Facade Ordinances

Legislation Status

City of Cleveland Ordinance Number 1533-15 was passed by City Council on April 4, 2016. The legislation became effective on June 6, 2016. The facade of applicable buildings at least 50 years old must have an inspection complete and report filed with the City within one year; buildings between 30 and 50 years old must complete the same within two years. For buildings that have had an inspection meeting the requirements listed in the Ordinance within the last five years prior to the adoption of the ordinance, a report may be filed based on the previous inspection.

Ordinance Administration

The Department of Building and Housing administers the facade ordinance for the City of Cleveland. The department is located in City Hall at 601 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114, Room 510; telephone: 216.664.2282.

The facade ordinance requirements are listed in new Sections 3143.01 to 3143.04 and 3143.99, Exterior Walls and Appurtenances to the Codified Ordinances of the City of Cleveland.

Buildings Requiring Inspection

The Ordinance applies to buildings that are at least five stories or seventy-five feet in height above grade, whichever is shorter, have a protected distance that is equal to or less than the height of the structure, and are thirty years old or older. After the initial inspection, the building facade must be re-inspected every five years.

Inspection and Reporting

According to the Ordinance, facade inspections are to "meet or exceed the general inspection standards under the ASTM Standards for Periodic Inspection of Building Facades for Unsafe Conditions contained in Designation E 2270-14. Any areas found to be deficient in the general inspection shall require a detailed inspection.”

Upon completion of the inspection, a summary report form must be filed with the City of Cleveland Director of Building and Housing with information regarding the inspection performed and conditions noted. Upon observation of unsafe conditions, the Director of Building and Housing should be notified immediately.


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