Bisnow 'New Sheriff In Town': Ramped-Up Building Facade Rules Take Effect After Deaths In The City by Miriam Hall
Thousands of New York City building owners are now operating under a new set of ramped-up rules governing how they maintain building facades after two people were killed a month apart by falling debris.
With increased inspection requirements and higher fines for noncompliance, landlords have to quickly prepare to meet the new standards or face stiff penalties.
“People are going to have to be ready for it, [they] realize this is a big change,” said CTA Architects principal Daniel Allen, who carries out facade inspections. “It's going to cost them.”
Owners of buildings taller than six stories have been required since the 1980s to report the conditions of their facades to the city every five years. But under the Department of Buildings’ ramped-up rules that came into effect last week, the changes to the Facade Inspection & Safety Program — known as Local Law 11 — owners will have to inspect their exteriors more intensely and have to display information about the safety of their buildings in their lobbies.