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In 1995, the City of Boston passed an ordinance amending Municipal Code section 9-9.12 to mandate periodic exterior wall inspection.  Occupied buildings over seventy feet tall, or those classified as “high-rise,” must undergo inspection of all building faces every five years.  Unoccupied buildings over 35,000 sf must be evaluated annually.

We’ve been inspecting Boston buildings longer than the Inspectional Services Department has.

Since our first Boston project in 1979, Hoffmann Architects + Engineers has provided assessment, reporting, and design services for a number of Boston-area buildings.  Find out what we can do for yours.

Latest News
Ordinance amending City of Boston Municipal Code (CBC), section 9-9.12
Updates to the facade inspection requirements, enacted July 2022.

Additional Resources
City of Boston Municipal Code (CBC), section 9-9.12
Original rules for “Inspection of Exterior Walls and Appurtenances of Buildings Requiring Periodic Inspection,” enacted 1995.
Boston Inspectional Services Department (ISD)
Established in 1981, the ISD administers the facade ordinance program.


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