Facade Ordinances

Ordinance Administration

The The Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department administers the facade ordinance for the City of Detroit. The department is located at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 401, Detroit, Michigan 48226; telephone: 313.224.2733.

The facade ordinance provisions are provided in Section 9-1-35, titled “Enforcement; Inspections.”

Buildings Requiring Inspection

All buildings 5-stories or greater in height; inspect all roof-mounted structures and every exterior wall of or part of the building's exterior, including connecting bridges, cornices, copings, saves, bays, or similar projections by competent person.





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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