NYC Local Law 11 of 1998, previously known as Local Law 10 of 1980 is a law requiring the inspection of the facades of the buildings six stories and higher, including the basement but not the cellar. It calls for engaging a licensed architect or engineer, known for this purpose as QEWI (QUALIFIED EXTERIOR WALL INSPECTOR) to perform a critical examination of the exterior of a building and all parts thereof to determine whether the exterior facades and the appurtenances thereto are either safe, unsafe, or SAFE WITH A REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM (SWARMP) and whether, in the judgment of QEWI, they require remedial work. New York City Department of Buildings requires filing of Local Law -11/98 inspection reports on a periodic basis. The submission timeline is divided in to five year cycles. It is important for a building owner to have the exterior façade and necessary appurtenances of their building inspected by a QEWI on a timely basis and file a report of building facade condition within the defined window of time for a particular cycle.
Hirani Engineering and Land Surveying P.C. (Hirani) has inspected numerous buildings and has filed Local Law -11/98 inspection reports with NYC Department of Buildings for several building owners for the past decade. Hirani employs a staff of very well trained and highly experienced façade inspectors, structural engineers and condition evaluators to provide quality service to its clients.
Building Condition Survey
Hirani has worked on various facilities and buildings within New York City and surrounding areas conducting building condition surveys. Our condition survey consists of documentation of the condition of the entire site, and architectural and structural building components visible to the naked eye. Further we identify visible distresses captured during the survey and prepare a report for the facility owner providing necessary recommendations and comments on general facility condition.