The Inspectional Services Department of Boston implemented Ordinance 9.9-12 (Inspection of Exterior Walls and Appurtenances of Buildings Requiring Periodic Inspection) in 1995, which dictates that any building over 70 feet high has to be inspected for façade deficiencies that would compromise life safety.
If a building's height is 125 feet or less, a licensed engineer or registered architect can visually inspect the building using binoculars and/or adjacent building access (no close visual inspection is required). Buildings higher than 125 feet require a close visual inspection using full height mechanical access (i.e. swing staging, pipe staging, rappelling, boatswain chair). A minimum of one full height drop per building elevation is required for these higher buildings.
Every exterior wall over 70’ shall be inspected in the case of an occupied structure at least once every five (5) years and in the case of an unoccupied structure at least once a year. Violations of this ordinance are punishable by a fine of one hundred ($100) dollars for each day that such violation continues.
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