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 greater than 70 feet in height, or classified as a high rise structure. Inspection of building facades of 125 feet in height or less may be performed visually with the aid of binoculars or other equipment, or from adjacent structures, etc. Facades higher than 125 feet above grade shall include a close range visual inspection consisting of at least one drop per facade. Inspection of an occupied structure is required at least once every 5 years and once per year for unoccupied structures. Inspection reports are required to be written by a registered architect or engineer.

Facade Ordinance Advisory: Certification Expiration During COVID-19 Pandemic

We understand that you may be in a situation where the Boston Facade Ordinance Certificate for your property may have expired or has an upcoming expiration date in the midst of Governor Baker’s emergency order and stay at home advisory, which became effective March 24, 2020. The advisory was initially intended to end on April 7, 2020 but was extended on this week to continue until May 4, 2020. Please click here for more information.


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


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