Local Law 11/98, now referred to as the Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP), requires that all exterior facades over 6 stories be inspected every 5 years by a Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI). Merritt Engineering have assisted hundreds of Building Owners throughout New York City in fulfilling the critical responsibility of maintaining their building’s façade in “safe” condition under Local Law 11/98.
Our team begins with a hands-on, non-destructive inspection to determine the existing conditions of all exterior walls and identify potential safety hazards. We then prepare and file a written report with the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB), detailing any necessary repair strategies.
Our reports and repair programs not only comply with DOB requirements, but are also useful tools for planning and budgeting purposes by allowing Building Owners to prioritize the required repairs and avoid costly emergency restorations down the line.
To learn more about the NYC DOB Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) click here
|Last Digit of Bldg Block #
|9th Cycle Filing Window
|4, 5, 6, 9
|Feb 21, 2020 – Feb 21, 2022
|0, 7, 8
|Feb 21, 2021 – Feb 21, 2023
|1, 2, 3
|Feb 21, 2022 – Feb 21, 2024
*Façade Status will need to be posted and maintained in the building lobby to alert occupants of the exterior wall status (Safe, SWARMP or Unsafe).
*Close-up inspections will need to be performed at intervals of not more than 60 feet fronting each public right-of-way.
*Probe investigations will be required to determine presence and condition of wall ties in cavity walls. This requirement will begin with the 9th Cycle and every odd cycle thereafter.
*Photographic evidence of close-up inspections in progress will need to be submitted with the completed Local Law 11 (FISP) reports.
*New Penalties will be issued for failure to perform corrective work, including SWARMP repairs.
*Qualified Exterior Wall Inspectors (QEWI) must be licensed architects or professional engineers with at least 3 years of relevant experience to ensure inspectors have appropriate knowledge of exterior walls and how to conduct inspections of those walls.
For more information, please click here.
The NYC DOB has released a new rule, which went into effect on November 12, 2021, and outlines amendments in order to clarify FISP requirements.
For more information, read the full notice of adoption of the new rule.
Many owners and renters enclose their balconies with open screening, metal and glass panels, and various other types of light wall assemblies without first obtaining a New York City Work Permit. There are various Buildings Department rules and Building Code sections that must be adhered to so that a balcony enclosure is properly constructed and is, and will remain, structurally stable.
What work requires a Work Permit? What work does not?
REQUIRES A PERMIT
DOES NOT REQUIRE A PERMIT
Here are some helpful links to guide you through the various facets of facade filings: