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Keeping New Yorkers Safe: A Guide to Understanding 1 RCNY 103-15

Updated: Nov 24, 2023


As a company dedicated to safety and compliance, we understand the importance of staying up-to-date on the latest regulations, particularly those that impact the well-being of our community. In this post, we'll delve into 1 RCNY 103-15, a recently enacted law that mandates annual inspections of building parapets in New York City.


What is 1 RCNY 103-15?


1 RCNY 103-15 is a new regulation that requires building owners in New York City to have their parapets inspected annually by a qualified professional. Parapets are the walls that extend above the roofline of a building, and they play a crucial role in preventing falls and protecting pedestrians from falling debris.


Why is this regulation important?


Parapets are exposed to the elements and can deteriorate over time, becoming a potential safety hazard. Regular inspections can help identify and address these issues before they lead to accidents.


What are the requirements of 1 RCNY 103-15?


The regulation requires that annual parapet inspections be performed by a qualified professional, such as a licensed engineer or architect. The inspection must include a close-up examination of the entire parapet, including the walls, coping stones, and any appurtenances.


What happens if a hazardous condition is found?


If the inspection reveals a hazardous condition, the owner must immediately notify the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) and take steps to correct the problem within 90 days. In the meantime, the owner must install public protection measures, such as sidewalk sheds or fences, to safeguard the public.


How can I comply with 1 RCNY 103-15?


To ensure compliance with 1 RCNY 103-15, building owners should:

  • Schedule an annual parapet inspection with a qualified professional.

  • Keep a record of the inspection report for at least five years.

  • Notify the DOB immediately if any hazardous conditions are found.

  • Take prompt action to correct any hazardous conditions.


We're Here to Help


At Parapets NYC, we are committed to helping building owners comply with 1 RCNY 103-15 and maintain safe and secure properties for their tenants and the public. We offer a comprehensive range of parapet inspection and repair services, and our team of experienced professionals can guide you through the entire process.


Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you comply with 1 RCNY 103-15 and keep your building safe.

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