Retaining Walls

August 31, 2021


Retaining wall inspections were created to protect structures and the public from retaining wall collapses.


  • Document review
  • General Visual Inspection
  • Assessment of Conditions
  • Third Party testing (if applicable)
  • Filing of report
  • Deadline for Repairs

Owners of properties with a retaining wall that faces a public right-of-way and has any portion of the wall extending ten feet or higher must have their retaining wall inspected every five years by a Qualified Retaining Wall Inspector (QRWI) and a condition assessment report of the inspection must be submitted to the Department by the QRWI within 60 days of completing the inspection. The current inspection cycle (Cycle 2) runs from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2023.

Cycles are staggered into five (5) sub-cycles. For retaining walls in the:

 Bronx   January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019
 Manhattan   January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020
 Staten Island   January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021
 Queens   January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022
 Brooklyn   January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023

Filing Fees:

Initial Filing $355.00
Amended Filing $130.00
Application for extension of time to complete repairs. $260.00  

 Civil Penalties:

Late Filing $250.00
Failure to File $1,000.00 Per Year
Failure to correct an UNSAFE condition $1,000.00 Per Month (pro-rated daily)    

HLZAE Contacts:

  • Ilya Shtulberg, P.E. – Senior Structural Associate
  • Bryan Chester, P.E. – Senior Project Manager
  • Stephanie Bush, R.A. – Executive Director, Operations  


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