From May 15 through June 15, 2019, free inspections are available from the DOB for decks, porches, and retaining walls.
This initiative allows homeowners to know if these features are up to code or not, without the fear of being penalized if they are not. Simply call 311 to schedule an inspection.
Why Use This Program?
Taking advantage of these inspections will help you be more certain of the state your home exterior is in. Repairing issues that come about generally cheaper than keeping the home maintained. This also avoids medical bills from any injuries that come out of an accident.
Because the program is non-penalty, the department will not issue a violation if it finds that the deck or retaining wall is not up-to-code. This means that there is time to fix the issue before you are issued a violation with an attached fine.