Correcting Illegal Plumbing Fixtures in NYC If you’re not concerned about illegal plumbing fixtures in your NYC tenant building, you should be. Illegal plumbing fixtures can lead to DOB violations and hefty fines. For severe violations or violations that aren’t corrected in a timely manner, you could lose your building’s occupancy certificate. Therefore, it’s extremely important to make sure that all the plumbing work you have done in your building is permitted and performed by a licensed master plumber.

What Is an Illegal Plumbing Fixture?

An illegal plumbing fixture is a fixture that was installed without a permit or in an area that cannot legally have plumbing fixtures, such as cellars. It can also be a plumbing fixture of poor quality that does not meet the building code requirements of New York City.

  • New bathrooms and kitchens must be permitted.
  • Areas That Cannot Have Plumbing Fixtures – In some instances, cellars and attics cannot have bathroom or kitchen fixtures. For example – A cellar cannot be turned into a residential rental unit, but may contain a bathroom if the dwelling only has 1 or 2 families living in it. Additionally, attic conversions must be permitted and the plans approved before the spaces are turned into rental units with fixtures.
  • Poor Quality Fixtures – Poor quality fixtures made out of substandard materials, are not allowed in NYC dwellings. Always make sure that any bathroom and kitchen fixtures, as well as plumbing pipes, meet all the applicable building codes before installation.

What Happens if You Get an Illegal Plumbing Fixture Violation?

Illegal plumbing fixture violations typically occur during regular inspections of construction worksites and renovations. However, they can also occur due to someone calling to report a possible building code violation. In both instances, an inspector shows up at the property and inspects the potential violation area. If there is a building code violation, the owner of the building will receive a notice that states the location of the building, the type of violation found in the building and a date by which the problem must be corrected. The violation may also contain a hearing date. If there is a hearing date, it is not optional. The owner or someone the owner appoints to appear on his or her behalf must attend the hearing.

Remedying Illegal Plumbing Fixtures with John Farr

If you do receive an illegal plumbing violation in NYC, John Farr can help you remedy it. He is a licensed master plumber that has been correcting DOB plumbing violations for water and gas lines and fixtures for more than 30 years.

To get your HPD, ECB/OATH violations corrected, illegal basement violation, gas company violation, gas boiler violation or any Plumbing building violations in NYC removed, call John Farr at 917-324-2535.