Get your Local Law 126 Parking Garage Inspections and Energy Services done all in one place with our team of In-House Experts

Under Local Law 126, parking garage structures throughout NYC must undergo comprehensive inspections to assess their condition and compliance with safety standards. These inspections cover various aspects, including structural integrity, fire safety measures, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems.  While these inspections primarily focus on structural integrity and fire safety, it's crucial to recognize the significant intersection with energy services and efficiency requirements.

What you need to know:

Qualified Parking Structure Inspectors: Inspections must be conducted by qualified professionals with expertise in structural engineering, fire safety, and MEP systems. It's crucial for managers to hire reputable inspection firms or individuals with the necessary credentials to perform thorough evaluations. Parking structures must be examined by a Qualified Parking Structure Inspector (QPSI), and a report filed with the DOB.  Local law 126 comprises a section of the NYC Administrative Code (1 RCNY 103-13) and 1 RCNY 103-16 explained in a rule promulgated by the DOB.

Documentation and Reporting: Following inspections, detailed reports must be prepared documenting the findings, including any deficiencies or areas of concern. Managers should maintain accurate records of these reports and take prompt action to address identified issues.

Compliance and Enforcement: Non-compliance with Local Law 126 can result in fines, penalties, or legal action. Managers bear the responsibility of ensuring that their parking garage facilities meet all regulatory requirements and undergo timely inspections as mandated by the law.

Local Energy Laws and Compliance: New York City has enacted various energy laws aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions (Local Law 84, Local Law 87, Local Law 97) and promoting sustainability. Parking garages must comply with these laws, which may include requirements for energy audits, energy benchmarking, and implementation of energy-efficient technologies.

Cost Savings and Efficiency Gains: Energy-efficient practices not only contribute to environmental sustainability but also result in significant cost savings for parking garage operations. By optimizing lighting, HVAC systems, and other energy-consuming equipment, managers can reduce utility expenses and enhance overall operational efficiency.

Given the complex interplay between parking garage inspections and energy services, we strongly consider engaging our qualified experts at Falcon to handle the inspection process.

Our expertise will not only facilitate compliance with Local Law 126 but also unlock opportunities for cost savings, operational efficiency gains, and environmental stewardship.

Mike Ramaglia

Mike Ramaglia 

Division Manager of Parking Garages (NYC)

Ken Mahadeo, CFM, FMA, RPA, CEM, CBCP, CEA

Executive Vice President - MEP and Energy Management (NYC)