2016 NYC Energy Code: What is a “Complete Application”?

The 2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) went into effect on October 3, 2016. “Complete applications” filed on or before October 2, 2016, were able to comply with 2014 NYCECC standards. Applications that were deemed “incomplete” may be subject to the 2016 NYCECC, even if they were filed ahead of the deadline.

As stated in the NYC Administrative code, to be considered a “complete application” the “construction documents shall be complete and of sufficient clarity to indicate the location and entire nature and extent of work proposed, and shall show in detail that they conform to the provisions of this code and other applicable laws and rules”. Therefore, a formal plan review will not take place unless the plans submitted clearly show enough detail to allow for an effective assessment of the proposed work. If the submission does not meet these standards, the application will be marked “incomplete” and the examiner will provide a general checklist of missing information. Below is a list of items that ALL drawing sets should include:

  • Compliance with DOB Graphic Standards
  • Title Block, discipline designators and revision numbers as per DOB requirements
  • Scale of each drawing or detail
  • North Arrow on plans
  • Dimensions – related to scope and area of work
  • Drawing Title
  • Notes and details – only pertaining to the scope of work
  • Clear description of the proposed scope of work, include construction and/or demolition work.
  • All drawings submitted to support the architectural plans must be in accordance with NYC Code and must be signed and sealed by a design professional.

For a detailed list of drawing requirements for specific trades, refer to the DOB Plan Examination Guidelines.

For a description of the upcoming energy code changes, refer to August’s EP Knows Article, 2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code.