New cycle begun January 1st for Manhattan Districts 1-7
At the beginning of the new year, Local Law 126 of 2021 (Intro No. 2261-A) went into effect requiring owners of parking structures in New York City to hire a NY State licensed and registered professional engineer to inspect their structures, at least once every six years, and file a report with the Department of Buildings documenting the results of the inspection.
The first inspection cycle was expected to start January 1st, 2022, and end December 31, 2023. Owners of parking structures located within Community Districts 1 through 7 in Manhattan will be required to have parking structures inspected and file the required report with DOB. The filing dates for other districts, inspection cycles, report filing fees, and civil penalties related to the new inspection requirements will be set out in DOB’s rules.
According to NYC Open Data published on toomanycars.nyc, there are 5,403 active DCA Licenses for Licensed Garage/Lot throughout the five boroughs. PHOTO: ADOBE STOCK
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.
The following structures will not be required to comply with the new inspection requirements:
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.
DOB's Parking Structures Service Notice can be found here.
“Parking structures can exhibit degraded conditions due to wear and tear. The foundation walls and concrete floor slabs can indicate spalling and de-laminations, causing puddled water to penetrate through the cracks of the floor. When these structural integrity issues occur, below-grade water intrusion must be rectified prior to making the necessary repairs. Now is the time for building and parking garage management to address any potential issues,” says George Doukas, president of CGI Northeast, Inc., a company that offers “a proven solution to below-grade (or negative side) waterproofing. CGI (Concrete Gel Injection) is an innovative injection method which has become the waterproofing method-of-choice for hundreds of both private and public buildings and garages throughout New York City." George Doukas, president, CGI Northeast, Inc.
“Since 2004, CGI has been a remedy having eliminated water infiltration in structures without costly and disruptive exterior excavations, a common practice with traditional waterproofing applications, and a nuisance for building owners and managers,” says Leonidas Tsampas, vice president. “Upon rectifying the below-grade water intrusion, our mechanics can perform structural concrete patching and/or form and pouring of new concrete replacement. CGI works together with structural steel outfits that can repair any corroded steel beams,” adds Tsampas. Leonidas Tsampas, vice president, CGI Northeast, Inc.