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Welcome to FACADEORDINANCE.COM,
an informational site maintained by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE).
FacadeOrdinance.com contains general information regarding facade ordinances in various cities
throughout the United States. It is intended for use by individuals seeking an introduction to
What is a facade ordinance?
A facade ordinance is a law passed by local authorities requiring the periodic inspection of
certain building facades to help ensure public safety.
Which cities have facade inspection ordinances?
The cities of Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia,
Pittsburgh, and St. Louis currently have ordinances in effect that require periodic
inspections of buildings that meet specific requirements. You can access more detailed
information about a particular city's facade ordinance by selecting the link from the menu
at the left or clicking one of the photo links above.
Who performs a facade inspection?
Local authorities generally require a facade ordinance inspection to be performed under the
direction of a licensed architect or licensed professional engineer in the state in which
the building resides. For some ordinances, however, this is not a requirement.
How is a facade inspection performed?
The requirements and procedures for conducting facade inspections are outlined in ASTM
E2270, "Standard Practice for Periodic Inspection of Building Facades for Unsafe
Conditions.” Published by ASTM International, this model standard reflects best practices
for facade inspections and is intended for adoption by model building codes, local
municipalities, or private owners of multiple buildings. Visit
ASTM International to
FacadeOrdinance.com provides a general overview of selected facade ordinances, including
such information as year enacted, ordinance number, and administrative authority contact
information. The site also provides the types of buildings that are required to undergo
facade inspections and ordinance-specified inspection time frames.
The information provided on FacadeOrdinance.com is general in nature and should not be
relied upon as fact. Persons requiring specific information on facade ordinances should
contact their local authority or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., (WJE) is an interdisciplinary firm
of structural engineers, architects, and materials scientists specializing in the
investigation, analysis, testing, and design of repairs for distressed conditions in
historic and contemporary buildings and structures. Over the last fifty years, WJE has
successfully completed more than seventy thousand investigative, testing, and repair
projects involving virtually every type of facade construction material, structural system,
and architectural component. Visit
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