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5/24/2021 | FDNY Fire Code Proposed Updates

The FDNY is undertaking a three-year code revision process and has released its proposed 2021 New York City Fire Code for public review and comment.  The Smart DG Hub collected primary feedback from market stakeholders to help the FDNY tailor its proposed language.  Chapters 5 (Fire Operations Features) and 6 (Building Services and Systems) primarily address material pertinent to solar and energy storage stakeholders. 

  • Comments must be submitted by Friday, June 18, 2021, and an online public forum to hear public comment is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15 2021 at 11:00am.  
  • Written comments may be submitted to the FDNY via email or online.  Comment Submission Form


NYC Regulatory Updates

NYC Council- Zoning

5/12/2021, Storage | The NYC City Council passed the Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency zoning amendment, a comprehensive set of reforms to the city’s zoning regulations that will significantly strengthen the city’s resiliency efforts, while supporting the deployment of battery energy storage systems, among many other changes.  For more info see the City’s Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency information page.


12/18/2020, StorageDOB Buildings Bulletin 2020-023 - establishes criteria for classifying stationary storage battery systems as accessory uses and outlines the filing procedures for such systems. This bulletin provides an important clarification on accessory batteries which were not addressed in the previous zoning bulletin, 2019-007. 


10/1/2019, Storage | A new FDNY rule is now in effect that establishes FDNY’s permitting & installation standards for most outdoor stationary storage battery systems. This rule implements the above guidelines through fully-developed design and installation requirements and emergency management procedures


10/2019, Solar | Local Laws 92 and 94 require the installation of solar panels and/or green roofs on all new residential and commercial buildings, as well as existing buildings that undergo major roof renovations. Fact sheet and FAQ's. NYC DOB bulletin 


9/26/2019, Storage | This bulletin clarifies the applicable zoning use group and limitation when establishing facilities for utility-level battery energy storage systems.

New and Updated NYC Resources

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11/3/2020, Storage | The DG Hub is pleased to release the 2020 Updated Energy Storage Permitting and Interconnection Process Guide for New York City: Lithium-Ion Outdoor Systems, as well as the UL 9540A Data Utilization Guide for NYC: Flow Charts . Both can also be found on the Storage Resources Permitting page

10/13/2020 |Sustainable CUNY’s Smart DG Hub has been working for several years with UL, the FDNY, NYC DOB and subject matter experts such as DNVGL to create a streamlined pathway to integrating storage into the New York City market. Recently UL launched a free online database recognizing manufacturers who have completed testing under the 9540A Standard for Test Method for Evaluating Thermal Runaway Fire Propagation in Battery Energy Storage Systems. NOTE: users must register for a free account on the UL site in order to access, then search 9540A, click “AACD.GuideInfo” then “View UL Certified Products” in the left column.

2/14/2020, Storage | This CUNY Smart DG Hub Storage Permitting 2.0 webinar can help developers gain a better understanding of evolving market dynamics and preparations for safety, siting & zoning compliance/requirements in the NYC energy storage market.

2/13/2020, Storage | The CUNY Smart DG Hub developed a NYC Battery Zoning Matrix chart that can be found on the Storage Resources Permitting page to provide battery storage project developers with a quick reference guide to assess the potential for additional special permit obligations under new zoning requirements. 

2/5/2020, Storage | The full presentation materials from Sustainable CUNY’s NYC Energy Storage Stakeholders Roundtable in November of 2019 are available on the Storage Resources Permitting page. This presentation represents the culmination of the 6-month effort that took place from March-August 2019 to identify the best available insights into 9540A test data utilization for the NYC energy storage project approval process.