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For Immediate Release
June 21, 2012


New Yorkers Can Request a Free Inspection of Their Decks & Porches by Calling 311

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today announced the start of the Department’s third annual No-Penalty Deck and Porch Inspection Program, a citywide initiative that allows New Yorkers to request a free inspection of their decks and porches without the threat of a violation. Used frequently during the summer months, these structures are exposed to seasonal weather conditions, causing them to weaken and deteriorate over time if not properly maintained.

Under the program, New Yorkers can receive a free inspection of their deck or porch, and if repairs are needed, the Department will defer issuing violations to allow homeowners the appropriate time to correct the conditions. If dangerous conditions are found, the Department will take immediate action to ensure the conditions are fixed as soon as possible. Inspections can be requested today, June 21 through August 1, by calling 311. 

“Decks and porches are a wonderful way to enjoy the warm weather, but failing to properly maintain these structures can lead to a tragic accident,” said Commissioner LiMandri. “Homeowners have a responsibility to make sure their decks and porches are safe to use, and we want to help all New Yorkers stay safe throughout the summer. This program provides residents with a free resource to ensure their decks and porches are sound before it’s too late.” 

Under the program, inspectors examine the structural conditions of decks and porches, looking for any evidence of cracks, rotting, failed connections or other warning signs that can lead to a potential structural failure. By law, property owners are required to maintain their buildings, including decks and porches, in a safe and lawful manner at all times. 

To learn more about the No-Penalty Deck and Porch Inspection Program and property maintenance, please visit the Department’s website at 

Contact:    Tony Sclafani/Ryan FitzGibbon                              (212) 566-3473
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