DOB Inspection Requirements For NYC Parking Structures Released

After a few years of waiting, the DOB has finally released details on inspection requirements for NYC parking structures.

New York State previously revamped their requirements, leaving NYC owners and managers expecting a similar set of updates. Kicking off next year, owners of parking structures located in the City will have to hire a New York State professional engineer (licensed and registered) to inspect at least once every six (6) years and file a report with the DOB.

Per the department’s most recent Service Notice, the inspection must cover:

  • Buildings, or portions of a building, used for parking or storing motor vehicles, including space inside or under a building
  • Open parking garages and enclosed parking garages as defined in the NYC Building Code.
    • Specifically, laid out in section 406 – starting on page 473 of the above link

Who’s Required To Submit Now, And What’s Next

The first inspection cycle is set to last two years – from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023. This cycle will focus on a specific set of parking structures, located within Community Districts 1 – 7 in Manhattan. If you’re not sure of your property’s Community District, you can find it here or ask our team for help. Structures located in these Districts will have to have inspections and file the reports within that time. The DOB will announce additional rules outlining filing dates and cycles for other community districts – stay tuned for updates. 

Also to be included with the upcoming rules – report filing fees and civil penalties related to missed inspections and reports.

Who’s Not Required To Submit

Per the DOB, the following types of structures will not be required to comply with the above:

  • 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

While there’s still more details to come, new rules are finally in place – and kicking off soon for structures in key Manhattan districts. We’ll keep you posted on when the new rules are released and updated.

In the meantime, if you have properties in Manhattan CD 1- 7, it’s a good idea to reach out to a NYC professional engineer regarding an inspection. You can verify PE licenses with the State here through this link.

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Kristen Hariton

Kristen Hariton is the Vice President, Product Engagement at SiteCompli, focused on exploring new solutions and innovations in property operations tech. When she's not sharing the latest industry trends, changes, and updates, she's planning her next adventure to Walt Disney World.