Local Law 11 mandates inspections for the facades of buildings 7 stories or higher every 5 years to ensure the safety of pedestrians below. Although fire escapes are included in this inspection, many building owners overlook them and then get slapped with violations for easily fixable problems. Don’t let that be you! More Info
Emergencies requiring quick exit from a building can quickly turn catastrophic when there are many people on the premises. As a result, the Department of Buildings holds buildings with a Place of Assembly permit to a high standard, and it’s easy to get written up. Here are the most common problems throughout the PACO permit application process, as identified by the DOB:
Vacate Orders are what they sound like–buildings they’re issued to must be completely vacated in the interest of public safety. More Info
Under Local Law 11, the exterior facades of buildings six stories and taller must be inspected every five years to ensure the building is in good repair. Buildings can be classified as “safe,” “unsafe,” or “safe with a repair and maintenance program.” More Info
The Environmental Control Board is a judicial court that hears violations issued by other city agencies and issues verdicts and, if appropriate, penalties. For instance, if the DOB issues a building a violation for an illegal basement, a judge at the ECB—not the DOB—will hear the case and determine, much like a criminal court, whether the charge is valid. Depending on the information presented, the ECB judge will either dismiss the violation, issue fines, or mandate corrective action be taken to address the issue at hand.
Although the “ECB Notice of Violation” sounds like the ECB is the one issuing the violation, it is not. It merely hears the case. The ECB does not issue violations or notices; other agencies do.
May 16, 1979. At just 17-years-old and already a rising sophomore at prestigious Barnard College, Grace Gold had a promising future ahead of her. Popular and pretty, it was only natural that she would attend neighboring Columbia University’s graduation ceremony to celebrate her friends’ successes. After a happy day of celebrations, she headed home to her apartment at 116th and Broadway. Just a block away on 115th Street, however, a crumbling exterior building façade loosened just as she happened to walk by. A chunk of the masonry finally gave in and fell, directly onto Grace. She was crushed to death. More Info
Potentially compromised buildings are buildings that meet any of the following criteria: More Info