Inspections & Construction Support - Pittsburgh Façades

Ordinance Administration

The Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections administers the façade ordinance for the City of Pittsburgh. The provisions of the ordinance are provided in the “Property Maintenance Code” of the City of Pittsburgh as amendments 1004.01–1004.02 of the City Building Code, which reference the 2003 International Property Maintenance Code. Here is a PDF summary of the Property Maintenance Code (Amendments 1004.01–1004.02).

Buildings Requiring Inspection

All buildings and structures except Use Group R-3 shall be inspected by a licensed professional engineer or registered architect to determine the structural soundness of items covered in sections 304.8, 304.9, and 304.11,

The International Property Maintenance Code as adopted by the City of Pittsburgh and amended by City Code requires that every building facade be inspected by a licensed engineer or architect on a 5 year interval. Property owners are responsible to contact their own third party licensed professional and keep a report on file for review by a City of Pittsburgh Fire Inspector or Combined Operations Inspector upon request. 

Exceptions to this Code are R-3 structures which include single-family residences and daycare or rooming house facilities with 5 or fewer residents. 

 

Section 304.1.1. reads:

304.1.1 Required Inspections: All buildings and structures except Use Group R-3, shall be inspected by a licensed professional engineer or registered architect to determine the structural soundness of items covered in Sections 304.8, 304.9 and 304.11, and their reports shall bear their signature and seal. All inspections made prior to the adoption of this code shall continue on their previous schedule at five year intervals. All new inspections shall be completed within one year of the adoption of this code and successive inspections shall be made every fifth year after the date of the original inspection.

  • 304.8 Decorative features. All cornices, belt courses, corbels, terra cotta trim, wall facings, and similar decorative features shall be maintained in good repair with proper anchorage and in a safe condition.

  • 304.9 Overhang extensions. All overhang extensions including, but not limited to canopies, marquees, signs, metal awnings, fire escapes, standpipes and exhaust ducts shall be maintained in good repair and be properly anchored so as to be kept in a sound condition. When required, all exposed surfaces of metal or wood shall be protected from the elements and against decay or rust by periodic application of weather-coating materials, such as paint or similar surface treatment. 

  • 304.11 Chimneys and towers. All chimneys, cooling towers, smoke stacks, and similar appurtenances shall be maintained structurally safe and sound, and in good repair. All exposed surfaces of metal or wood shall be protected from the elements and against decay or rust by periodic application of weather-coating materials, such as paint or similar surface treatment.

If you have recieved a notice a violation from PLI regarding facade inspections, contact your inspector and send your current 5-year inspection report. If you do not have a 5-year inspection report, contact a licensed professional immediately. Once the report is complete, contact the inspector and send the report. 

and their reports shall bear their signature and seal. Inspections are required every fifth year after the date of the original inspection.

We Can Help!

PVE has extensive experience assisting clients with all aspects of the building inspection process, helping to assure that owners remain in compliance with the San Francisco façade safety requirements. Our services include the examination itself, along with all required follow-up work, including preparing contracts for the repairs, assisting in bidding and negotiation with qualified contractors, and performing construction phase services.

To arrange for an examination, or if you have any questions regarding the process, contact our office on 646-602-4999 or email jmorse@pve-llc.com.


Additional Information:

Click here to learn more about the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection.

Click here for more information about San Francisco Ordinance #67-16.

Click here to learn more about ASTM E2270.

Click here to view the San Francisco City Website with Ordinance.

Facade Ordinances

http://pittsburghpa.gov/pli/code-enforcement/facade-inspections.html