The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) No-Penalty Deck and Porch Inspection Program for this year has ended.
The program only includes inspections for decks and porches. A deck or porch is an unenclosed, unroofed, 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.
By law, property owners must address the safety and maintenance of decks and porches on their properties, and ensure that their properties are in a safe condition at all times.