Our Promise

RJSA is recognized by its commitment to ensuring the safety and longevity of the built world.  We are founded on the hard work of licensed professionals and comprised of an innovative, forward-thinking and collaborative team. We strive to find the most appropriate and cost-effective solutions to any given project, affording our clients peace of mind.

RJSA is a firm recognized by its professionalism and commitment to ensuring the safety and longevity of the built world.  As an expanding firmwe are founded on the hard work of licensed professionals and comprised of an innovative, forward thinking and collaborative team.  We strive to find the most appropriate and cost effective solutions to any given project, affording our clients peace of mind.

New York City

12 East 49th Street

11th Floor

New York, NY 10017

212.737.6487

Westchester

75 N Central Avenue

Suite 305

Elmsford, NY 10523

914.251.0900

©2019 by Robert J Stahl Architect PC

LOCAL LAW 11/98

facade inspection safety program

The Local Laws for the City of New York, for the year 1998, Number 11 or Local Law 11/98 states that:
 

“In order to maintain a building’s exterior walls and appurtenances thereof in a safe condition, the following additional requirements shall apply to all existing buildings or buildings hereafter erected which are greater than six stories in height.”

These Local Law 11 requirements include critical inspections at periodic intervals, notification of unsafe conditions, a written FISP (Facade Inspection Safety Program) compliance report of the critical inspections and at times repairs of unsafe conditions.
 

CLASSIFICATIONS

Every building that falls under the City of New York’s Local Law 11/98, which is estimated to be about 14,000 buildings across the five Boroughs, is classified in one of the following three  categories:

 

SAFE

SWARMP

UNSAFE

No problems and in

good condition

 

Safe with a Repair and Maintenance Program

 

Problems or defects

threatening public safety

 

When a building is filed SAFE, no further action is required until the next filing cycle.  A SWARMP building must be repaired in the time frame listed in the FISP report by an Engineer or Architect. An UNSAFE building must be repaired within 30 days. If needed, a request for an extension can be filed with the New York City DOB. 

LOCAL LAW 11 - VIOLATIONS

The New York City Department of Buildings is constantly visiting sites all over the five boroughs doing spontaneous inspections.  Facade Related offenses could result in penalties of up to $25,000 per infraction. 

 

Types of Infractions include:

  • Failure to File a Façade Technical Report

  • Failure to File and Amended Façade Technical Report

  • Failure to Maintain Building Walls

  • Failure to Protect the Public

HOW WE CONTRIBUTE: FISP FILING CYCLE

Every building that falls under the City of New York’s Local Law 11/98, which is estimated to be about 14,000 buildings across the five Boroughs, is classified in one of the following three  categories:

 

Building Owners MUST have exterior wall and appurtenances inspected EVERY FIVE YEARS to comply with Local Law 11/98 requirements.

As a Local Law 11 Architect, our Qualified Exterior Wall Inspectors or QEWI’s can design hands-on inspection programs and lead the inspection team in performing the critical examination.  Once completed, all of the information is formatted into a FISP compliance report and filed electronically with the New York City Department of Buildings through the DOB NOW system.