Beginning on January 1, 2024, every building owner must have an observation of the parapet on their building(s) performed in accordance with the requirements of Section 28-301.1.1 of the New York City Administrative Code. This requirement applies to all buildings with parapets fronting the public right-of-way, regardless of height. EXCEPT: Detached 1- or 2- family homes or buildings with a fence or other barrier preventing access to the exterior wall.
The observation must include close-up inspections of the entire parapet which could be conducted from a fire escape or roof. See 1 RCNY §103-15 for more information on observation and report requirements.
Owners must maintain the observation reports for at least six (6) years and must make such reports available to the Department upon request.
Observations must be performed annually by a person competent to inspect parapets, including, but is not limited to a bricklayer, building superintendent, handyman, mason or a person in a similar construction-related trade, architect, engineer, an inspector working for a New York State-authorized insurance company, a New York State-authorized building inspector, or any other individual capable of identifying hazards on the parapet.
The observation must include, but not be limited to:
The person performing the observation must immediately notify the Department of Buildings by calling 311 and emailing email@example.com.
The owner must immediately install public protection, such as erecting a sidewalk shed, removing the unsafe condition, closing off the area with a fence, and/or installing safety netting, as may be required to secure the safety of the public, and have the unsafe condition remedied.
All unsafe conditions must be corrected within ninety (90) days from the notification to the Department. The public protection must remain in place until the unsafe condition is remedied.
The report must include, but not limited to, the following information: