Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP)

What is FISP?:


FISP, previously named Local Law 11/98, stands for Facade Inspection Safety Program.

It requires all buildings over 6 stories tall to undergo a periodic inspection where a licensed professional engineer or registered architect looks at ALL exterior walls and appurtenances (appurtenances include, but are not limited to, exterior fixtures, flagpoles, signs, parapets, railings, copings, guard rails, window frames [including hardware and lights], balcony enclosures, window guards, window air conditioners, flower boxes and any equipment attached to or protruding from the façade.)

Knowing your Cycle Number:

Your building’s filing window is based on the last digit of the building’s block number and is broken out into three sub-cycles:


Cycle 8

Last Digit of Block Number Filing Window Start Date Filing Window End Date Sub-Cycle
4, 5, 6 and 9 2/21/15 2/21/17 A
0, 7 and 8 2/21/16 2/21/18 B
1, 2 and 3 2/21/17 2/21/19 C



Cycle 9

Last Digit of Block Number Filing Window Start Date Filing Window End Date Sub-Cycle
4, 5, 6 and 9 2/21/20 2/21/22 A
0, 7 and 8 2/21/21 2/21/23 B
1, 2 and 3 2/21/22 2/21/24 C


Understanding the labels:

Safe: Structures don’t require any façade work during this cycle

Un-Safe: Building owners who receive an unsafe report are provided an initial period of thirty days to make repairs recommended by the professional. If repairs cannot be performed due to the need to develop repair documents, obtain competitive proposals and/or file and obtain any required permits, extensions of time may be granted by the NYC DOB.

SWARMP (Safe With A Repair and Maintenance Program): conditions have the potential to become unsafe, but don’t need immediate action. These repairs should be performed in the time frame recommended in the FISP report, with the understanding that the sooner they are fixed, the better, both from a private cost and public safety perspective.


Hiring the right team:

It is imperative that your building inspection be performed under the direction of the Qualified Exterior Wall Inspectors (QEWI), not just practitioners. Vidaris can both administer the FISP inspection AND help provide long-term solutions – if your building is marked as “SWARMP” or “Unsafe”, it could mean an even larger underlying issue that could be very costly. As an experienced building envelope consultancy, among other areas (sustainability, energy efficiency, code advisory and construction advisory), we are able to provide a proposed scope of work that can help budget for those potential issues.

Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) Projects