Technical Support Documents

Technical Support on the Uniform Code

The best way to reach the Technical Support Unit for technical support on the Uniform Code is via email at: [email protected].  Calling the phone numbers provided on this website may result in a significant delay in response.

The DBSC provides technical support on the Uniform, including clarifications, conditions or practices affecting the Codes, via technical bulletins and code interpretations.

DBSC staff members providing technical assistance have backgrounds in code enforcement, architecture, and civil, fire protection, mechanical, and structural engineering.

Technical Support on the Energy Code

The best way to reach the Energy Code Services Unit for Technical Support is via email to: [email protected].  Calling the phone numbers provided on this website may result in a significant delay in response.

The Energy Code Services Unit provides technical support on the State Energy Code, including clarifications, conditions, or practices pertaining to the Energy Code of New York State. The Energy Code Services Unit does not provide technical support on provisions of more restrictive local energy codes adopted by municipalities in accordance with Section 11-109 of Energy Law. Contact the municipality directly with questions pertaining to provisions of a locally adopted more restrictive energy code.

DBSC staff members providing technical assistance have backgrounds in code enforcement, architecture, and engineering.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions before contacting.

frequently asked questions

How To Get Assistance

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions before contacting.

Code Enforcement Officials: For Uniform Code assistance, email [email protected];  for Energy Code assistance, email [email protected], or leave a message with the appropriate Regional office with contact information and a brief description of the issue.

Design Professionals, Contractors & Public: Contact the local code enforcement official where the project is located.

 

Regional Contact Information

Western NY, Rochester & Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central NY, Mohawk Valley, North Country (W) Counties - (518) 408-8521

Allegany

Herkimer

Oswego

Broome

Jefferson

Otsego

Cattaraugus

Lewis

St. Lawrence

Cayuga

Livingston

Schuyler

Chautauqua

Madison

Seneca

Chemung

Monroe

Steuben

Chenango

Niagara

Tioga

Cortland

Oneida

Tompkins

Delaware

Onondaga

Wayne

Erie

Ontario

Wyoming

Genesee

Orleans

Yates


Capital Region, Hudson Valley/Catskills, North Country (E) Counties - (845) 334-9404

Albany

Putnam

Clinton

Rensselaer

Columbia

Rockland

Dutchess

Saratoga

Essex

Schenectady

Franklin

Schoharie

Fulton

Sullivan

Greene

Ulster

Hamilton

Washington

Montgomery

Warren

Orange

Westchester

 

Long Island Counties

Nassau County plus the Towns of Huntington and Babylon - (631) 952-4915

Suffolk County excluding the Towns of Huntington and Babylon - (631) 952-4912

City of New York

Please call the City Department of Buildings -  (212) 566-5000

Bronx County        

Kings County        

New York County        

Queens County        

Richmond County

More Information

The Technical Support Unit does NOT approve Factory-built homes and buildings (Modular buildings), certify manufacturers, retailers, installers, and mechanics of manufactured homes (HUD Code Homes), or variances.

For more information regarding the below units, contact the individuals listed at 518-474-4073 or via mail:

New York State Department of State
Division of Building Standards and Codes
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1160
Albany, NY 12231

Code Development Unit: Serves as Secretariat to the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council (Code Council), which is responsible for amending and maintaining the Uniform and Energy Codes. The specific process for amending the code is outlined in the NY State Administrative Procedures Act. The Code Council is also empowered to review petitions from local governments for higher or more restrictive local standards (MRLS). For more information, contact Assistant Director for Code Development Kevin Duerr-Clark, P.E.

Education Unit: Instructors travel throughout New York State providing the basic training required for initial certification as a Code Enforcement Official (CEO) and delivering in-service training programs for maintaining certification. Instructors also participate in conferences and seminars taking place each year. For more information, contact Assistant Director for Educational Services Nick McAndrew, PE.

Compliance/Oversight Unit: Assistant Director for Variances Erika Krieger, R.A. or Assistant Director for Oversight Chad Haviland.

Inspection/Direct Enforcement Unit: Assistant Director Whitney Russell.

Code Administration for Factory Manufactured Building Programs Unit: Assistant Director Joseph Hill, R.A.

Code Interpretations

The Secretary of State is authorized and empowered by Section 376(4) of Article 18 of the Executive Law and by Section 103(4) of Article 11 of the Energy Law, to issue written interpretations of the Uniform Code and the Energy Conservation Construction Code, respectively, upon written request of a permit applicant (or authorized representative) or an official responsible for the administration and enforcement of the provisions of such code.

Subsequent enforcement of the Code shall be consistent with such written interpretations.

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Contact Us

Uniform Code
Gerard Hathaway, RA, Assistant Director for Technical Support

[email protected]

Energy Code
Emma Gonzalez-Laders, Assistant Director for Energy Code Services

[email protected]

Contact us by phone:
518-474-4073

Please see the How to Get Assistance Section above for additional contact information.