Facilities Planning

Building Condition Survey and Visual Inspection

The 2019 Enacted Budget included changes to Education Laws §409-d (Comprehensive public school building safety program) and §3641 (Special apportionments and grants-in-aid to school districts).  These are the sections of state law that relate to the five year cycle for building condition surveys (BCS) and the requirement for annual visual inspections (AVI).

Under the new statute, districts must conduct Building Condition Surveys (BCS) on a staggered schedule as assigned by the Commissioner in calendar years 2020 through 2024, and every five years on that same five year cycle thereafter.  To develop the schedule, NYSED created five groupings within each of the State’s Labor Market Regions (LMR).  One for each year.  Data regarding the number of instructional buildings per district was used to equally distribute the number of buildings to be surveyed in each BCS cohort year.  Next, data from the 2015 Building Condition Survey was used to assign groups with the highest number of buildings identified as ‘poor’ or ‘unsatisfactory’ to BCS cohort years 2020 and 2021.

For some districts, the new schedule will stretch out the period between the intensive building condition surveys for several years.   To address this, the legislature chose to partially reinstate the visual inspection requirement, although it is no longer annual.   Under the new statute, districts whose place in the new Building Condition Survey cycle means that they have not yet conducted a building condition survey by the end of calendar year 2020, and then by the end of calendar year 2022, must conduct a visual inspection in those years.   Otherwise and thereafter, visual inspections need only be conducted as deemed necessary by the Commissioner.

2020-2024 Building Condition Survey

2020 and 2022 Visual Inspection

 

2015 Building Condition Survey

2013 Annual Visual Inspection

2013 BCS/AVI Report data is not available. (12/30/16)

2012 Annual Visual Inspection

2012 BCS/AVI Report WinZip Icon  The surveys are in a zip file and are district-by-district in pdf format.  (01/24/14)

2011 Annual Visual Inspection

2011 BCS/AVI Report WinZip Icon  The surveys are in a zip file and are district-by-district in pdf format.  (01/24/14)

2010 Building Condition Survey

2010 Building Condition Survey WinZip Icon  The surveys are in a zip file and are district-by-district in pdf format.

2009 Annual Visual Inspection

2009 BCS/AVI Report WinZip Icon  The surveys are in a zip file and are district-by-district in pdf format.  (02/16/10)

2005 Building Condition Survey

2005 Building Condition Survey WinZip Icon   The surveys are in a zip file and are district-by-district in pdf format.

 

 

For questions, contact the Office of Facilities Planning: emscfp@nysed.gov  518-474-3906

 

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Last Updated: October 6, 2020