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Facade Inspection & Safety Program

Overview

For over 40 years, HLZAE has supported our clients with their façade safety compliance needs.

New York City’s Facade Inspection & Safety Program (FISP), formerly known as Local Law 11/98, requires that owners of buildings greater than six stories must inspect their exterior walls and appurtenances periodically. A Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI) must conduct this inspection and submit an acceptable report to the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) within the building’s allocated timeframe.  

HLZAE provides our clients with a thorough evaluation and analysis of building facades upon which you can base construction and rehabilitation decisions and maintain compliance with FISP requirements. Our goal is to consistently provide the highest quality professional architectural and engineering services for preserving a facade’s integrity while factoring in logistics and the reality of your budgets and goals.

Experts in FISP

Widely recognized as a premier resource in FISP expertise, HLZAE has assisted clients in staying in compliance with FISP and Local Law requirements since 1981. We have an established professional relationship with the Local Law & Façades Unit of the DOB and work directly with the division toward approval of all reports filed by HLZAE on behalf of our clients. During the two most recent completed cycles, we have submitted more than 1,250 initial reports, and are continuing to submit 8th cycle subsequent and amended reports as well as initial reports for the recently opened 9th cycle making HLZAE the number one filer in NYC according to the DOB statistics.

 

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The Latest Updates to FISP (Local Law 11)

Effective February 21st , 2020, the DOB has made changes to Cycle 9. With these latest changes, the DOB requires more comprehensive façade examinations and more detailed reporting requirements with increased descriptions of observations and photographic evidence of inspections.

 

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Inspection Services

Review of Previous Cycle Report and Conditions

Visual and Close-Up Inspections

Drop Inspection Bidding and Coordination

Fire Escape and Railing Inspections

Scope of Work Preparation

Preparation of Façade Inspection Safety Program Report

Filing of Façade Inspection Safety Program Report

Amended and Subsequent Report Preparation and Filing

Extension of Time Filings

Administration of Repairs

Review of Previous Cycle Report and Conditions

Visual and Close-Up Inspections

Drop Inspection Bidding and Coordination

We leverage our technical expertise to provide quality assurance and code compliance

From pre-war to modern construction, a significant percentage of HLZAE’s portfolio has involved the investigation and remediation of the exterior envelope as well as structural systems for all building types. We provide our clients with a thorough analysis and evaluation of building façades upon which they can base construction and rehabilitation decisions and maintain compliance with FISP requirements.

HLZAE provides our clients with a thorough evaluation and analysis of building façades upon which they can base construction and rehabilitation decisions and maintain compliance with FISP requirements. Our goal is to consistently provide the highest quality professional architectural and engineering services for preserving a facade’s integrity while factoring in logistics and the reality of our clients’ budgets and goals.

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FISP & DOB Information

As of September 12, 2016, all FISP reports are to be submitted electronically through the DOB NOW system. The QEWI is required to upload the report into the DOB NOW: Safety system and the Owner must register an email address through the DOB’s e-filing system to sign electronically the TR-6 form. To learn more about submitting your FISP report electronically, learn more here.

The DOB now requires building’s to post a copy of their FISP Exterior Wall Certificate from Cycle 8 or Cycle 9 in the building lobby. To access your certificate, you have two options: through the DOB NOW website or through an email request. This will depend on when your last FISP report was filed.

If you have filed a FISP report AFTER September 12th, 2016, you have the ability ACCESS and PRINT your building certificate and avoid the $500 violation fee from the DOB by taking the following steps.

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