State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council


The Code Council is comprised of 17 members appointed by the Governor; some with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Code Council is empowered to maintain and periodically update the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and State Energy Conservation Construction Code, and to adopt higher or more restrictive local standards upon the recommendation of local governments. The members of this group represent architects, engineers, builders, trade unions, persons with disabilities, code enforcement, fire prevention, villages, towns, cities, counties, state agencies, the State Fire Administrator and the Secretary of State. A quorum of nine members must be present to adopt proposed code changes.

The Executive Law requires meetings to be held a minimum of four times a year. The mandated meetings are typically scheduled at the last meeting of each year. Meetings are held in Albany. All general meetings are open to the public.

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 Code Council Members

Two members designated by statute:  
Secretary of State

Rossana Rosado

(Designee: Matthew Tebo)

State Fire Administrator Francis J. Nerney, Jr.
(Designee: Benjamin Keller)
Two state officials appointed by the Governor  
Division of Housing and Community Renewal

RuthAnne Visnauskas 


(Designee:  Michael Weber) (Designee: Joseph Palozzola)

Department of Labor Roberta Reardon
(Designee: Vincent Rapacciuolo)
Six elected officials appointed by the Governor:  
City (population over 1,000,000) Bill de Blasio 
Mayor - City of New York
(Designee: Keith Wen)
City (population over 100,000)  
City (population under 100,000)

Joseph M. DeStefano

Mayor - City of Middletown

County Claudia Braymer    
Town David Seeley
Seven members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate:  
Fire Service Official Joseph Toomey
Registered Architect Shawn Hamlin
Professional Engineer Timothy DeRuyscher
Code Enforcement Official Robert Hughes
Builders Representative William W. Tuyn
Trade Union Representative Patrick Dolan
Persons with Disabilities Representative Dominic Marinelli

Current as of 3/26/2021

More Restrictive Local Standards

Executive Law §379 and Energy Law §11-109 individually provide a process for adoption of more restrictive standards for construction to the Uniform Code and local energy conservation construction codes more stringent than the State Energy Code.  The two processes are independent of each other, and some local laws may require both a petition under Executive Law §379 and a filing under Energy Law §11-109.  Code departments should work closely with their municipal attorneys to determine when a local law requires a petition be submitted and/or the local law be filed with the Code Council.  Please note, the petition and filing noted above is a separate action independent from the forms submitted to the Department of State under the Municipal Home Rule Law.

Uniform Code (Notice and Petition)

Executive Law §379 authorizes the legislative body of a local government (city, town, village, and Nassau County) to enact or adopt local laws and ordinances that impose standards for construction that are “higher” or “more restrictive” than the corresponding standards imposed by the Uniform Code.  The Code Council is empowered by Executive Law §379 to approve these more restrictive standards when such standards are in compliance with Executive Law §379.  Below is the Notice and Petition local governments should submit to the Code Council, along with any necessary supporting documentation to satisfy Executive Law §379.  

Notice and Petition Relating to More Restrictive Construction Standards (Uniform Code – Executive Law § 379)

State Energy Code (Filing)

Energy Law §11-109 allows counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts or district corporations to promulgate local energy conservation construction codes that are more stringent than the State Energy Code.  The Code Council is empowered by Energy Law §11-109 to approve these more stringent local energy conservation construction codes when such codes are in compliance with Energy Law §11-109.  Below is the form that should be used to file with the Code Council, along with any necessary supporting documentation to satisfy Energy Law §11-109.  

Filing to the State Fire Prevention & Building Code Council of More Stringent Local Energy Conservation Construction Code (Energy Code – Energy Law § 11-109) 

Below is a list of petitions (Executive Law §379) and filings (Energy Law §11-109) received since the May 12, 2020 update to the Uniform Code and Energy Code and for which the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council (Code Council) has made a determination. For information on local laws petitioned or filed prior to this date, please consult with the local government directly or submit a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to the Division.

Please note, following each code update, each local government that has local standards for construction that were previously approved by the Code Council or a local energy code that was previously filed with the Code Council, should evaluate those local standards or that local energy code to ensure they are more restrictive than the updated codes and report its determination to the Department of State.  Additionally, local governments, in collaboration with the municipal attorney, should periodically review their local laws and ordinances for any local standards for construction or local energy codes not previously submitted to the Code Council, evaluate them for compliance with Executive Law and Energy Law, and report their determination to the Department of State.

Petitions approved pursuant to Executive Law §379 (*)


Local Government

Local Law No.




Filings determined to be more restrictive than the State Energy Code pursuant to Energy Law §11-109 (*)


Local Government

Local Law No.

Beacon, City of

LL No. 2 of 2020

Bedford, Town of

LL No. 2 of 2021

Dobbs Ferry, Village of

LL No. 6 of 2020

Hastings on Hudson, Village of

LL No. 8 of 2020

New York, City of

LL No. 48 of 2020


*Last updated 5/11/2021.  This does not include any petitions or filings received but not yet heard by the Code Council, nor any petitions or filings denied or withdrawn.