In the wake of the recent Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Bronx, the City of New York has adopted amendments to the Administrative Code requiring the registration of all cooling towers with the Department of Buildings (DOB). Any clients who own or operate buildings in the City should address this matter to ensure compliance with fast approaching deadlines and avoid the assessment of penalties in code enforcement proceedings.
Section 28-317.2 of the Administrative Code defines a "cooling tower" as a "cooling tower, evaporative condenser or fluid cooler that is part of a recirculated water system incorporated into a building's cooling, industrial process, refrigeration, or energy production system."
Building owners are required to register cooling towers.
Building owners should visit the DOB website and follow the Cooling Tower Registration link. You will be asked to provide contact identification information as well as information regarding the locations and individual devices to be registered, including item manufacturer/trade name, serial number, and capacity.
Yes, registration is mandatory.
Yes, registration of all existing cooling towers must be completed by September 17, 2015. New cooling towers must be registered with DOB prior to their use.
Yes there are additional on-going requirements:
If a cooling tower is removed or its use is permanently discontinued, the owner/operator must notify DOB within thirty (30) days and certify that the cooling tower was drained and sanitized in compliance with Health Department requirements.
Failure to register, provide necessary certifications or report discontinued use may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000 (such penalty amounts currently pending formal adoption of Rule amendment).
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