2011-07-20 / Features

Sign Up For Free Deck & Porch Inspections

Queens homeowners who question the condition of the deck or porch on their home are urged to take advantage of a free inspection program offered by the city Department of Buildings (DOB).

The DOB No Penalty Deck and Porch Inspection Program is designed to aid homeowners who are unsure that their deck or porch is safe, an agency spokesperson said.

Homeowners are urged to take advantage of the free inspections by calling 311 to arrange for an appointment before the program ends on August 1.

Under the program, homeowners face no risk of violation for the first DOB visit. Inspectors will not issue violations for needed repairs or unsafe conditions that do not present imminent danger uncovered by the first inspection. Instead, property owners will be given sufficient time to make corrections before they are issued a violation.

For more information or to schedule an inspection, call 212-566-5000 or, visit www.nyc.gov/buildings.–Liz Goff

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