The Department of Buildings (DOB) performed detailed assessments of homes tagged with red and yellow placards. For homes that sustained irreparable damage, a partial or full demolition may have been issued.
A red placard does not mean a building must be demolished. Some buildings with structural damage can be repaired. Homeowners can hire and consult licensed professionals who can design repair plans.
A building will be subject to demolition if it is structurally unsound and poses an imminent danger to the public. Examples are:
• an unstable building structure which may collapse
• a building that has shifted off its foundation
DOB attempted to contact each homeowner of a property tagged with a red placard to schedule a meeting to discuss the process before any structure is demolished. If you did not have a meeting and wish to do so or have questions about the assessment, please call DOB at the phone number listed on the red placard sticker or at 212-393-2550.