An essential piece of city life, garages can be one of the most vulnerable pieces of infrastructure on your property. Water intrusion coupled with road salt from cars can contribute to observable deterioration occurring within garage’s concrete at a faster rate compared to other areas along the property. Left untreated, this can lead to corrosion of the support rebar and foundation of the structure, potentially compromising the integrity of the entire property.
Passed in 2021 and in effect as of January of 2022, the New York City Department of Buildings has rolled out Local Law 126, calling for a routine garage inspection program, similar to that of the Local Law 11/FISP currently in place for building facades. Several incidents have prompted the creation of this program, such as neglect of a garage caused the foundation of a Florida building to become unsafe and collapse, as well as other garage collapses such as the one in Johnson City, New York in 2015. Now, an inspection is required on parking garages once every 6 years, followed by the implementation of any repairs to ensure the garage and its structural components are maintained in a safe condition.
AMR is prepared for Local Law 126 with experienced personnel and years of experience on similar repair projects. Along with physical surveys and inspections of the parking structures and surrounding areas, AMR is fully equipped to specify repairs if required, generate drawings and bid packages, coordinate the bid process with contractors, and provide the necessary construction monitoring services to ensure repairs are completed properly, on time, and on budget.
If you have a parking garage on your property, please contact us to schedule a meeting and preliminary review of your property and begin the LL126 process. As with the FISP deadlines for filing a report with the city will be enforced and are also being refined as the program gets underway. To the right is a brief review of the program and current areas where it has gone into effect:
Local Law 126 (LL126) requires that garages be inspected every 6 years by a Qualified Parking Structures Inspector. LL126 dictates that upon inspection, property owners must begin repair of unsafe conditions within 90 days of filing their report.
What Properties Are Not Affected?
- 1-2 family homes with attached garages
- Townhouse units with exclusive parking garages
- Single-story parking garages on the ground level purely for parking (such as a parking lot)
When Does My Property Need To Be Inspected/Filed By?
As of January 2022, Local Law 126 has gone into effect to cover Manhattan Districts 1-7 for its inaugural cycle, with all other districts/boroughs to begin their cycle soon.
What Are The Next Steps?
To learn more about Local Law 126, and how AMR can help keep your garage in compliance, please contact us today to schedule a call or site visit.
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