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Full and partial demolition operations shall be conducted in accordance with submittal documents. Such submittal documents shall comply with Sections 3306.5.1 through 3306.5.7.
Exceptions: Section 3306.5 shall not apply to:
  1. Demolitions performed as emergency work pursuant to Section 28-215.1 of the Administrative Code when such work is monitored by a qualified person with experience in demolition operations who is employed by the city agency that has been directed to perform or arrange for the performance of such work. If the department or such city agency determines that there is a need for supervision of the work by a registered design professional, such city agency shall retain a registered design professional or cause a registered design professional to be retained to supervise the demolition operations.
  2. The full demolition of a detached one-, two-, or three-family dwelling, or both halves of a semi-detached one-, two-, or three-family dwelling, or a detached accessory structure to a one-, two-, or three-family dwelling, provided such dwelling or accessory structure is three stories or fewer in height, and also provided that the demolition is to be accomplished without any mechanical demolition equipment, other than handheld devices.
  3. The full demolition of a fully detached building that is three stories or fewer and with a floor area of 5,000 square feet (464.5 m2) or less per story, provided such demolition is to be accomplished without any mechanical demolition equipment, other than handheld devices.
  4. The removal, with mechanical demolition equipment, of the remaining slab or foundation of a structure described in exemption 2 or 3 above once the structure has been demolished to grade, or the removal of landscaping elements, on grade parking or driveways, or pools that are accessory to a structure described in exemption 2 or 3 above, provided during all such removal work the mechanical demolition equipment is located on the ground or a slab on grade.
  5. Partial demolition operations accomplished without any mechanical demolition equipment, other than handheld devices, provided such work is a minor alteration or ordinary repair.
  6. Demolition operations that do not require a permit.
3306.5.1 Required Documents
Submittal documents shall be approved by the department before demolition work begins. Such submittal documents shall be signed, sealed, and submitted by a registered design professional and shall contain, at a minimum, the following:
  1. Basic structure of the building, or portion thereof, to be demolished, including general sizes and types of main structural members and an identification of the general structural lateral system;
  2. A statement that the condition of the existing structure to be demolished has been assessed and a determination regarding whether it is a weakened structure in accordance with Section 3306.7;
  3. Plans, sections, and details of the building, or portion thereof, to be demolished clearly showing the extent and sequence of the demolition, including, but not limited to:
    1. Work involving a full demolition, a demolition performed in conjunction with work that meets the requirements of Article 101.4.5 of Title 28 of the Administrative Code , a demolition that results in the demolition of more than 50 percent of the gross floor area of the building during the course of work over any 12-month period, or a demolition that results in the removal of one or more floors during the course of work over any 12-month period, a clear and detailed demolition sequence provided in narrative and illustrated in the plans shall also be provided. All phases shall be designated by a number or letter to clearly depict the required sequence of the work. Structural stability must be demonstrated through all phases of demolition. A "preparation phase" must be included indicating but not limited to the following: glass removal, sealing of windows, removal of equipment/fixtures, and cutting of services. A note must indicate that any required permits for termination of services will be obtained, including necessary Fire Department and Department of Buildings variances.
    2. Work involving a full demolition, or for a partial demolition that razes a portion of a building to grade, plan and section views detailing the end-of-demolition conditions, including any remaining foundation elements and means of stabilizing those elements and the adjoining property via complete backfill, berms, shoring/bracing, or a similar approved method, shall be provided.
    3. Work involving a demolition that involves the removal of foundation elements, a detailed section showing the elevation of the footings of the building being demolished as it relates to the footings of all adjoining property shall be provided.
    4. Work involving a demolition that involves an excavation component or the removal of foundation elements, a sequence showing coordination between the demolition work and the installation of sheeting, shoring, bracing, underpinning, berming, backfill, or other methods of supporting excavations and/or adjoining property shall be provided.
  4. Bracing, shoring, and other stabilization measures necessary to support all demolition operations, and adjoining ground, or structures, as needed, through all sequences of the demolition. If shoring, bracing, or other stabilization measures must be taken prior to demolition, a clear and detailed sequence of this work, along with clear identification that this work is required to be performed prior to the start of any demolition activity shall be included;
  5. Where interior walls are to be demolished, a statement shall be provided indicating that the removal of the interior walls has been coordinated with the load capacity of the exterior walls and floors;
  6. Partitions required for the stability of the structure or required for egress shall be clearly indicated on the plans, and the sequence of operations shall indicate when the partitions can be safely removed;
  7. Where mechanical demolition equipment, other than handheld devices, is to be used, a listing and description of all such proposed equipment to be used in the demolition, including the scope of equipment work and positioning of equipment on the existing structure. The description of the equipment shall include the gross weight of the equipment and calculations showing the adequacy of the existing structure to support loads imposed by such equipment. Any conditions imposed on the use or position of the equipment must be noted. If more than one piece of demolition equipment is proposed to be used at the same time, the effect of the simultaneous loads imposed on the existing structure shall be described and investigated. The plans may allow for alternate types of equipment within the same weight range and type. Such alternatives must be listed on the plans. A list of cranes to be utilized, if applicable, must also be provided, including their location along with a note that any department-required permit for the crane shall be obtained;
  8. A description of compliance with the applicable provisions of Sections 3306.8 and 3306.9 of this code;
  9. A statement regarding whether the building where demolition operations are to occur shares a party wall or party foundation with an adjoining structure;
  10. For demolition work that occurs on the exterior of a building, or for demolition operations that will disturb elements shared between buildings, including but not limited to party walls or party foundations, the adjoining properties shall be indicated, with property lines, addresses, block and lot numbers, stories and heights of all buildings, and horizontal offset dimensions of all adjacent structures from the property lines of structure being demolished and from the structure clearly shown. Any encroachments on adjoining property, including but not limited to fencing, barriers, or safety zones, along with a note stating that permission shall be obtained from the adjoining property owner, shall also be clearly indicated;
  11. Pedestrian protection, unenclosed perimeter protection, or adjoining property protection installed in accordance with Sections 3307, 3308, or 3309, including but not limited to, as applicable:
    1. Fencing/gates, including type, location, and dimensions, as well as the location of the project information sign on the fence;
    2. Sidewalk sheds, including locations and dimensions;
    3. Supported scaffolding and netting, including heights above the building being demolished, details of anchorage to building, and netting type; and
    4. Adjoining roof, mechanical equipment, and yard protection, including types, locations, and dimensions.
  12. The boundaries of the demolition work zone and demolition safety zone, as required by Section 3306.2, and the method of defining those zones and preventing access (e.g. fencing, barriers, etc.);
  13. All means and methods of debris removal from the point of demolition to the public roadway (carting), including openings in floors, chutes, etc, as well as the location of any debris sorting operation and barriers to separate the operation from other demolition activity;
  14. Means of egress for all phases of the demolition;
  15. The elevator or hoist in readiness, if required;
  16. Measures to protect, stabilize, and brace, as necessary, fire escapes, cornices, flues, and chimneys;
  17. Where fire separation elements are to be breached or diminished during demolition operations in an occupied building, or between adjoining occupied or unoccupied buildings, temporary measures to maintain fire separation;
  18. The methods of remediating adjoining lot line walls, including weatherproofing, repair, floorto-wall anchorage, etc.;
  19. A listing of required special inspections;
  20. Application numbers for associated filings (e.g. fencing, pedestrian protection, adjoining property protection, scaffolding, netting, underpinning, support of excavation, etc.); and
  21. Reference to the monitoring plan, when a monitoring plan is required by Section 3306.12.
3306.5.1.1 Submittal Documents for Full or Partial Demolition Using Mechanical Equipment Other Than Handheld
Submittal documents for full or partial demolition using mechanical equipment other than handheld shall be signed, sealed and submitted by a registered design professional.
3306.5.2 Maintenance of Submittal Documents
The approved set of submittal documents shall be kept at the site at all times and be accessible for inspection in accordance with Section 3301.7. It shall be a violation of this code to use mechanical equipment, whether handheld or other than handheld, to perform full or partial demolitions unless the approved submittal documents required by Section 3306.5.1 are available for inspection. Failure to make submittal documents available on site may result in the issuance of a stop work order.
3306.5.3 Filing Requirements
Where submittal documents are required in connection with full or partial demolition in accordance with Section 3306.5, applications shall be filed by the registered design professional in accordance with Article 104 of Chapter 1 of Title 28 of the Administrative Code and shall be approved prior to issuance of the work permit.
3306.5.4 Assessment of Structure to Be Demolished
Submittal documents required by Section 3306.5 shall be based upon an assessment of the structure where demolition operations are to occur. The assessment shall be performed by a registered design professional. The assessment shall, at a minimum, consist of an interior and exterior physical inspection of the structure where demolition operations are to occur, in which all areas to be demolished are accessed during the inspection. The results of the assessment shall be documented in an assessment report prepared by the person who performed the assessment. If the assessment was performed by a registered design professional other than the registered design professional who prepares the submittal documents, the report shall be provided to the registered design professional who prepares the submittal documents.
3306.5.5 Assessment of Adjoining Structures
Where a bearing masonry or wood framed building shares a party wall or party foundation with a building that is to undergo a full demolition, a demolition performed in conjunction with work that meets the requirements of Section 101.4.5 of Title 28 of the Administrative Code, a demolition that results in the demolition of more than 50 percent of the gross floor area of the building during the course of work over any 12-month period, or a demolition that results in the removal of one or more floors during the course of work over any 12-month period, the submittal documents required by Section 3306.5 shall be based upon an assessment of such bearing masonry or wood framed building. The assessment shall be performed by a registered design professional. The assessment shall, at a minimum, consist of an interior and exterior visual inspection of the structure where demolition operations are to occur. The results of the assessment shall be documented in an assessment report prepared by the person who performed the assessment. If the assessment was performed by a registered design professional other than the registered design professional who prepares the submittal documents, the report shall be provided to the registered design professional who prepares the submittal documents.
3306.5.6 Review of Pertinent Plans and Records
Submittal documents required by Section 3306.5 shall be based upon a review of all pertinent plans and records of the structure where demolition operations are to occur. In addition, where a building is to undergo a full demolition, a demolition performed in conjunction with work that meets the requirements of Section 101.4.5 of Title 28 of the Administrative Code, a demolition that results in the demolition of more than 50 percent of the gross floor area of the building during the course of work over any 12- month period, or a demolition that results in the removal of one or more floors during the course of work over any 12-month period, the submittal documents shall further be based upon a review of all pertinent plans and records of all adjoining structures. The review shall be performed by the registered design professional who prepares the submittal documents.
3306.5.7 Incorporate All Other Relevant Reports
The demolition submittal documents must incorporate all the conditions and findings identified in the geotechnical report when such report is required by Section 1803.6, the evaluation analysis when such analysis is required by Section 1817, the assessment reports required by Section 3306.5.4 and 3306.5.5, and the preconstruction survey when such survey is required by Section 3309.4.3.

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