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New York Local Law 11 originally started as Local Law 10 in 1980. That law required inspections of street facing facades of buildings seven stories or higher. The revision, Local Law 11, required the inspections of all facades, not just those facing the street. Local Law 11 requires scaffolding with each inspection, a report on any deterioration, and a time line for repair. The new name given to Local Law 11 is the Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP).

Reports are required every five years. The upcoming FISP inspection and reporting period, Cycle 8, commences on February 21, 2015 and will run through February 21, 2019.

What are the penalties involved?

  • Late filing is a $250 per month.
  • Failure to file is $1000 per year.
  • Failure to correct unsafe conditions if $1000 per month.

When Do I Need to File?

The filing deadline for a building depends on the last digit of its block number. Filings can be made up to two years prior to the deadline. For example, block numbers ending in 4 can file anytime between February 21st 2015 at the earliest, but no later than February 21st, 2017.

  • Block numbers ending in 4, 5, 6, or 9: February 21st, 2017.
  • Block numbers ending in 0, 7, or 8: February 21, 2018.
  • Block numbers ending in 1, 2, or 3: February 21, 2019.

How Are Buildings Classified?

Buildings are filed as Safe, Safe With a Repair and Maintenance Program (SWARMP), or Unsafe. A Safe building needs no further action. A SWARMP building must be repaired in the time frame listed in the report by the Engineer or Architect. An Unsafe building must be repaired within 30 days. Owners can request extensions from the Department of Buildings for an extension on building repairs.

Who Is Qualified to Inspect A Building?

A building can be inspected by a licensed Registered Architect (RA) or Professional Engineer (PE).

When Do New Buildings Have To File?

A new building is required to file five years after the initial TCO (Temporary Certificate of Occupancy). For example, if the building block number ends in 9, it is required to file by February 2017. If the building was constructed in 2014, it is not required to file for that deadline. It will be required in the next cycle, which would be February 2022. In other words, there is a 5 year grace period for new buildings after the date they receive their TCO.

How Do I Find A Registered Architect (RA)?

A New York State Registered Architect can be found from your local American Institute of America chapter. The list below has the name contact information for local AIA chapters in New York City.

New York Chapter

Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEEP, AP President – AIA New York Chapter The Center for Architecture

536 LaGuardia Place

New York NY 10012

Phone: 212-358-6113

Fax: 212-696-5022

Email: info@aiany.org


Brooklyn Chapter

Giuseppe Anzalone, AIA

175 West Broadway

New York, NY 10013

Phone: (212) 680-0140

Fax: (212) 680-0140

Email: president@aiabrooklyn.org


Bronx Chapter

Carlo Nuzzi, AIA

601 East Tremont Ave

Floor 2, Ste 3

Bronx, NY 10457

Phone: (718) 299-1010

Fax: (718) 299-1177

Email: cn@cn-architect.com


Queens Chapter

Michael Cosentino, AIA

M.A. Cosentino Architect, P.C.

42-12 Francis Lewis Blvd. Bayside, NY 11361

Phone: (718) 358-7300

Bayside, NY 11361

Email: cosentino.architect@gmail.com


Staten Island Chapter

Sal Genovese, AIA Anselmo S. Genovese, AIA

17 Saint Mary’s Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10305

Fax: (718) 815-8943

Email: Agenoarch@aol.com


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