What Is Required?
Condition Assessment. Parking garage owners must retain a qualified professional engineer, experienced in structural evaluation, to conduct an on-site inspection and evaluation of the parking facility. The purpose of the inspection is to identify deterioration and evidence of any unsafe conditions.
Report. Once the engineer completes the Condition Assessment, he or she must prepare, sign, seal, and submit a Condition Assessment Report. The engineer must provide an evaluation and description of:
- Deterioration and distress that could result in unsafe conditions,
- Conditions that should be remedied immediately to prevent them from becoming unsafe,
- Conditions that are already unsafe,
- Problems that are leading to deterioration and unsafe conditions,
- Corrective options available, including recommended time frame for remediation,
- Risks of not addressing the deterioration and/or defects,
- Recommendations for preventive maintenance, and
- Recommended timing of the next Condition Assessment.
Following the initial report, parking garages must undergo periodic Condition Assessments for the life of the facility.
Operating Permit. Owners of new and existing parking garages must now obtain an operating permit.
Which Properties Are Affected?
All parking garages in the state of New York, including private, municipal, and State-owned facilities, must comply with this new code. This includes freestanding parking structures as well as portions of buildings, unless the only parking is on grade (i.e. a parking lot). Small garages for one- or two-family houses or townhouse units are exempt.