For purposes of this article "potentially compromised" shall include a building or structure that has had an open roof for sixty days or longer, that has been shored and braced or otherwise temporarily safeguarded pursuant to an emergency declaration issued by the commissioner, that has been subject to a precept as a compromised structure under section 216.1.1 of this code or that may have suffered structural damage by fire or any other cause as determined by the commissioner.
When a building or structure has become potentially compromised, the owner shall cause a structural inspection of such building or structure to be performed. Such inspection shall be performed within 60 days of the opening of the roof, within 60 days of the shoring and bracing or other temporary safeguards pursuant to an emergency declaration, or within 60 days of damage by fire or a determination by the commissioner that the building has suffered structural damage by other cause. A report of such inspection shall be filed with the department within 30 days thereafter in such form and detail and with provision for periodic monitoring of the building or structure as the commissioner may require.
Structural inspections shall only be performed by a registered design professional in good standing with the New York state department of education.
If a violation of any applicable statute, law, rule or regulation or any unsafe condition that poses a threat to the structural integrity of the building or to the public is found during the course of such inspection, the registered design professional performing the inspection shall immediately notify the department and the owner of such violation or unsafe condition by calling 311 and in writing.
An inspection of the buildings and structures subject to the inspection and filing requirements of section 28-216.12 shall be performed every year or, for a specified building or structure, within such other period as determined by the commissioner but not longer than two years, and shall continue until such time as the registered design professional documents and certifies that the building or structure is no longer potentially compromised and such certification is accepted by the commissioner.
The owner shall hire a registered design professional to perform a structural inspection of buildings and structures subject to section 28-217.1 prior to the issuance of a permit to alter, repair, demolish or enlarge such building or structure, except that the commissioner may waive such inspection if a structural inspection of the entire building or structure has been performed within the prior year.
Any owner of a building or structure shall notify the department in writing that such building or structure has become potentially compromised immediately after such owner knows or should have known of the condition. Such notice shall contain the name and business address of the owner of record of such building or structure and shall identify the building or structure by street address and tax block and lot. The notices required by this subdivision shall be in such form and manner as established by the commissioner by rule.
If an owner subject to the inspection and filing requirements of this section fails to file such report, the owner shall be liable for a civil penalty in an amount not less than two thousand dollars. In such a case, the department may cause a structural inspection to be conducted and a report filed.