By Renee Sosnowski
On February 21, 2020, Sub-Cycle 9A of the Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) started for buildings in blocks ending in 4, 5, 6, and 9. The program requires owners of properties higher than six stories to have exterior walls and appurtenances inspected every five years. As you’re likely aware, new façade rules have gone into effect for Cycle 9.
These façade inspections are considered critical examinations and must be performed by a Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI), licensed by New York State. After conducting an inspection, the QEWI must file a technical façade report through DOB NOW: Safety indicating the condition of the façade:
- Safe. No problems, in good condition
- Safe With a Repair and Maintenance Program (SWARMP). Safe, but requiring repair or maintenance
- Unsafe. Problems or defects threaten public safety
If an inspection reveals unsafe conditions, the QEWI must immediately notify the owner and the DOB in writing of such conditions. Owners must take immediate action to protect the public, such as installing a sidewalk shed or construction fence.
Owners of buildings in Sub-Cycle 9A have until February 21, 2022, to file the façade technical report.
Property owners must repair dangerous conditions within 90 days of filing a technical report in DOB NOW: Safety. Upon completion of the work, owners have two weeks to submit an amended technical report.
Owners of Unsafe properties are required to request an extension if the repairs cannot be completed and an amended report cannot be filed within 104 days of the original report submission date.
If you have questions about the program or the changes, contact Metropolis Group at 212.233.6344.