Investigation & Report

Local Law 11 Cycle 8

Façade Inspection and Safety Program (FISP) – Local Law 11

Local Law 11 was established to maintain the safety of all exterior walls and appurtenances of a building six stories or higher.  An investigation must be performed by a Registered Architect/Professional Engineer (A/E) on each building in New York City every five years.  A technical report is prepared, documenting the conditions of the structure, classifying deteriorated conditions and providing repair recommendations in order for the building to maintain a safe classification.  The report is filed with the Department of Buildings (DOB).

Local Law Cycle 8 begins on February 21, 2015 with reports due in staggered sub-cycles (based on the last digit of the building’s block number):


Last Digit of Block Number

Filing Period


4,5,6 or 9

February 21, 2015 – February 21, 2017


0,7 or 8

February 21, 2016 – February 21, 2018


1,2 or 3

February 21, 2017 – February 21, 2019

Façade conditions can be classified as:

  • Safe – A condition of a building wall or appurtenances not requiring repair or maintenance to sustain structural integrity and will not become an unsafe condition during the next 5 years.
  • Safe with a Repair & Maintenance Program (SWARMP) – A condition of a building wall or appurtenances that is safe during time of inspection but requires repairs/maintenance during the next 5 years in order to prevent deterioration into an unsafe condition during that 5 year period.
  • Unsafe – A condition of a building wall or appurtenance that is hazardous to persons or property and requires prompt repair.  An unsafe condition requires the A/E to immediately notify the DOB, erect public protection and create a remedial action plan to stabilize/correct the condition.


Preparation for a Local Law 11 Investigation

  • Review the previous Cycle 7 report to ensure that all conditions have been corrected.  The A/E will need a copy of the report to verify that repairs have been completed.
  • Perform the obligated repairs within the time frame, if not already done so.
  • Perform any building maintenance/inspections prior to the Local Law 11 Inspection.  All reports should be provided to the A/E.
  • Perform a quick survey of the building’s wall air conditioners to ensure that they have exterior brackets and an internal structure that connects unit to wall
  • Selecting an experienced A/E to perform the investigation and preparing the report