For building owners and property managers in New York City, it is important to remember that boilers must be inspected each year. With only a few exceptions, like boilers for one- to five-family properties or those owned by domestic or foreign government agencies, all boilers in the city must go through an annual inspection to be tested for their safety and fitness to operate. Here are some points for building owners to keep in mind when planning for a boiler inspection.
First Test Inspections for New or Renovated Boilers
When a boiler is replaced or newly installed, it must go through a First Test Inspection. The same applies if the boiler has had more than half of its components replaced. When a boiler passes this inspection, it will receive approval and an NYC Certificate to Operate, without requiring an additional inspection that same year.
Annual Inspections for High-Pressure Boilers
Every year, high-pressure boilers must be inspected by a qualified inspector. These examinations include both an internal inspection and an external inspection. While both can be conducted in the same cycle, the annual inspections should be done with an approximate gap of six months. Some low-pressure boilers also require an annual inspection, including those in buildings with six or more apartments. An inspection report must be filed after the review is completed.
Penalties for Missed Annual Inspections
Building owners must conduct these inspections each year and correct problems that are found by the inspectors. Safety violations can be issued for illegally installed boilers or unsafe equipment once brought to the owner’s attention. However, owners can also receive violations for not filing an inspection report within 12 months of the inspection date. Building owners are fined $50 monthly or $1,000 annually if they do not file the required reports. In order to avoid these fees and additional problems, preparing in advance for annual inspections can keep building owners in good standing.