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January 2022 | FDNY Fire Code 

An update of the New York City Fire Code went into effect on January 15, 2022. Legislation Details.

The update includes an entirely new Section (FC 608) addressing the installation of indoor energy storage systems. Establishing the new code is a key step for NYC as it continues to support the growth of the storage market.  The new code also includes revisions to rooftop solar siting including updated clear path and setback requirements. Fire Code Download.

Sustainable CUNY’s Smart DG Hub continues to meet regularly with DOB and FDNY to support data-driven and transparent permitting and approval processes. All DG Hub permitting resources will be updated to reflect the new requirements.

 


 

NYC Regulatory Updates

NYC DOB

Update | Code | A local law to bring the New York City Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Building Code up to date with 2015 editions of the International Code Council’s I-Codes was enacted as Local Law 126 of 2021. The 2022 NYC Construction Codes go into effect on November 7, 2022.

NYC DOB

2/25/2022 | PTA | The NYC Department of Buildings issued proposed rules on Property Tax Abatement (PTA) applications for electric energy storage equipment.

As noted in the link above, DOB has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed rules for 11:00 am on March 28, 2022 and will accept written public comments up until that date.

Sustainable CUNY's Smart DG Hub looks forward to working collaboratively with all parties to ensure that these rules provide a smooth and transparent pathway for the city's DG marketplace and the achievement of its carbon reduction goals. If you have any questions, please email one of our DG Hub Ombudsmen at smartdghub.cuny.edu.

NYC Council- Zoning

5/12/2021, Storage | The NYC City Council passed the Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency zoning amendment, a comprehensive set of reforms to the city’s zoning regulations that will significantly strengthen the city’s resiliency efforts, while supporting the deployment of battery energy storage systems, among many other changes.  For more info see the City’s Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency information page.

NYC DOB

12/18/2020, StorageDOB Buildings Bulletin 2020-023 - establishes criteria for classifying stationary storage battery systems as accessory uses and outlines the filing procedures for such systems. This bulletin provides an important clarification on accessory batteries which were not addressed in the previous zoning bulletin, 2019-007. 

FDNY

10/1/2019, Storage | A new FDNY rule is now in effect that establishes FDNY’s permitting & installation standards for most outdoor stationary storage battery systems. This rule implements the above guidelines through fully-developed design and installation requirements and emergency management procedures

NYC DOB

10/2019, Solar | Local Laws 92 and 94 require the installation of solar panels and/or green roofs on all new residential and commercial buildings, as well as existing buildings that undergo major roof renovations. Fact sheet and FAQ's. NYC DOB bulletin 

NYC DOB

9/26/2019, Storage | This bulletin clarifies the applicable zoning use group and limitation when establishing facilities for utility-level battery energy storage systems.

New and Updated NYC Resources

For a complete list visit Resources 

12/30/2021, Storage | The FDNY Installation Approval Site Plan for Large Systems is a storage site plan checklist developed in collaboration that provides guidance on creating site plan materials, a key component of the permitting application package for Large ESS. Includes visual aids examples.

12/30/2021, Storage | The Smart DG Hub has collaboratively developed the New York City Energy Storage Systems Zoning Guide. This new high-level guide to understanding zoning provisions for Energy Storage Systems (ESS) includes a comprehensive overview of recent ESS zoning changes, applicable to both Accessory & Non-Accessory ESS. 

11/3/2020, Storage | The DG Hub is pleased to release the 2020 Updated Energy Storage Permitting and Interconnection Process Guide for New York City: Lithium-Ion Outdoor Systems, as well as the UL 9540A Data Utilization Guide for NYC: Flow Charts. Both can also be found on the Storage Resources Permitting page

10/13/2020 |Sustainable CUNY’s Smart DG Hub has been working for several years with UL, the FDNY, NYC DOB and subject matter experts such as DNVGL to create a streamlined pathway to integrating storage into the New York City market. Recently UL launched a free online database recognizing manufacturers who have completed testing under the 9540A Standard for Test Method for Evaluating Thermal Runaway Fire Propagation in Battery Energy Storage Systems. NOTE: users must register for a free account on the UL site in order to access, then search 9540A, click “AACD.GuideInfo” then “View UL Certified Products” in the left column.

2/14/2020, Storage | This CUNY Smart DG Hub Storage Permitting 2.0 webinar can help developers gain a better understanding of evolving market dynamics and preparations for safety, siting & zoning compliance/requirements in the NYC energy storage market.

2/13/2020, Storage | The CUNY Smart DG Hub developed a NYC Battery Zoning Matrix chart that can be found on the Storage Resources Permitting page to provide battery storage project developers with a quick reference guide to assess the potential for additional special permit obligations under new zoning requirements. 

2/5/2020, Storage | The full presentation materials from Sustainable CUNY’s NYC Energy Storage Stakeholders Roundtable in November of 2019 are available on the Storage Resources Permitting page. This presentation represents the culmination of the 6-month effort that took place from March-August 2019 to identify the best available insights into 9540A test data utilization for the NYC energy storage project approval process.