New York City’s Façade Inspection Safety Program” (FISP), commonly known as Local Law 11, requires that owners of buildings higher than six stories must professionally inspect their buildings’ exterior walls and appurtenances once every five years. Since the introduction of FISP, various landmark, commercial, and residential building owners have retained the specialized services of Pier Head Construction, Ltd., to stay in compliance with FISP requirements.
Pier Head Construction, a 30-year old Manhattan-based construction firm serving the Greater New York area, is a licensed and recognized expert in Local Law 11 repairs, safety, and maintenance. Pier Head Construction also handles the complexities of historic landmark restorations, and renovations on a wide range of commercial and residential facility types such as:
To ensure proper compliance with the Façade Inspection Safety Program, consult with Pier Head Construction and review the following steps of their action plan:
If your building is six stories or more, you must comply with the Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP). Check the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Building Information System (BIS) at the website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/html/bis/bis.shtml.
Determine how the building was classified in the last cycle—the FISP Cycle 7 reporting period, which ended on February 20, 2015. The status of the façade can be classified in three ways:
Guidelines if your building falls under the SWARMP category: Buildings with ongoing construction work cannot be designated as Safe:
Guidelines if your building falls under the “Unsafe” category:
If SWARMP status is indicated, a time frame must be established to complete repair work and a completion date (MM/YY) must be identified. The time frame for repairs cannot be less than 12 months from the date of filing of the report at DOB.
The current Inspection Cycle (Cycle 8) runs from February 21, 2015 to February 21, 2020. The cycle has three staggered sub-cycles: Cycle 8A, Cycle 8B and Cycle 8C. The last digit of the building’s block number determines the sub-cycles in which the report must be filed.
|Sub-cycle||Last Digit of Block Number||Filing Period|
|A||4, 5, 6, or 9||2/21/2015 – 2/20/2017|
|B||0, 7, or 8||2/21/2016 – 2/21/2018|
|C||1, 2, or 3||2/21/2017 – 2/20/2019|
During the above inspection period, retain the services of a Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI) — a New York State licensed architect or engineer to conduct the critical examination as set forth in RCNY §103-04, to include:
Under NYC law, it is mandatory that QEWIs notify the DOB if they find any Unsafe conditions during the critical examination. After the report, the owner has 30 days to rectify the issue. The QEWI will conduct another inspection and file an amended report.
The QEWI shall file with the DOB and submit a copy to the owner of the building a written report, beginning with DOB Form TR6-Technical Report for inspection of exterior walls and appurtenances. In the critical examination report, The QEWI will clearly document all conditions noted during the inspection, stating that the inspection was performed and completed in accordance with the Administrative Code. The report shall include an executive overview that shall consist of a summary of findings and recommendations, a concise statement of the scope of the inspection and findings, the conclusions and recommendations and a determination as to whether the building is categorized as “safe,” “SWARMP,” or “unsafe.”
After the inspection, a report must be filed within 60 days or the critical examination will be repeated. If the original report is rejected, you can file a revised report within 45 days.
Civil Penalties and Costs
(1) An owner who fails to file the required acceptable inspection report shall be liable for a civil penalty of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per year immediately after the end of the applicable filing window. (2) Late filing: In addition to the penalty for failure to file, an owner who submits a late filing shall be liable for a civil penalty of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per month, commencing on the day following the filing deadline of the assigned filing window period and ending on the filing date of an acceptable initial report. (3) In addition to the penalties provided in this section, an owner who fails to correct an unsafe condition shall be liable for a civil penalty of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per month, pro-rated daily, until the unsafe condition is corrected. Time extension repairs cost $135. Time request extensions must be renewed every 90 days.
Your FISP Action Plan
Getting compliant is a process. Pier Head Construction, Ltd., an experienced provider of Local Law 11 compliance services will guide you to success. The firm enjoys a strong reputation built on attention to quality control, safety, creative problem solving, and hands-on supervision by the principals. It is staffed with a highly skilled, responsive team for exterior restorations and compliance with Local Law 11 safety and maintenance requirements for residential and commercial façades.
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|Sheri Best, President
Pier Head Construction, Ltd.
Telephone: (212) 966 2234, ext. 202