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Local Law 11 Compliance
DPC New York has a long and exemplary track record of working with building owners, managers, architects and engineers to bring their building(s) into compliance with Local Law 11 and then keep them in compliance. We have more than 25 years of experience working on building facades, balconies, appurtenances including cornices, parapet walls, bricks, lintels, copings, and even improperly installed air conditioners. We also have the experienced personnel, scaffolding equipment and licenses as well as the know-how to bring or keep your building in compliance in the fastest and most cost-effective manner possible without sacrificing quality.
Local Law 11 requires facades of the building over 6 stories above a basement be inspected from sidewalk to roof every five years. The Law was created to reduce accidents involving faulty building construction as well as general wear and tear that could create in an unsafe structure. It requires more intense inspection than the law it amended, Local Law 10. Under Local Law 10, an inspection could be completed by eyesight, which legislators and construction professionals came to believe was inadequate. Today, according to Local Law 11, physical inspections must be completed, using scaffolding for closer inspection. Currently this law is in effect for buildings that rise six or more stories above a basement.
Inspection cycles for Local Law 11 are every five years. The first cycle began at the Law’s inception in 1998. Today, using more advanced technology, The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) tracks compliance issues under its jurisdiction with sophisticated software designed for the task. It allows the DOB to track all buildings with regard to meeting the building code. If a building is in need of repairs or infrastructure upgrades DOB can address them very quickly and set specific deadlines to have repairs completed.
Perhaps the greatest change the law made was requiring the participation of the building’s architect and engineer. Previously, the architect who designed a building and the engineers who managed it would receive notices in regards to building inspections. At that point, the architects and engineers would only be required to approve, comment or assist in the handling of paperwork needed to make changes.
Today, Local Law 11 requires the responsible parties, including the building’s architect and engineer, to join with the Department of Buildings on site, during its inspection. As a result of the new requirement vast improvements in understanding structural safety have been made. Previously, when a building was determined to be unsafe the reasons stated might be carried over year-to-year with little or no improvement, even when they continued to fail to meet code requirements. Under Local Law 11 that is no longer the case. The conditions observed can be labeled as safe, unsafe or needing repairs to be safe. What’s truly important about this change is that if the same conditions persist, they are immediately labeled as unsafe, even if they aren’t life threatening.
The cautious approach codified in Local Law 11 produces a clearer and sharper definition of what’s considered safe while requiring building managers, architects and engineers to step up design to keep us safer. There have also been improvements made to the actual process of overseeing these changes. In addition, the Law requires that any building over 14 levels must have a certified site safety manager in New York City.
In the event that an unsafe building condition is discovered, the Department of Buildings takes the initiative and sends one of its own inspectors to the site. Regardless of the current progress on repairs, improvements or additions, the inspector is encouraged to issue several violations of code. These violations often result in significant fines, court appearances, and other penalties while serving as motivation for the building owner to seek the required improvements quickly. As a result, Local Law 11 vastly improves the integrity and safety of buildings across New York. City.
At DPC New York, we understand the need for Local Law 11 and have developed core competencies in complying with it. With our 25-plus years of experience, the know-how we have developed, the equipment we own and the licenses we have, we are the best solutions for your Local Law 11 compliances issues. Want to learn more about DPC New York and how we can help you with Local Law 11 contact us today.