Periodic Condition Assessments of Parking Garages (New York State)

The Department of State adopted a rule that amends Parts 1202, 1203, and 1204 of Title 19 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, which requires owners of parking garages to have periodic condition assessments performed by a qualified professional engineer (PE). The assessment should include an on-site inspection and evaluation of a parking garage to determine evidence of deterioration of any structural element or building component, evidence of the existence of any unsafe condition, and evidence indicating that a parking garage is an unsafe structure. Once the engineer completes the condition assessment, a report will be prepared, signed, sealed and then submitted to the local jurisdiction.

Each parking garage in the State shall undergo an initial condition assessment as follows:

Existing buildings must complete an initial condition assessment prior to October 1, 2019, October 1, 2020, or October 1, 2021, depending on the date of original construction. Following the initial condition assessment of a parking garage, such parking garage shall undergo periodic condition assessments every three years.

  • if originally constructed prior to 1/1/1984 – initial assessment to be completed prior to 10/1/2019
  • if originally constructed between 1/1/1984 and 12/31/2002 – initial assessment to be completed prior to 10/1/2020
  • if originally constructed between 1/1/2003 and 8/29/2018 – initial assessment to be completed prior to 10/1/2021

An initial condition assessment is required prior to a certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance being issued for a new structure.

Small garages for one- or two-family houses or townhouse units are exempt.