NEW YEAR, NEW COMPLIANCE: Part 1: Periodic Parking Structure Inspections
“New Year, New You!”
It’s a mantra repeated by people on countless December 31st’s. New York City is also making like a recently divorced single and instituting some resolutions of its own for 2022!. There are a number of significant building compliance changes as we enter 2022 that will impact building governance in the New Year and beyond.
As your compliance experts, Prise is breaking down the Top 5 compliance changes of 2022. This is an article about the big changes coming in 2022 and a little cheat sheet on how to ensure you comply.
Without further ado let’s get started with our first topic; Periodic Parking Structure Inspections.
1. PERIODIC PARKING STRUCTURE INSPECTIONS
Get ready to hear the word periodic repeated a few times on this list. Getting started we should talk about Local Law 126 of 2021 which requires buildings with indoor parking structures to conduct periodic (that word again) inspections once every six (6) years.
WHO HAS TO FILE?
Buildings with or portions of a building used for parking or storing vehicles including spaces inside or under a building, open parking garages, and enclosed parking garages.
HOW TO COMPLY?
Owners, property managers, developers, landlords, etc. must hire a New York State licensed and registered professional engineer to inspect the parking structure. This inspector will be required to thoroughly examine the parking structure and file a report by the deadline required.*
*Note: As of January 6, 2022, the NYC Department of Buildings still has not provided report guidelines or where these reports will be filed.
The following structures are not required to comply:
• Autobody and automotive repair shops, automotive showrooms, and automotive service stations
• Garages with occupancy of fewer than three cars
• Unenclosed, unattached outdoor parking lots
• Private garages serving one-and two-family homes
• The Batcave (we assume that’s considered a private garage but could not verify with the DOB).
The first cycle opens on January 1st, 2022, and ends on December 31st, 2023. Buildings located in Manhattan Community Districts 1 – 7 are required to file in this cycle.
Additional Cycle due dates have not been provided yet but will similarly be determined by a building’s community district.
FIND YOUR COMMUNITY DISTRICT HERE!
Our advice is simple. Start planning now. You can do so by following some of the simple steps outlined below:
1. Check what Community District your building is located in.
If you are a property manager of a Condo or CO-OP, add this item to your building’s January board meeting agenda.
If you are an owner or landlord, make sure you assess how much money you have allocated in your budget for this expense.
2. Contact at least three trusted engineers and get a proposal for the inspection and filing.
3. Make sure you level each proposal out.
Some engineers may recommend a pre-inspection, make sure those are covered in the price and not an additional add-on.
4. Do not procrastinate!
Waiting until the end of 2023 to get this process started is a bad idea. Engineers will be busier this time of year and they may not have the manpower to complete the inspection and report in a timely manner.
Many engineers increase their pricing dramatically the closer you are to the deadline.
Prise is the proactive building compliance specialist. Our team has managed the compliance portfolios for some of the largest luxury management firms in New York City.
To find out more information on Local Law 126 or any other municipal code changes, do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-747-9291, or visit our local law hub online!
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