Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) Cycle 9

Continuing Education: FISP Cycle 9

Historic District Council, 232 East 11th Street, NY NY 10003


9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

2 LU/HSW Credits

Long-anticipated changes to the City’s Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) have been issued for Cycle 9, which opens in February 2020.

The Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) – previously known as Local Law 11 – relates to buildings in New York City. It requires that owners of buildings with six or more stories above grade have their exterior walls and appurtenances inspected periodically – as set forth by the commissioner – but at least once every five years.

In the first six inspection cycles, from 1980 to 2007, the DOB required all buildings to file their facade inspection reports in the same two-year window. To reduce the inspection, filing, and processing load, the DOB began staggering the filing deadlines starting with the last (7th cycle) in 2010.

Come listen to HDC Board President and Principal at CTA ARCHITECTS P.C., Dan Allen as he explains the new rules for architects and engineers.

Some of the new rules are:

  • Fines will be imposed for failure to perform “safe with a repair and maintenance program” (SWARMP) repairs from a previous cycle. All other related fines have been increased.

  • The status of the building facade will have to be posted in the building lobby.

  • Minimum levels of experience have been increased for the Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI). A requirement has been added that photographs of the QEWI performing the inspection must be provided.

  • Buildings are grouped according to the last digit of their block number for the 9th Cycle of inspections.

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