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The city of Cincinnati issued an ordinance requiring regular façade inspections of its buildings.
The requirements apply to all buildings that have:
The requirements don’t apply to those portions of buildings located:
Each inspection report should include the following:
The name and address of the building.
The name, address, and phone number of the building owner or person in control, and their agents if available.
The name, business address, and phone number of the professional preparing the report.
A site plan of the building showing adjacent streets and alleys, and the relationship of the building to property lines and adjacent buildings.
A description of the building, including the number of stories, height, plan dimensions, age, and type of exterior wall construction, describing cornices, soffits, or similar overhangs or features.
Photographs or drawings of all elevations of the building.
A detailed description of the facade examination in narrative form, including start and completion dates.
A designation of the building façade’s status by the professional as “safe,” “safe with ordinary repair and maintenance,” “unsafe,” or “unsafe and imminently hazardous,” as those terms are defined in subsection 1127-3.10.
Drawings or photographs describing where there is significant distress or deteriorated conditions observed in the facade.
A description of recommended repair work and precautionary measures that should be taken to safeguard the public, emergency responders, and building occupants, if any, and the recommended completion date of such work.
Where appropriate, a comparison of conditions of the building facade with conditions observed during previous examinations of the same facade.
A recommendation for future examination if earlier than the time period specified in subsection 1127-03.8.
The signature and seal of the professional who performed the examination.
The signature of the owner or person in control acknowledges his or her knowledge of the building’s condition and responsibility to maintain the building in a safe condition.
The date of the report.
Other documents, notes, summaries, memoranda, letters, or ancillary reports pertinent to the inspection report prepared by the professional.
I. Category I Buildings
II. Category II and III Buildings
III. Category IV Buildings
Any building not otherwise described in subsections i-iii above must be examined within one year of reaching fifteen years beyond its completed construction date and must be examined consistent with the prescribed schedule for its respective building category.
If a facade inspection report was completed more recently than the prescribed timeframes for the category and age of a building, the report may be submitted to the director for review in lieu of a new report. If the director approves the report finding that it substantially complies with this section, the next report will be due within five, eight, or twelve years of when that report was originally completed, consistent with the prescribed schedule for the respective building categories.
Failing to comply with an order of the director pursuant to this Section 1127-03 is liable for a Class D Civil Offense, according to Cincinnati Municipal Code.
For each subsequent offense occurring within one year after having once been notified of an initial offense, every additional day that a person fails to comply will constitute a separate civil offense.