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Since the enactment of FISP in 1980 (Local Law 10), CTA Architects P.C. has prepared and filed the required examination reports for our clients.

The Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) – previously known as Local Law 11 – relates to buildings in New York City. It requires that owners of buildings with six or more stories above grade have their exterior walls and appurtenances inspected periodically – as set forth by the commissioner – but at least once every five years.

In the first six inspection cycles, from 1980 to 2007, the DOB required all buildings to file their facade inspection reports in the same two-year window. To reduce the inspection, filing, and processing load, the DOB began staggering the filing deadlines starting with the last (7th cycle) in 2010.

Buildings are grouped according to the last digit of their block number. For the 9th Cycle of inspections:

  • Block numbers ending in 4, 5, 6, or 9: 
    Reports must be filed between February 21, 2020 and February 21, 2022.

  • Block numbers ending in 0, 7, or 8: 
    Reports must be filed between February 21, 2021 and February 21, 2023.

  • Block numbers ending in 1, 2, or 3: 
    Reports must be filed between February 21, 2022 and February 21, 2024.

A Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI), who must be a licensed Registered Architect or Professional Engineer, must conduct this inspection and submit an acceptable Report to the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) summarizing the building’s conditions.

QEWI will rate as follows:

  • Safe: The façade has no problems and is in good condition

  • Safe with a Repair and Maintenance Program (SWARMP): The façade is safe, but requires repairs/maintenance.

  • Unsafe: The façade has problems/defects that pose a threat to safety.

If unsafe conditions are found during an inspection, owners must file the report as “Unsafe” and immediately install public safety measures, such as a sidewall shed, construction fence, etc. Unsafe conditions must be corrected within 90 days and an amended report filed with the Department of Building with 15 days of completing the repairs. In total, repairs must be corrected and an amended report filed within 105 days of the initial filing or appropriate extensions need to filed to provide time to complete the work.