Business & retail services (Inc. hotels)
Recreation & Amusements
Manufacturing, Industrial/Production

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