The No-Penalty Deck and Porch Inspection Program has ended for this year.

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. A deck or porch is an un-enclosed, un-roofed, relatively level paved or planted area adjoining a building. It is supported by structural framing above the surrounding ground at the level of the first story of a house. Balconies and terraces, which are above the ground level, are not included.

Every homeowner is required by law to maintain their decks and their properties in a safe condition at all times. By law, property owners must address the safety and maintenance of decks and porches on their properties.