By Brian Lafferty
The DOB has made changes to its policy regarding service equipment. As of early December, 2015, the DOB has ceased allowing service equipment to be operated until a Certificate of Compliance is issued. This Certificate was previously called the Equipment Use Permit.
The Certificate of Compliance will only be issued after the submission of a satisfactory report of inspection, as well as the complete testing of the equipment in question. The equipment which falls under this directive include:
- Air conditioning system
- Ventilating systems
- Refrigation systems
- Heating systems (Not boilers)
The actual inspections must be completed by either department inspectors or registered design professionals. The new procedure has three parts:
1. All referenced service equipment must be inspected and certified by a special inspection agency
2. A Tr-1 form identifying responsibility for the required special inspection and PW-4 Application for certificate of Compliance for Equipment form (signed and sealed) must be submitted at permitting
3. After inspection, the special inspector shall submit to the Certificate of Occupancy unit a completed Certificate of Compliance Card, and the applicable certified TR-1 form. If the equipment is properly certified, the DOB will issue a stamped Certificate of Compliance Card.