Planning to renovate your apartment building? You’ll need a Tenant Protection Plan (TPP) if any of the dwelling units will be occupied during construction. As of July 18, 2018, owners must post or distribute a TPP Notice (available here) when the Department of Buildings (DOB) issues the work permit.
Required by the New York City Administrative Code, the TPP ensures the safety of building occupants during construction. The plan contains the following information:
- A statement that dwelling units will be occupied during construction, including which units are (or may be) occupied
- Means and methods to be used that will ensure the safety and health of occupants
- Details such as temporary fire-rated assemblies, opening protectives, or dust containment procedures, where applicable
Owners must distribute the TPP Notice to each occupied apartment OR post the notice in the lobby AND
- On each floor within 10 feet of the elevator OR
- In buildings without elevators, within 10 feet of or in the main stairwell of each floor
Tenant Protection Plan Requirements
Owners must notify the DOB 72 hours before construction work begins in a building with a TPP. (You can do that online here.) While the specific elements of the TPP depend on the nature and scope of work, the document needs to include detailed information about the following:
- Egress. Throughout the construction process, the building must provide adequate egress (means of exiting the structure), as required by code. The TPP needs to identify egress points.
- Fire Safety. The building must follow all fire safety requirements for occupied buildings, as well as additional safety measures required by construction.
- Health Requirements. The TPP needs to specify methods for controlling dust, removing construction debris, limiting noise, controlling pests, and maintaining sanitary facilities. In addition, the TPP should include a statement of compliance with legal requirements regarding lead and asbestos.
- Compliance with Housing Standards. The property must comply with requirements of the New York City Housing Maintenance Code and, if applicable, the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law throughout construction.
- Structural Safety. No structural work may take place that will endanger building occupants.
- Noise Restrictions. Construction work must abide by any limitations set by the New York City noise control code regarding hours of the day or days of the week for construction activity.
- Essential Services. The TPP should describe the means and methods for maintaining essential services according to the requirements of the New York City Housing Maintenance Code. Such services include heat, hot water, cold water, gas, electricity and other utilities. If any service disruption is anticipated, the TPP should include the expected length of disruption, as well as measures taken to minimize the disruption and provision of alternatives for the disrupted service(s) during this time.
For questions concerning TPPs or TPP Notices, visit the DOB website. If you’re planning to renovate your property, call our office at 877.576.5200 to discuss how the changes will affect your insurance needs.