On March 1, 2021 the FDNY issued a new Pilot Program for Remote Video Inspections Performance Test (RVI-PT) to assist buildings in obtaining their Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. In the instance where an FDNY inspection cannot be performed prior to the requested TCO date, the FDNY is allowing for an RVI-PT to be performed to validate the performance of the fire alarm system. There are a few qualifiers in order to be eligible:
- Fire alarm plans must be approved by FDNY.
- An inspection date for the FDNY inspection must be obtained.
- An affidavit from a professional engineer must be provided certifying the system is installed and functions in accordance with New York City codes.
- A narrative describing the hardship and need for the RVI-PT must be provided.
The RVI-PT is anticipated to be performed as a more high-level verification test of the system by FDNY, with the affidavit from an engineer serving as the documentation that a more comprehensive test in accordance with NFPA 72 was performed. Once the RVI-PT is completed, the FDNY will issue a Letter of No Objection, which can be issued to the NYC Department of Buildings for TCO purposes.
Ultimately an in-person FDNY inspection will be performed through the typical process shortly thereafter, but at least it won’t be an impediment to your TCO.
To find out how Sparc can help you to gain your Temporary Certificate of Occupancy more efficiently, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org