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Façade Inspection & Safety Program

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Facade Inspection and Safety Program (FISP) - Cycle 8

The New York City Department of Buildings requires that owners of buildings greater than 6 stories must have their buildings’ exterior walls and appurtenances inspected once every 5 years and file a technical report to the Department of Buildings.

The current Inspection Cycle 8 runs from February 21, 2015 to February 21, 2020.


The last digit of the building’s block number determines the sub-cycles in which the report must be filed.

Cycle 8 is staggered into 3 sub-cycles:

  • Cycle 8A

  • Cycle 8B

  • Cycle 8C

Sub-cycle Last Digit of Block Number Filing Period
A 4, 5, 6, or 9 2/21/2015 – 2/21/2017
B 0, 7, or 8 2/21/2016 – 2/21/2018
C 1, 2, or 3 2/21/2017 – 2/21/2019


The inspection (critical examination) must be performed by a Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI) - a New York State licensed architect or engineer.

The status of the façade can be classified in three ways:

  • Safe– The façade has no problems and is in good condition

  • Safe With a Repair and Maintenance Program

  • Unsafe– The façade has problems/defects that pose a threat to public safety

Unsafe Conditions

If unsafe conditions are found, owners must file the report as 'Unsafe' and immediately install public safety measures, such as a sidewalk shed, construction fence, etc.

Unsafe conditions must be corrected within 30 days from the date of filing the report and an amended report filed with the Department within 15 days of completing the repairs. In total, repairs must be corrected and an amended report filed within 45 days of the initial filing.

If the conditions will take longer than 30 days to repair, the QEWI may submit an extension of time request and the DOB may grant an extension of up to 90 days, provided that the premises have been secured by the installation of a shed, fence, etc. Further extensions will only be considered with evidence of unforeseen circumstances or if the nature of the repairs require more than 90 days. There is a filing fee for each extension request, and extensions will need to be renewed until the Unsafe conditions are corrected.

If a building owner files a report as Unsafe and fails to correct the conditions and file an amended report within the allotted time (and does not obtain an extension), the building owner is subject to a monthly penalty for every month the unsafe conditions are not corrected.

Filing Fees

  Filing Fee
 Initial Report $265
 Amended/Subsequent Report $100
 Extension Request $135

Violations and Penalties

Penalties apply after the filing period ends.
Link: Inspection Cycle & Filing Period

 Late Filing (intial report) $250 per month
 Failure to File (initial report) $1,000 per year
 Failure to correct unsafe conditions $1,000 per month

New Buildings

For new construction above 6 stories, the owner has 5 years from the date that a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) has been issued to file the first FISP initial report. This means that any new building that received its TCO between February 21, 2010 - February 20, 2014 may need to file its first report during Cycle 8, depending on the last digit of the tax lot.

New Requirements

During Cycle 7, the Department of Buildings issued a new requirement that balcony railings and guards must be inspected for structural stability and code compliance, if not already included in the initial Cycle 7 inspection and report.

In Cycle 8, balcony railings and guards will be incorporated into the FISP inspection and technical report.

Window-mount air conditioning units will be included in the FISP inspection performed by the QEWI, and will therefore be classified as Safe or Unsafe. The Department of Buildings issues guidelines for installing window-mount air conditioning units, including:

  • Support the unit from underneath with metal brackets or firmly fasten it from inside with angles - any supporting hardware should be structurally fastened to the building (not the window frames) and must be strong enough for the weight of the AC unit.

  • Install the AC unit so it remains in place when the window is opened, or affix it so that the window cannot be opened accidentally.

  • Do not use loose objects, such as wood blocking, bricks, telephone books, or gypsum board to support the leveling of an AC unit.

New Online Filing Requirement

Beginning September 12th, 2016, the New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB) will require building owners, managers, and design professionals to use the new online portal, DOB NOW: Safety, to submit compliance filings for the Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP), more commonly known as Local Law 11.

With this new requirement, Owners, Licensees, Filing Representatives, Registered Architects, and Professional Engineers must register in e-Filing to access DOB NOW and submit facade compliance filings.

The key change is that Owners and/or Owners’ Representatives, now must sign reports electronically, and to do so MUST be registered in e-Filing.

Effective 31 August 2016, facade compliance filings or extension requests, for Cycle 6 and beyond, will no longer be accepted in person and will no longer be available for review in the Building Information Systems (BIS).

To learn more about DOB NOW: Safety, sign up to attend an information session, or visit the DOB NOW: Safety Resource Page for helpful links and instructions.

To view FISP (Local Law 11) Projects click here.

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We offer expertise in "green" or vegetated roof systems, providing our clients with customized design strategies to take advantage of the environmental, economic, and aesthetic opportunities provided by their otherwise underutilized roof spaces.

The benefits of green roofs include increasing property resale or rental values, reducing HVAS system energy consumption, improving air quality, mitigating the Urban Heat Island Effect, minimizing storm water run-off and potentially lessening the need for complex and expensive drainage systems.

As a result, installing a green roof can be a cost efficient strategy for buildings seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification, by qualifying for multiple credits in the Sustainable Sites (SS), Water Efficiency (WE), and Energy and Atmosphere categories.

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We provide exterior inspection and analysis services, including scaffold inspections, exploratory probe work, material testing and analysis and the production of comprehensive recommendation reports. Our experience includes performing over 100 façade inspections  in compliance with New York City Local Law 11/98, which requires owners of buildings that are six stories or taller to file periodic conditions reports with the New York City Department of Buildings.

Additionally, we provide city and government agency filing services including new building applications, alteration applications, demolition applications, Department of Transportation sidewalk and street work applications, tree planting applications, curb cut applications, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission applications for work on historic buildings,  BEST Squad site safety plans, as well as professional certification and expedited filing services.

Our extensive experience with these agencies as well as maintaining open and clear communication with our clients throughout expedites and simplifies what can otherwise be a prolonged and complicated process.

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We are a full-service architectural firm providing design services for new buildings as well as additions to existing buildings. We work closely with clients in every aspect of the project, taking into consideration their design goals, programmatic requirements, and site and budgetary constraints to create buildings that are both functional and beautiful.

Through all stages of the design process, we strive to maintain an open, transparent line of communication with our clients and pride ourselves in delivering projects in an organized and timely manner.

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Our expertise is the preservation and restoration of historic buildings, approaching each building with a comprehensive understanding of traditional building materials and construction methods as well as new high-performance technologies.

Our practice directs this proficiency toward preserving the original character and architectural significance of historic structures, while ensuring that they remain active contributors in our modern urban fabric. We work closely with skilled tradespeople and artisans to provide our clients with the highest quality restorative work.

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