The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) No-Penalty Deck and Porch Inspection Program for this year has ended.

The program allows private property owners in all five boroughs to request visual safety inspections of their decks and porches without the threat of receiving violations for the duration of the program. The inspection is free of charge.

The program only includes inspections for decks and porches. Decks and porches are raised floors that are level with or below the first story of a house, supported by a structural frame and without a roof. Balconies and terraces, which are above the ground level, are not included.

By law, property owners must address the safety and maintenance of decks and porches on their properties.

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