The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) No Penalty Deck and Porch Inspection Program began on June 20, 2024 and runs through July 31, 2024.

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.

What You Need

You must provide contact information so DOB can contact you to schedule an inspection.

What Happens Next

The Department of Buildings will respond within 40 days as long as you submitted your request before the July 31 deadline.

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