The bill would require all buildings two stories or higher to be equipped with mechanisms to assist in the evacuation of individuals with limited mobility. The Fire Department would be tasked with developing rules pertaining to the implementation of the requirements in consideration of occupancy types and building height.
Int. No. 606
By Council Member Richards
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation emergency evacuation assistance for individuals with limited mobility
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 28-315.9.1 to read as follows:
§ 28-315.9.1 Emergency evacuation assistance for individuals with limited mobility. By January 1, 2019, all structures two stories or higher in which the means of egress require either descending stairs or an elevator must be equipped with a device designed to assist in the evacuation of individuals with limited mobility during an emergency, such as stair-descent devices. The department of buildings, in conjunction with the fire department, shall promulgate rules pertaining to the types, placement and number of such mechanisms so required.
§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.