Facade Inspection & Safety Program

FISP – Cycle 8 and Cycle 9

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 Cycle 8 duration began February 21, 2015 and ended February 21, 2019. Extensions need to be filed until an amended report is filed and accepted. Initial reports for Cycle 8 cannot be filed after February 20, 2020.

Sub-Cycles

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

Cycle 8 Sub-Cycles

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

Cycle 9 Sub-Cycles

Cycle 9 is staggered into 3 sub-cycles…

  • Cycle 9A
  • Cycle 9B
  • Cycle 9C
Sub-cycle Last Digit of Block Number Filing Period
A 4, 5, 6, or 9 2/21/2020 – 2/21/2022
B 0, 7, or 8 2/21/2021 – 2/21/2023
C 1, 2, or 3 2/21/2022 – 2/21/2024

Inspections

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 facade can be classified in three ways…

  • Safe — The facade has no problems and is in good condition
  • Safe With a Repair and Maintenance Program
  • Unsafe — The facade 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 additional penalties for the duration the unsafe conditions are not corrected.

Filing Fees

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

Violations & Penalties

Penalty
Late Filing (Initial Report) $1,000/month
Failure to File (Initial Report) $5,000/year
Failure to Correct Unsafe Conditions Review 1RCNY 103-04
Failure to Correct SWARMP Conditions $2000

Penalties apply after the filing period ends.
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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 may need to file its first report during Cycle 9, depending on the last digit of the tax lot.

New Requirements

In Cycle 9, amended rules became effective as of February 20, 2020 to strengthen the existing Façade Inspection and Safety Program (FISP). These rule amendments are intended to increase façade safety in New York City.

Close-up inspections must be performed at intervals of no more than 60’-0” fronting each public right-of-way in order to allow for more thorough inspections of the exterior wall:

  • For every additional 60’-0” of length of façade, one additional close-up inspection is required.
  • QEWI must conduct probes to determine whether ties are present and in good condition at cavity wall buildings in every odd cycle.
  • Exceptions have been added for the requirement of probes in specific cases (For more detail, see page 8 in the Final Rule – Amendment of
    Rules Governing Exterior Wall Inspections and Repairs
    ).
  • Owners must post and maintain building façade status in the lobby in a manner similar to elevator certificates to alert building occupants of the exterior wall status.

Online Filing Requirement

New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB) began to 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 in September of 2016.

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

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.