New York City law requires building owners comply with the city’s “Façade Inspection Safety Program” (FISP). Previously known as Local Law 11, it requires owners of buildings with six or more stories above grade have their exterior walls and appurtenances inspected periodically.
To keep buildings safe, owners of properties higher than six stories must have exterior walls and appurtenances, such as balconies, inspected every five years – and they must file a technical façade report with the Department. See NYC Construction Codes §28-302.1 and RCNY §103-04.
Property owners must repair dangerous conditions within 30 days of filing a technical report. Once the work is finished, owners must file an amended report within 14 days.
Inspection & Report Deadlines
Façade report and maintenance/repair deadlines are divided into cycles. Cycle 8 began February 21, 2015, and runs through February 21, 2020. The Department has added sub-cycles to make it easier for owners to hire qualified professionals and contractors. The last digit of a building’s block number determines if the property falls into sub-cycle A, B, or C.