FISP Facade Inspection Safety Program (Local Law 11/98)
New York City’s Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP), also known as Local Law 11, requires the facades of buildings of six or more stories to be inspected for safety every five years. The latest inspection period, Cycle 8, started in February 2015 and ends in February 2020. Here’s what you need to know:
Who needs to get a FISP inspection?
All New York City buildings that are over six stories must be inspected once every five years. Check your subcycle with the NYC Department of Buildings to determine when you are due to be inspected.
Who can complete the inspection?
An engineer or architect can conduct a thorough inspection of your building’s facade and exterior walls. This qualified expert will submit a statement to the NYC Department of Buildings that labels your building one of three statuses:
- SAFE: No action needed
- UNSAFE: Must be repaired immediately (within 30 days of inspection)
- SWARMP: Safe with a Repair and Maintenance Program – must be repaired before the next inspection
Scott Henson Architect is qualified to perform these inspections; contact us to schedule a FISP inspection now.
What happens if you skip the inspection?
Penalties range from $250 per month for filing your FISP report late to $1,000 per month for failing to file at all.