N.Y. Public Buildings Law Section 53
Assistive listening systems


All new public buildings, construction of which commences after January first, nineteen hundred ninety-one, containing an auditorium, theater, meeting hall, hearing room, amphitheater, or room used in any similar capacity which are so designated by the appropriate building and fire code shall have equipped and installed an assistive listening system for use by persons who are deaf or hard of hearing who require the use of such a system to improve their reception of sound.


Standards for such systems shall be developed by the state fire prevention and building code council upon receiving recommendations from the advisory board on assistive listening systems in places of public assembly.


For purposes of this section, the term “assistive listening system” shall mean situational-personal acoustic communication equipment designed to improve the transmission and auditory reception of sound.

Source: Section 53 — Assistive listening systems, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PBB/53 (updated Aug. 31, 2018; accessed Jun. 22, 2024).

Jun. 22, 2024

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