New Rule Mandates Annual Parapet Inspections for New York City Buildings
Beginning January 1, 2024, New York City building owners must undertake a yearly inspection of parapet walls, then remedy any hazardous conditions.
When did this start?
In November 2021, New York City enacted Local Law 126 of 2021, which is well-known in the building industry for establishing new requirements for periodic parking garage inspections. At the same time, the legislation added a section to the NYC Administrative Code mandating periodic observation of building parapets.
To allow owners time to prepare, the City set the start date for the new parapet observations for January 1, 2024.
What is required?
All buildings in New York City with parapets facing a street, sidewalk, or other public right-of-way must undergo a professional parapet observation every year.
Unlike the Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP), which excludes buildings under six stories, the parapet rule applies to all buildings, regardless of height, with the exception of detached single- or two-family homes. While FISP inspections are conducted on a five-year cycle, and parking garage inspections are required at least every six years, the newly mandated parapet observation must be done annually.
The good news: owners do not need to file the observation report with the Department of Buildings (DOB). Whereas facade and garage inspection reports follow prescriptive formats and must be electronically submitted, parapet reports need only be kept on file by the building owner. Archives of at least six years of parapet reports must be made available should the DOB request them.