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
PURPOSE: 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 manner 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.
JUSTIFICATION: 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.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7374 IN SENATE May 2, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. FUSCHILLO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development 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 THE CONSTRUCTION OR USE OF A BUILDING IS IN VIOLATION OF ANY PROVISION OF THE UNIFORM CODE OR ANY LAWFUL ORDER OBTAINED THEREUNDER, AND SUCH VIOLATION IMPEDES EGRESS FROM A BUILDING DURING A FIRE OR OTHER EMERGENCY EVACUATION, THE OWNER OF SUCH BUILDING SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A FINE OF NOT LESS THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS OR MORE THAN TEN THOUSAND 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. LBD15692-01-2