Amendment of Façade Rules
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE
The following rule amendments are proposed pursuant to the authority of the Commissioner of Buildings under Sections 643 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and Article 302 of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code. Article 302 requires inspection, maintenance, repair and reporting of the conditions of exterior walls(fayades).
With these proposed amendments to the rule regarding the periodic inspection offacades of buildings 7 stories or higher, the Department is addressing some administrative issues that are not covered in the current requirements . The proposed amendments would do the following :
· Delete the prohibition on designating the condition of an air conditioner as Safewith a Repair and Maintenance Program (SWARMP) . These automatic "unsafe"designations were being applied to the entire building even where the only issue was a minor air conditioner defect. This deletion will allow air conditioner conditions to be designated as SWARMP and repaired in the next cycle.
· Add a requirement that the Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI) must inspect the structural soundness and connections of the balcony enclosures even if a report for cycle seven, which runs from February 21, 2010 to February 20, 2015, has been filed for the building. A recent balcony accident highlighted that many balcony railings are uninspected and may be unsafe. With this rule, the Department specifically requires all owners to periodically check the adequacy and structural integrity of all of their balcony railings.
· Clarify that if the QEWI does not file a report within 60 days of a criticalexamination, a new examination is required. This will ensure the information onthe report is recent and accurate.
· Allow the Department to charge a new, separate filing fee that owners must pay to the Department's Facade Unit. If the Department has rejected a fayade inspection report twice previously, the Department will review it completely upon the third resubmission. The fee covers the administrative cost of that third review of the report.
· Fix some minor citation issues.