In response to many recent facade collapses, the City of Philadelphia has enacted a Facade Inspection Ordinance. Bill 090568 was signed by Mayor Nutter on February 17, 2010.
The Ordinance pertains to:
If the date of construction cannot be determined by the owner, the first inspection must be performed by June 30, 2011. For all other buildings, the first inspection shall be conducted, and required report shall be filed, within 10 years after the certificate of occupancy was issued.
If original construction date is prior to these dates, the required report is due accordingly:
Before 1951: due by June 30, 2011
1951-1970: due by June 30, 2012
1971-1980: due by June 30, 2013
1981-1990: due by June 30, 2014
1991-2005: due by June 30, 2015
Following the initial inspection, an affected building shall be re-inspected and the required report shall be filed on a 5 year cycle based on the original schedule.