Owners of properties with a retaining wall that faces a public right-of-way and has any portion of the wall extending ten feet or higher must have their retaining wall inspected every five years by a Qualified Retaining Wall Inspector (QRWI) and a condition assessment report of the inspection submitted by the QRWI within 60 days of completing the inspection.
The current inspection cycle (Cycle 1) runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2018.
Cycles are staggered into five (5) sub-cycles. For retaining walls in the:
|Bronx||January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014|
|Manhattan||January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015|
|Staten Island||January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016|
|Queens||January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017|
|Brooklyn||January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018|
Identify if your wall must be inspected – If you have an entire retaining wall or part of a retaining wall on your property and it is ten feet or higher at any point on your property and faces a public right-of-way, you must have the wall inspected by a QRWI, and an assessment report submitted by the QRWI. Owners that share a retaining wall with one or more neighbors may hire one QRWI to inspect the wall.
QRWI conducts inspection – The QRWI conducts the inspection and determines rating of wall.
QRWI submits condition assessment report and filing fees – Within 60 days after completing the assessment the QRWI must submit a report to the Department that meets, at a minimum, the criteria spelled out in RCNY §103-09. Filing fees are also payable for each property owner for whom the report is being submitted (a wall with multiple owners may have one report submitted for all of the owners, but filing fees must be paid by each individual owner).
If a QRWI determines a retaining wall to be Safe with Repair and/ or Engineering Monitoring the QRWI must indicate a time frame within which the recommended repairs should be completed.
The owner of the retaining wall is responsible for ensuring that the wall is repaired and restored to a safe condition, and that all actions recommended by the QRWI are completed in the time frame recommended by the QRWI.
The owner must notify the Department of any deviation from the recommended time frame and must submit an application to request time or a time extension after the expiration of a previous request using the forms(s) Initial Extension of Time Request (RWIP1) or the Additional Extension of Time Request (RWIP2). See RCNY §103-09(e) for more detailed information.
Retaining wall inspection reports must be saved as PDF files onto a DVD, CD, or flash drive; paper reports will not be accepted. Submitted DVD/ CDs or flash drives must:
If you think you have received the Notice of Violation in error, please fill out the attached form and email it to LRetainingWalls@buildings.nyc.gov with all supporting documentation.