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Commercial Boiler Inspection Requirements for NYC

October 18, 2019

Annual inspections are required by the Department of Buildings for most commercial boilers. There’s simply no getting around these inspections if you’re a property manager or building owner in NYC.

That means, if you have a boiler on your property, every year you’re responsible for:

  1. Scheduling a boiler inspection with a licensed boiler inspector 

  2. Filing the Boiler Inspection Report within 45 days of the inspection

  3. Correcting any defects found during an inspection 

  4. Scheduling the subsequent boiler inspection (if defects were found)

  5. Filing the subsequent inspection report within 180 days of the initial inspection

The bad news: if you fail to follow the steps above, you could face fines as high as $1,000/year per boiler.

To help you avoid fines and keep your building safe, we’ll walk you through each of the steps above. 

Want to avoid the hassle of boiler inspections altogether? Ranshaw can handle every aspect of the process for you. Our team will inspect your boiler, handle any needed repairs and even file all paperwork on your behalf to prevent costly fees from the NYC DOB. See more details on our commercial boiler inspection services.

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The NYC annual boiler inspection process

Step 1: Schedule your boiler inspection

First of all, you can’t schedule your boiler inspection with just any contractor. 

These jobs can only be performed by contractors who are specifically licensed by the Department of Buildings to perform boiler inspections or by an authorized insurance company.

Note: Ranshaw is licensed by NYC DOB to perform boiler inspections.

Boiler types that require annual inspections:

  • Low pressure boilers in residential buildings with 6 or more families

  • Low pressure boilers in any residential buildings classified as Single Room Occupancy dwellings (SRO's)

  • Low pressure boilers in mixed-used buildings

  • Low pressure boilers in commercial buildings

  • H-stamp domestic hot water heaters with over 350,000 BTUs in residential, mixed-used and commercial buildings

Step 2: File the Boiler Inspection Report

The inspector who performed your boiler inspection should provide you with a Boiler Inspection Report. This report should be filed with the NYC DOB within 45 days of the inspection.

If the report is not filed within 45 days, you could be charged a late fee of $50/month per boiler with a maximum late fee of $1,000/year per boiler.

Depending on who you hire, your inspector may file this report on your behalf. Don’t make the mistake of assuming your contractor will provide this service, though. Always ask your contractor if they file the report or if you will need to do this yourself.

Step 3: Correct any defects found during the inspection

Keep in mind that many times, “defects” are found during boiler inspections. Defects are any conditions deemed unsafe or not compliant with existing building codes.

If an inspector cites any defects during your boiler inspection, you must hire a licensed boiler repair contractor to correct these defects. 

Some common defects found during commercial boiler inspections include:

  • Signs of overheating, corrosion or erosion

  • Leaks or cracks in any part of the boiler system

  • Drains or blow-offs functioning improperly

  • Exposed wood beams in a boiler room ceiling that aren’t covered with a fire-rated material

The above list is not an exhaustive list of possible boiler defects. 

Step 4: Schedule a subsequent boiler inspection

If an inspector cites any defects in your boiler installation, operation, etc, you will be responsible for hiring a contractor to correct these defects. The boiler must then be re-inspected by a licensed inspector to verify that the defect(s) has been repaired.

Any subsequent Boiler Inspection Reports must be filed within 180 days of the initial inspection.

Step 5: File the follow-up Boiler Inspection Report

Once the subsequent inspection is complete, you must submit an Affirmation of Correction (BO-13) to the city. This report must be signed by the licensed inspector verifying the proper operation/installation of the boiler.

What happens if I don't schedule my boiler inspection?

Failure to have your annual boiler inspection performed results in fines imposed by the DOB of:

  • $50 per boiler/month

  • $1,000 maximum fine per boiler/year

For more information on boiler inspection fees issued by the DOB, see the image below:


Click here for more information on boiler inspection and filing requirements from the NYC DOB.

Need to schedule your annual boiler inspection or correct a defect?

Ranshaw is your one-stop shop when it comes to annual boiler inspections in the NYC area. We can handle the boiler inspection itself as well as correct any defects found during the inspection.

Plus, we fill out and file all paperwork on your behalf. The goal for us is to make the boiler inspection process as smooth as possible by promising customers a thorough job that’s done right the first time.

Just contact us today to schedule your annual boiler inspection.

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