Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP)
What is FISP?
Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP), previously known as Local Law 11, is a law aimed to ensure the public safety, as well as structural stability of the New York City buildings. The owners of buildings with six or more stories must have their buildings inspected every five years according to the buildings block number and DOB inspection sub-cycle.
Inspections are conducted by a Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI).
Raul Mayta R.A. is a NYC licensed Registered Architect and Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI) specialized in reviews along exterior surfaces of the buildings for structural integrity. Mayta + Sebastian Architecture prepares and files reports including our findings with NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) in compliance with standardized FISP requirements.
All facades/elevations must be visually inspected. The QEWI may employ high powered binoculars as well as various types of boom lifts or suspended scaffolds in order to take a closer look. Touching and tapping the surfaces with a hammer is typically performed during close-up facade review to provide a better understanding of the building’s conditions.
After the Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI) inspects the building façades, he assigns the following categories:
A building cannot skip an inspection cycle, no matter how much time has passed since the deadline. If an inspection report has not been filed for a previous cycle, the DOB will issue a "No Report Filed" violation.
Once the report has been filed after deadline, the DOB may then retroactively issue a base penalty of up to $1,000 for filing late, plus up to $250 per month past the deadline.
The building owners should hire Registered Architect (RA) or Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI) who know how to enhance a building’s infrastructure, not just the façade. Something seemingly minor identified in a report, like a cosmetic crack in the wall, could be symptomatic of a bigger problem.
Raul Mayta R.A. reviews with the owner specific goals and budgets before providing the building owner with qualified information and a strategy to ensure the building’s façade performance for many years to come.