LOCAL LAW 11
Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP)
Like many laws and regulations, Local Laws 10 and 11 were prompted by tragedy. Local Law 10 was passed and signed into law in 1980 by then-Mayor Ed Koch after a Barnard College student was killed by a piece of terra cotta that fell from a building.
Under Local Law 11 (1998), inspections must be performed every five years on buildings six stories or more by a licensed engineer or architect and certified as safe. The law mandates the inspection of all facades, not just those facing the street; requires scaffolding with each inspection; a report on any deterioration, and a timetable for repairs. Buildings are then classified as "Safe", "Unsafe", or Safe with a Repair and Maintenance Program (SWARMP).