By: Brian Sullivan
On Wednesday, November 27th, 2019, the New York City Department of Buildings officially released the proposed changes to the 9th cycle of FISP (formerly known as Local Law 11), which begins February 21, 2020. The changes appear similar to those discussed last year. The proposed rules are open to the public for comments from now until December 30th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., when a public hearing will take place at 280 Broadway.
The proposed revisions include:
- Closeup inspections (scaffold drops, etc.) will be required at intervals of 60′ or less
- QEWIs (Qualified Exterior Wall Inspectors), those professionals approved by the DOB to submit FISP reports will be required to have at least 7 years of relevant experience
- Probes to verify and document wall ties in cavity wall facades will be required in the 9th cycle and every odd cycle thereafter
- A photo of the individual performing the closeup inspection on each drop will be required as part of every filed report
- A recommended timeframe to resolve unsafe conditions must be included in the report (more than 5 years will not be accepted)
- Monthly civil penalties for unsafe conditions will accrue and increase annually at a linear rate that’s based on the length of sidewalk bridge
- The DOB will perform inspections for extension requests
- A FISP condition certificate must be displayed in the lobby of the subject building
- According to the NYC DOB, “recent inspections have revealed significant deficiencies in façade compliance reporting by registered design professionals; therefore, the Department is enhancing the qualified exterior wall inspector qualifications, inspection requirements and civil penalties against owners to ensure public safety.”
For the most part, these changes will improve the quality of the inspections and reports; therefore, further protecting building owners, occupants, and the public from unsafe conditions. We will provide an update on any further changes and issue a detailed summary of all revisions once they are officially added to the rule.