The NYC DOB recently issued a memo regarding a new law establishing registration and inspection requirements for cooling towers, fluid coolers and evaporative condensers.
Dear Building Owner,
As a result of the recent unprecedented outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx, the City has enacted a new law that requires the registration of cooling towers, fluid coolers and evaporative condensers with the Department of Buildings (DOB). This law will enable the City to track where this equipment is located and how it is maintained.
Effective Tuesday, August 18, 2015, building owners are mandated by the new law to comply with certain reporting requirements. A failure to do so can result in enforcement action by the Department including the issuance of violations with associated monetary penalties.
Owners must comply with the following mandatory requirements:
Registration of New and Existing Equipment
Certification of Existing Equipment and Discontinuance of Use
Department of Health Commissioners’ Order Documentation
A failure to comply with any DOB mandatory requirements will result in the issuance of a violation punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000.
For additional information and to register your cooling tower, fluid cooler or evaporative condenser visit nyc.gov/dob/coolingtowers and follow the Cooling Tower Registration link. For information on required maintenance standards and the DOHMH Commissioners’ Order pertaining to cooling towers, evaporative condensers and fluid coolers, visit nyc.gov/coolingtowers.
Rick D. Chandler, P.E.