By: Brian Sullivan

As we near the end of the FISP 8th cycle in New York City, we’d like to remind all in the industry of the approaching deadline of February 21, 2019.

Additionally, we’d like to share some of the proposed changes for the 9th cycle, which begins February 21, 2020. At a recent meeting held by the DOB Facades team and attended by several city agencies, real estate owners’ groups, and a handful of consultants, the DOB shared the following proposed revisions that are currently in consideration:

  • The number of closeup inspections required may increase. One of the proposed revisions is to have closeup physical inspections (scaffold drops, etc.) performed at intervals of 60’ or less
  • QEWI’s (Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector’s), those professionals approved by the DOB to submit FISP reports will be required to have at least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Probes to verify and document wall ties in cavity wall facades will be required in the 9th cycle and every odd cycle thereafter
  • A photo of the individual performing the closeup inspection on each drop will be required as part of every filed report
  • A recommended timeframe to resolve unsafe conditions must be included in the report (more than 5 years will not be accepted)
  • Monthly civil penalties for unsafe conditions will accrue and increase annually at a linear rate that’s based on the length of sidewalk bridge
  • The DOB will perform inspections for extension requests
  • A FISP condition certificate must be displayed in the lobby of the subject building

For the most part these changes will improve the quality of the inspections and reports; therefore, further protecting building owners, occupants, and the public from unsafe conditions.

We will provide an update on any further changes and issue a detailed summary of all revisions once they are officially added to the rule.

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