Façade Ordinance in Philadelphia

 

In 2009, the City of Philadelphia took steps toward ensuring the safety of its residents by amending Title 4 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “The Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code.” The change in Code requires the periodic inspection façades (exterior walls) and appurtenances of certain buildings, filing reports of the inspections, and repair and maintenance of certain conditions discovered during those inspections.

Philadelphia’s façade ordinance is applicable to:

buildings six or more stories in height

OR

buildings with any appurtenance in excess of 60 feet in height

OR

building, other than one- or two-family dwellings, greater than two stories located in specific areas.

 

The exact language states:

PM-304.10.2.1 – The owner of each Affected Building shall be responsible for retaining a Professional to conduct periodic inspections of exterior walls and any appurtenances thereto, except for those parts of any exterior wall which are less than twelve inches from the exterior wall of an adjacent building, and to prepare and file a report on such inspection as required by this Section.

 

Inspection, filing, and repairs are required every five years per the schedule below.

CONSTRUCTION DATE

Prior to and including 1950
1951 – 1970
1971 – 1980
1981 – 1990
1991 – 2005
2006 – Present

ORIGINAL REPORTS NO LATER THAN
June 30, 2013
June 30, 2014
June 30, 2015
June 30, 2016
June 30, 2017
10 Years from the CO
CYCLE 2 REPORTS NO LATER THAN
June 30, 2018
June 30, 2019
June 30, 2020
June 30, 2021
June 30, 2022
10 Years from the CO

 

Joseph B. Callaghan,Inc. has performed multiple inspections in our 50 year history. View some of our projects hereIf you find you’re building is in need of inspection, our team can help. Please call 215.665.0497 or email Diane Goschler at dgoschler@jbciengineers.com.