New York

Facade Ordinances

Ordinance Administration

The New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB) administers the facade ordinance for the City of New York. The department's Local Law Enforcement
Unit is located at 280 Broadway, New York, New York. For further information or clarifications on the facade ordinance, contact the department at 212.566.5358.

The city’s facade ordinance, officially the Facade Inspection Safety Program
(FISP, previously referred to as Local Law 11), is provided in Section 28-302 of the Building Code of the City of New York. Regulations given in the Rules of the City of New York (1 RCNY 103-04) (PDF) relate to the periodic inspection of exterior walls and appurtenances of buildings in New York City.

The NYC DOB has made a Facade Safety Report available online that summarizes the facade safety status of New York City buildings falling under the facade ordinance inspection program. The site includes interactive graphics tracking facade inspection reports for the public to access.

Buildings Requiring Inspection

All buildings at or greater than six (6) stories with a basement, and includes all walls except those within twelve (12) inches of adjacent walls. A basement qualifies as a story, but a cellar does not. Inspection is required at least once every five years. The schedule of the inspection is dependent upon the block number where the building resides.


The submission of all FISP technical reports must be accompanied by the DOB’s TR-6 “Technical Report: Periodic Inspection of Exterior Walls & Appurtenances” (PDF). The report must be sealed by a registered architect or professional engineer and must be submitted as a PDF on CD-ROM or DVD.


The information provided in is general in nature and should not be relied upon as fact. Persons requiring specific information on facade ordinances should contact local authorities or e-mail