New York City’s Department of Buildings (DOB) has introduced Local Law 126 to ensure the safety of parking structures, similar to the City’s Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP).
Active since January 1 of 2022, the ordinance (Administrative Code Article 323, Periodic Inspection of Parking Structures) requires garage owners to have their parking garage inspected by an NYC DOB Qualified Parking Structure Inspector (QPSI), file a report based on the findings, and repair any hazardous conditions.
Owners in New York City are obligated to meet the following location-based filing schedule.
1st Inspection Cycle
|Manhattan Community Districts 1-7||December 31, 2023|
|Manhattan Community Districts 8-12 & Brooklyn||December 31, 2025|
|Bronx, Queens, & Staten Island||December 31, 2027|
Fees & Penalties
|Initial Report – by deadline||$305|
|Initial Report – late||$1000/month|
|Amended or subsequent Reports||$85|
|Failure to File Initial Report||$5,000 annually|
|Failure to Repair Unsafe Conditions||$1,000/month|
|Failure to Repair SREM Conditions||$2,000 (one-time fee)|
Prevent Garage Failure & Save Money
There’s still time to submit a report! Our New York office has two QPSIs on staff, including the first ever QPSI in NYC, who are ready to help you maintain your parking structure.
With over 40 years of combined experience, Ibrahim and Colin possess a deep understanding of the parking structure lifecycle, the maintenance necessary for long-term durability, and what costly mistakes to avoid. They are supported by a dedicated team of restoration experts and backed by over 300 professionals across 25+ offices.
Walker’s nationwide condition assessments, asset management plans, and repair designs have been helping government, private, and institutional clients extend the lifespan of their facilities for over 55 years.
We’ll Guide You Through the Ordinance
Maintain Occupancy Permits & Expand the Lifespan of Your Property
Condition Assessment Report
Walker’s professional staff will assess the current condition of your garage, conduct appropriate testing, identify potentially hazardous conditions, and determine the extent and cause of deterioration, if any. Our team of experts then composes the condition assessment report and files it with the NYC DOB. Finally, the team assigned to each project works closely with clients to arrive at an implementable course of action.
Annual Observation Checklist
Proper and timely actions can minimize premature failure of building components. Walker will prepare an observation checklist that owners or their agents must record annually to comply with the ordinance. We have significant experience in the assessment of deterioration in new and existing parking structures, and our staff will prepare a customized observation checklists specific to your facility.
Repair Design & Construction
If unsafe conditions are discovered during an inspection, Walker can prepare repair designs for the parking structure. Our breadth and depth of knowledge results in practical solutions that are less disruptive and are a substantially smaller investment in time and money.
Asset Management Plans
Over time, parking structures show signs of need that manifest in several ways such as a weakening waterproofing membrane, cracking and spalling concrete, steel corrosion, and elemental deterioration, to name a few. Our goal is to prevent this.
Walker’s five- and ten-year asset management plans are tailored to meet the needs of facility managers, developers, and owners, including institutional clients with multiple buildings or parking structures.
Our strategies provide owners with effective planning and budget management tools to maximize available funds for maintenance and repair. The plan includes a baseline evaluation of the existing condition, subsequent periodic repair and restoration, recommendations, opinion of probable cost, and an update of maintenance components based on remaining service life.