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FISP

As per the NYC DOB Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP), formerly Local Law 11 of 1998, a periodic facade inspection must be performed on all buildings within the five boroughs of New York City greater than six stories in height (or any individual wall(s) greater than six stories in height on otherwise exempt buildings). These inspections must be accompanied by a report submitted to the Department of Buildings describing the building as safe, safe with a repair and maintenance program (SWARMP) or unsafe. All conditions observed must also be individually identified with the applicable classification. The report must also include a description of required repair work, along with a timeline for performing these repair, and must be signed by the building Owner and the Professional Engineer/Registered Architect responsible for the inspection.

The current filing requirements for the 8th cycle of NYC’s FISP have changed considerably since the culmination of the 6th cycle in 2007 as a result of Local Law 38 of 2007 which required the implementation of staggered inspection cycles. To avoid unnecessary delays and penalties, only a qualified professional with vast knowledge of the new requirements and significant experience with filing these reports should be utilized.

CURRENT FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR 9TH CYCLE OF NYC’S FISP

The current filing requirements for the 9th cycle of NYC’s FISP went into effect on February 21, 2020. The changes reflect those discussed in 2019. Revisions include:

  • Closeup inspections (scaffold drops, etc.) are required at intervals of 60’ or less
  • Qualified Exterior Wall Inspectors (QEWIs) – professionals approved by the DOB to submit FISP reports – are required to have at least 7 years of relevant experience
  • Probes to verify and document wall ties in cavity wall facades are 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 accrue and increase annually at a linear rate, based on the length of sidewalk bridge
  • The DOB will perform inspections for extension requests
  • According to the NYC DOB, “recent inspections have revealed significant deficiencies in facade 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.”
  • A FISP condition certificate must be displayed in the lobby of the subject building

Most of these changes are designed to improve the quality of inspections and reports, further protecting building owners, occupants, and the public from unsafe conditions.

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OUR FAÇADE INSPECTION PROJECTS

9th Cycle Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) Filing Window
Sub-Cycle
Last Digit of Block Number
Filing Window
9A
4, 5, 6, or 9
February 21, 2020- February 21, 2022
9B
0, 7, 8
February 21, 2021- February 21, 2023
9C
1, 2, or 3
February 21, 2022- February 21, 2024
Cycle 8
Sub-Cycle
Last Digit of Block Number
Sub-Cycle Start Date
Filing Deadline
A
4, 5, 6, 9
02/21/15
02/21/17
B
0, 7, 8
02/21/16
02/21/18
C
1, 2, 3
02/21/17
02/21/19