City of Boston Facade Inspection Ordinance
The City of Boston requires the inspection of exterior walls and appurtenances of buildings as described in Ordinance 9-9.12 of the City of Boston Municipal Code. SGH performs ordinance-compliant assessments of buildings within the City of Boston.
Ordinance 9-9.12 has the following requirements:
- Scope: all buildings over 70 ft high must be inspected for unsafe condition, movement, significant deterioration, and water tightness (single and multiple family dwellings excluded)
- Frequency: once every five years for occupied buildings and once per year for unoccupied buildings
- Inspector: Massachusetts registered architect or engineer
- Report: written report prepared by the inspector documenting the condition of the exterior walls and filed with the City
- Consequence: owners of occupied structures without an exterior wall certificate are subject to a fine of $300 per day
During these projects, SGH generally performs the following activities:
- Review plans and specifications for general understanding and to help focus survey to problem areas
- Use binoculars to scan walls for large-scale problems
- Conduct a hands-on inspection of representative areas on each face of the facade
- Sound materials to evaluate internal cohesion and pulled on adhered materials to evaluate attachment
- Survey interior areas for signs of water damage and interview maintenance personnel on leakage history
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Building Enclosures | Performance & Code Consulting
Condition Assessments | Facade Inspection Ordinances
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