Building Facades: San Francisco Inspection Requirements

August 26, 2015
Author(s): Carolyn Searls

Damaged and deteriorated building facades are a serious public safety concern. When facade elements fail, there is a chance that the component could fall to the ground — putting people and property at risk. As a result, many cities, including Boston, Chicago, and New York, have adopted facade ordinances. The City of San Francisco also recognizes this potential hazard and wants to reduce damage during earthquakes. In April 2016, the City added Chapter 16E as a local amendment to the California Building Code outlining the City’s requirements for inspecting and maintaining existing building facades.