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New York City – Local Law 11


New York City – Local Law 11 / Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP)

Prompted by the death of a Barnard College student struck by falling masonry, Local Law 10 of 1980 instituted periodic inspections of street-facing exterior walls.  In 1998, Local Law 11 (LL11) tightened regulations to include all faces of buildings six or more stories. In 2008, the City of New York adopted rule amendments that made further changes to the facade inspection process, including instituting staggered filing cycles to better negotiate the 14,500 buildings covered by the law.

Beginning with Cycle 9 in 2020, updates to the rule establish even more rigorous evaluation standards, including cavity wall probes and more hands-on inspection, as well as public protection measures, higher standards for Qualified Exterior Wall Inspectors (QEWIs), and greater penalties, to further improve public safety.

Hoffmann Architects has performed Local Law 11 FISP inspections for hundreds of buildings.

Each cycle, owners and managers look to us to guide them comfortably through the Local Law 11 facade inspection, repair, and filing process.  Shouldn’t you?

Latest News
Facade Amnesty Program to Begin July 1, 2020
NYC DOB Service Notice May 2020
Big Changes to NYC Local Law 11 Facade Inspection and Safety Program (FISP) for Cycle 9
Hoffmann Architects News Bulletin January 2020

Additional Resources
Rules of the City of New York, sections 101-07 and 103-04
Updated facade inspection and filing requirements, effective February 20, 2020
New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB)
Facade Safety Program Guide
DOB NOW: Safety
Resources and FAQs on FISP
eFiling Electronic System
Required for facade reporting
LinkedIn Page: NYC Local Law 11 FISP Resources
Hoffmann Architects LinkedIn Showcase Page
Required Electronic Filing Beginning Fall 2016
Hoffmann Architects News Bulletin August 2016
NYC Department of Buildings Spring 2016 Update
Hoffmann Architects News Bulletin April 2016
Fact Sheet on NYC Local Law 11 / Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP)
Hoffmann Architects News Bulletin June 2015
Balcony and Railing Report Requirements
Hoffmann Architects News Bulletin February 2014
Changes to Facade Inspection Rule Beginning in Cycle 7
Hoffmann Architects News Bulletin January 2011
Local Law 10 of 1980
Original code rule requiring periodic facade inspections
Local Law 11 of 1998
Updates the rule established by Local Law 10 of 1980
Local Law 38 of 2007
Further revises the rule set forth in Local Law 11 of 1998 and establishes staggered sub-cycles