From AIA Staten Island:
RE: DEP requesting signed and sealed letter from applicant of record for water service permit
AIA Chapters and ACNY,
Several of our Chapter members have been asked by water service contractors seeking to obtain a water service permit to provide a signed and sealed letter stating the type and number of fixtures in the building for which a water service permit is being sought.
Attached are samples.
It appears DEP has instructed water service contractors to obtain such letter from the applicant of record in order for DEP to size the water service to the building for DOB NOW Plumbing applications.
Previously, with BIS applications, the DEP would print out a Schedule B and count the type and number of fixtures to size the water service.
But because DEP cannot print out a Schedule B on a DOB NOW Plumbing application, they are putting the burden on the applicant to prepare, sign and seal a letter with the type and number of fixtures in the building.
Have any of your members been asked to do this?
Have any of your associate engineer members been asked to do this?
AIASI reached out to our legal counsel regarding this matter. We believe it is inappropriate for a City Agency to arbitrarily request an applicant to prepare, sign and seal a document without a such requirement established as part of a DEP application permit process.
It is our contention that the applicant of record completed their work when they obtained the approval of the DOB NOW plumbing application and plans.
The licensed plumber who is seeking the water service permit has the ability to establish the type and number of fixtures based on the approved DOB NOW application and plans. If DEP requires a “fixture letter”, then they should accept such letter from the licensed plumber. In fact, we feel the owner, builder or developer should have the right to prepare such a letter with a statement saying “per approved DOB NOW plumbing application and plans.”
We would appreciate your support on this matter to require DEP to resolve their “lack of Schedule B” issue in another way.
The applicant of record should not be responsible to prepare such a letter and be held potentially liable for such letter.
I look forward to your response.