Mayor Bloomberg Signs Garodnick's Facade Inspection Bill
Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill authored by Council Member Dan Garodnick that would streamline the process for mandatory building facade inspections. Intro 550-A staggers the five-year cycles for building façade inspections, relieving the owners of some 12,000 buildings Citywide from having to compete for a limited number of architects and scaffolds, and from having to pay a premium for the high-demand services.
In praise of Garodnick’s legislation, Mayor Bloomberg said, “Intro 550-A will ease the burden on both owners and the Department of Buildings. It will enhance enforcement by allowing the Department of Buildings to avoid the surge in filings that occurs every five years, and to spread out the review of filings and inspections of buildings more evenly over each cycle.”