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Navigating NYC's new parapet inspection rule

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October 10, 2023
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Navigating NYC's new parapet inspection rule

As the New Year ushers in new beginnings, New York City welcomes a fresh building regulation—the “Parapet Inspection Rule,” effective from January 1, 2024. Building owners, those elevated walls known as parapets, that stand proud above your roofline are now due for an annual review. Join us in demystifying this regulation and its implications for our communities.

The rule in detail:

Starting 2024, guided by the city's rulebook (Section 28-301.1.1 for the detail-minded), building parapets will need a yearly once-over. Post-inspection, they’ll be either labeled Safe or Unsafe.

Parapets 101:

A parapet, in architectural terms, is the continuation of a wall beyond the roof's edge. While they give buildings their distinct character, they also play a crucial protective role. But like any structure, they require care to ensure they remain a protective feature and not a hazard.

Safety first:

NYC, with its ever-watchful eye, prioritizes the well-being of its citizens. The spirit behind the parapet rule is clear: ensuring that every city stroll or sidewalk moment remains free from potential dangers looming overhead.

On reporting:

Building boards, a heads-up: Each parapet inspection needs precise documentation, to be safely archived for a span of six years. This paperwork should spell out all specifics: the building's coordinates, the credentials of the eagle-eyed inspector, and the overall health check of the parapet.

Managing the “unsafe” tag:

Parapets marked 'Unsafe' trigger immediate action. An upfront notification to the Department of Buildings is essential, followed by swift protective measures—think sidewalk sheds or safety nettings. And, remedial steps need wrapping up within a tight 90-day window.

In closing:

With NYC's ever-evolving set of building laws and regulations, having a trusted property manager to ensure seamless compliance is invaluable. Daisy is dedicated to making, and keeping buildings healthy through predictive maintenance and strategic planning. Boards can have peace of mind, knowing that their building is safe, compliant, and healthy.

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