NEW Parking Garage Requirements Coming Sooner Than Expected

New York State Garage Owners are now required to obtain operating permits and perform periodic condition assessments. Here’s what you need to know:

As of August 2018, NY State established a rule requiring owners of new and existing garages (covering private, municipal, and state-owned facilities), to obtain an operating permit and perform periodic inspectionswith the first inspection due October 1, 2019, and reassessments every three years.

New Parking Garages: Once your garage construction is completed, it must go through an initial condition assessment to receive a certification of compliance. 

Existing Garages: Must complete and submit an initial condition assessment depending on the original date of construction.

Original Construction Date:Complete Assessment By:
Prior to 1/1/198410/1/2019
1/1/1984 – 12/31/200210/1/2020
1/1/2003 – 8/29/201810/1/2021

The assessment must be performed by an authorized engineer with at least three years of experience in structural evaluation. Once performed, the engineer submits the inspection results (stay tuned to find out where to submit the results), providing specific details on the state of the parking garage – indicating whether or not the garage has hazardous conditions.

What about NYC garage owners? Are there different requirements?

Yes, there are! NYC garage owners are liable for the basic state requirements – an initial condition assessment performed by a qualified engineer, obtaining an operating permit, periodic reassessments, and filing the results. However, the state has allowed local governments to adjust the rule based on their needs, and the city is in the process of customizing it with even stricter requirements. Here’s what’s been discussed so far:

  • According to an article from Habitat Magazine, unlike the rest of NY State, NYC doesn’t have to comply with the October 1, 2019 due date. Instead, there will be a later due date. Stay tuned for updates here. 
  • The city will provide a list of engineers who have been evaluated and approved by the DOB to perform this specific assessment. Your NYC parking garage must be inspected by an engineer approved by the DOB. 
  • Also from Habitat, assessment reports might have to be filed every six years, with inspections performed annually using an Annual Observation Checklist provided to you by your DOB approved engineer. The annual inspection doesn’t always need to be performed by an engineer – it can be done by someone on your team. No word yet on what qualifies someone to perform this responsibility, so stay tuned for any specifics here. Any considerable deterioration identified during any of your annual inspections must be reported immediately to the DOB, and of course, it must be repaired.

Failure to obtain your operating permit for either a new or an old garage – in both NYS and NYC – can result in your parking garage operating permit suspension.

How to prepare for this new requirement?

First, you need to start by researching authorized engineers who can conduct your initial assessment. Don’t leave it until the last minute – as the date gets closer, engineer availability may become scarce.

After you’ve located your engineer, the next step is to implement a plan that lets your team easily manage when inspections must be performed, and where documents must be stored or submitted. 

InCheck users can automatically assign Inspections that meet city & state guidelines, and log results onsite. 

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