Facade Ordinances

Ordinance Administration

The Inspectional Services Department administers the facade ordinance for the City of Boston. The department is located at 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, Fifth Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02118; telephone: 617.635.5300. Sections 9-9.12 of the Boston Building Code entitled “Inspection of Exterior Walls and Appurtenances of Buildings Requiring Periodic Inspection” are applicable.

Buildings Requiring Inspection

Buildings over seventy (70) feet in height, or classified as a high rise structure, and excluding residential buildings that are classified as three family, two family, or single family except as required by the commissioner require inspection. Inspection of an occupied structure is required at least once every five (5) years and in the case of an unoccupied structure at least once a year. Inspection required by registered architect or engineer.


The information provided in is general in nature and should not be relied upon as fact. Persons requiring specific information on facade ordinances should contact local authorities or e-mail