Submittal Requirements

There are two different types of submittals to the Retaining Wall Unit. The first, is for removing a DOB Retaining Wall Violation the property owner believes was received in error. The second type of submittal is the  TR16 Report filing.

Filing for Removal of a DOB Retaining Wall Violation

If a DOB Retaining Wall Violation was received and you believe it was issued in error, you will need to complete the RWIP11 form and submit it to the Department. Please ensure the form has been signed and you have included a copy of your property survey, with several photographs depicting the location and height of the retaining wall. There is no fee for submitting the RWIP 11 form and associated documents. Email the completed form and documentation to

TR16 Retaining Wall Filings

TR16 retaining wall filings are required for retaining walls that meet the requirements of RCNY §103-09. The TR16 filing consists of the signed and sealed TR16 form, with a detailed structural assessment report. A partial list of what should be included in the retaining wall structural assessment report is identified in 1RCNY §103-09 (c) items 1 to 4.

In accordance with 1RCNY §103-09 (c)(3)(v) at least one cross section of the retaining wall needs to be included with your TR16 filing. Detailed structural engineering calculations must be included with the retaining wall structural assessment report as part of the filing. TR16 reports must be submitted to the Department as pdf files via email at DVD, CD, flash drive and paper reports will not be accepted.

Retaining Wall Assessment Report

Retaining Wall Assessment Report submission must comply with the following:

The TR16 reports must follow specific naming conventions as detailed in the following examples. The file name should consist of the property address, followed by the Building Identification Number (BIN), separated by a hyphen (-).


  • In the address 280 Broadway-1079215 the digits after the hyphen are the BIN.
  • Amended Inspection Reports should include a -2 at the end, i.e. 280 Broadway-1079215 -2
  • Subsequent inspection reports should include a -S at the end, i.e. 280 Broadway-1079215 -S
    NOTE: No other characters must be included in the file name.The file must be named exactly as shown above.

Include PDF copies of the following items:

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