Local Law 152 Made Simple

09.16.22 12:15 PM By Quix Plumbing Service

Everything you need to know about Local Law 152 

Quix makes Local Law 152 Easy

If you're a property manager in New York City, then you've probably heard of Local Law 152. But what is it, and what do you need to do to comply? In this post, we'll break down Local Law 152 for you and explain exactly what's required. Stay on top of the latest regulations with our help.


What is Local Law 152?

Local Law 152, which took effect in January 2020, requires periodic inspections of gas piping systems in all residential buildings with three or more units and all commercial buildings. The inspections must be performed by a Licensed Master Plumber or someone under their direct supervision, at least once every four years.

Does LL152 apply to me?

Local Law 152 applies to any buildings that are 10 years old or older with three or more family units, as well as all commercial buildings or buildings with commercial units.

LL152 applies to buildings with two or more units, even if they are on different floors. For example, if you have a single-family unit on the second floor and commercial space below, LL152 applies. Another example is if you have a building with three separate units and three separate groups residing in the building, even if it's only one floor.

If you’re unsure of your property classification, you can find your building’s occupancy group on the Certificate of Occupancy. Buildings less than 10 years old are exempt and will need an LL152 inspection 10 years after their first gas permit was issued.

When is my inspection due?

Inspections are organized by Community Districts – not boroughs.

  • January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020, Community Districts 1, 3, and 10 in all boroughs  
  • January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021, Community Districts 2, 5, 7, 13, and 18 in all boroughs 
  • January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022, Community Districts 4, 6, 8, 9, and 16 in all boroughs 
  • January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023, Community Districts 11, 12, 14, 15, and 17 in all boroughs

How do I find my group?

Inspections are organized by Community Districts – not boroughs. To locate your community district please visit the NYC.GOV Community Profiles page at https://communityprofiles.planning.nyc.gov/

What if I don't have a gas piping system?

Obtaining a Local Law 152 exemption

  • Buildings without gas piping need to prove they do not contain a gas piping system in order to get an exemption.
  • A registered design professional needs to file a certification verifying no gas piping exists in your building.
  • The exemption needs to be reinstated every four years, the same as the inspections themselves.
  • You may also need to present a certificate of occupancy.

What if I miss an Inspection? 

Civil penalties for non-compliance with Local Law 152

  • Failure to comply with Local Law 152 is costly and may result in a fine (between $5,000-$10,000)
  • If you receive a violation, you have up to 30 days to fight it by presenting proof that the penalty does not apply to you.

What if my piping system needs repairs? 

Local Law 152 repair deadlines

  • You must submit the results of your inspection within 30 days (pass or fail).
  • If the inspection certification submitted to the DOB shows that minor corrections are needed, the owner must submit an Inspection Certification (within 120 days). It must be signed and sealed by the LMP who conducted the inspection and it must clearly state that the corrections have been made.
  • An additional 60 days may be requested to address major issues ( for a total of 180 days).
  • If gas service is interrupted, all repairs must be completed and certified before service can be resumed.

How much does an inspection cost?

Local Law 152 inspection pricing

  • Our standard rate is $699.00 for buildings with 10 units or less and $15 per additional unit.

    Our inspectors conduct Local Law 152 inspections throughout Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. To get an estimate and overview of the process CLICK HERE

How often are they required?

Periodic Local Law 152 Inspections are due every 4 years

  • The first inspection will be in 2020, 2021, 2022, or 2023. 
  • The second inspection will be four years from the first inspection. 
  • Inspections are organized by community district, not borough. (see inspection dates above)
Plumber working on gasline

What happens if the utility company shuts off my gas?

Gas leaks and unsafe or hazardous conditions

A Licensed Master Plumber must make the required repairs and subsequently:

  • File for a permit with the DOB
  • Pressure test the system for leaks.
  • Make required repairs.
  • Pressure test the system to confirm system integrity.
  • Arrange and attend a DOB physical inspection (which will include a pressure test).

Who can repair my system if I fail a Local Law 152 inspection?

The plumber who identifies hazardous conditions during an inspection needs to perform all inspections. 

You can use any properly qualified plumber to make the repairs. However, the repairs must be certified by the plumber who performed the original inspection.

What does the law say?

Periodic inspection of gas piping system requirements

For more information on inspections and dob issued regulations and reporting view the service notice by clicking here or visit the FAQ section of the DOB's website at https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/ll152of2016_faq.pdf

Never miss an inspection date

  • Step-by-step outlines are sent with our estimates making the process as easy as possible.
  • Inspections are completed and submitted on time.
  • Our clients receive courtesy reminders of upcoming due dates annually.
  • We assist you with all GPS paperwork pending a clean inspection.
  • Our courteous customer care managers make it easy to sign up for an account. 

Protecting your property and the people who live and work there is important, which is why we offer a comprehensive Local Law 152 inspection service. Our low rates, flexible scheduling, and client reminders make it easy for you to stay on track with all of your upcoming deadlines and requirements. 

Request an estimate today and schedule your next inspection with us – we’re ready to help!