Adding Washer Dryer to an Apartment NYC

(Last Updated On: April 30, 2019)

Adding a washer dryer to an apartment in NYC will require permits and building management approval.

 

Adding A Washer Dryer

 

Adding A Washer Dryer to An Apartment in NYC

  • Building Management Approval
  • Permits for Adding a Washer Dryer
  • Construction Requirements
  • Accessibility 

 

Building Management Approval for Adding Laundry 

If you live in a multifamily building whether a Condo or Co-Op you will need approval from the Board and or management company to add a Laundry Machine to your apartment. Some buildings forbid laundry machines inside the individual apartments but many allow them. You should talk to your building manager and read your building’s alteration agreement to see if they have a stance on the issue.

 

Permits For Adding a Washer Dryer to an Apartment in NYC

If you are adding a Washer and dryer in your NYC apartment you will need to file for permits. This will require an Alteration Type 2 application, which is filed by an architect. All work must be properly permitted and performed by licensed and insured contractors.

Exhaust for Dryers

Gas dryers require an exhaust vent to the outside of the building. The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) has issued Building Bulletin 2009-005 to clarify that only electric ductless clothes dryers are exempt from having exhaust vents to the outside.

 

Construction Requirements for Adding a Washer Dryer

  • Plumbing and Sanitary Hook Ups
  • Electrical 
  • Waterproofing

Sanitary and Plumbing Hookups

In order to add a washing machine to your apartment you will need to connect the sanitary and plumbing hookups. The machine needs a water supply and a waste water line (or sanitary line). You will need to connect to existing plumbing risers or use existing branch piping if code compliant. Usually you will add the laundry to a space near a bathroom or kitchen sink to have the plumbing access. This work will require a plumbing permit.

Electrical Requirements for Laundry

The Washer and Dryer will need electrical supply. Adding the electrical outlets will require an electrical permit. The Electrician must verify if the electrical panel can support the additional load. The electrician should provide an electrical load letter. New breakers may be needed, an electrical panel upgrade could also be necessary. In some cases the apartment may not have a sufficient number of Amps to support the new equipment. It is important to figure this out before starting the work and purchasing the equipment. Only trust licensed and qualified professionals.

Waterproofing The Washing Machine

There are different methods to waterproof and sometimes buildings have preferred methods. The following can be used and for best result provide all at the same time.

  • Waterproof membrane underneath the finish floor this will go up the walls at the laundry location a minimum of 6″ high.
  • Provide a Waterproof Pan for the Laundry Machine to sit in. 
  • Water Detector With Automatic Shut Off

 

Accessibility 

Most apartments in NYC are subject to Accessibility requirements for people with disabilities. The installation of the new laundry machines must comply with accessibility requirements in all apartments that are not exempt of such requirements.

 

Adding Laundry to an Apartment

As an architect I study the process of renovations closely. NYC regulations are complicated and quite involved. In this article, we reviewed some of the basic issues with regards to Adding a Washer Dryer to an apartment in NYC. This post does not assume to cover every possible issue or condition, but provide a general overview.

 


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