Relates to violations of the uniform fire prevention and building code.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to violations of the uniform fire prevention and building code
To subject persons who own buildings to fines if a building. is constructed or used in violation of the uniform fire prevention and building code in a mariner that impedes egress during a fire or other emergency evacuation.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the executive law to impose a fine of not less than $ 1,000 or more than $10,000 when the construction or use of a building impedes egress from the building during a fire or other emergency evacuation.
In recent years, there has been a proliferation of buildings that have been altered or otherwise used in a manner that violates the uniform fire prevention and building code in a manner that impedes egress during a fire or other emergency. In many instances, these unsafe conditions have resulted in the loss of life to tenants and other occupants of these buildings. In at least one instance, firefighters became trapped in a burning building when partitions were installed to create additional living quarters without regard to fire codes. This bill seeks to enhance penalties that may be imposed for creating these unsafe conditions.
A 10106 of 2012 - Referred to Government Operations.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5041--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 7, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to violations of the uniform fire prevention and building code THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 382 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 4 to read as follows: 4. WHERE A BUILDING HAS BEEN ALTERED IN VIOLATION OF ANY PROVISION OF THE UNIFORM CODE OR ANY LAWFUL ORDER OBTAINED THEREUNDER, AND SUCH ALTERATION IMPEDES A PERSON'S EGRESS FROM SUCH BUILDING DURING A FIRE OR OTHER EMERGENCY EVACUATION, THE OWNER OF SUCH BUILDING WHO HAS KNOWLEDGE OF SUCH ALTERATION OR SHOULD HAVE HAD KNOWLEDGE OF SUCH ALTERATION SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A CIVIL PENALTY OF UP TO SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09561-05-3