UPCS Parking Lot Deficiencies

 UPCS Inspection Code Changes -Parking Lots and Driveways

On August 9, 2012, a new scoring notice was released by HUD REAC; these changes are technically effective as of September 17, 2012, for Public Housing. As of 2013, the new inspection code will be in effect for both Public Housing and Multifamily HUD.

This article is the second in a series of several newsletters that will focus on the new changes:

Parking Lots/Driveways/Roads:

A parking lot, driveway, and/or road is defined as an area for parking motorized vehicles which begins at the curbside and includes all parking lots, driveways or roads within the property lines that are under the control of the housing provider. This does not limit the parking lot/ driveway / road to any material, location, size, or type, any surface that is using for parking or driving can be considered a parking area. Damages that result in violations relate to cracks, gaps, spalling, and trip hazards.

  • Note:
  • Do not include cracks on walkways/steps.
  • For this to be a Level 2 deficiency, more than 10% of the area must be impacted, for example, 100 out of 1,000 square feet. The 10% level does not apply to Level 3 conditions.
  • Relief joints are there by design; do not consider them cracks
  • Repaired/sealed cracks should not be considered a deficiency.
  • When observing traffic ability, consider the capacity to support people on foot, in wheelchairs, and using walkers or canes, etc., and the potential for problems and hazards.
    • Level 1: N/A
    • Level 2: Damaged pavement as defined above greater than ¾ inch, cracks, settlement, hinging/tilting, loose materials, pot holes, or missing section(s) that affect traffic ability over more than 10% of the property's parking lots/driveways/roads. Note a deficiency if you see cracks on more than 10% of the paved area.
    • Level 3: N/A

** There were 3 "inspectable areas" (cracks - potholes and loose materials -settlement/heaving). These have been consolidated into 1 deficiency.

Ponding (Parking Lots/ Driveway/Roads)

  • Note:
  • Consider the impact of any measurable precipitation, 1/10 inch or more, during the last 48 hours. Note the deficiency only if there is clear evidence that the ponding is a persistent or long-standing problem.
  • For parking lots/driveways/roads only, note a deficiency if you see ponding on more than 5% of the paved area.
    • Level 1: N/A
    • Level 2: Between 1 and 3 inches of water has accumulated, affecting the use of 5% or more of a parking lot/driveway/road. The parking lot/driveway/road is passable.
    • Level 3: More than 3 inches of water has accumulated making 5% or more of a parking lot/driveway/road unusable or unsafe.

**Only addition is "between 1 and 3 inches" instead of less than 3 inches.

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