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The city of Cleveland issued an ordinance requiring regular façade inspections of its buildings.
To maintain and ensure that a building’s exterior walls and appurtenances are in a safe condition, the following requirements will apply to all buildings that are at least five stories or seventy-five feet above grade, whichever is shorter.
This section shall not apply to one-, two- or three-family residential buildings:
Inspection Report: The owner of the structure must register with the Director of Building and Housing by submitting a written report, prepared by a qualified inspector who conducted or overlooked the inspection. Guidelines for the report are as follows:
The report must document the condition of the exterior and appurtenances as either safe, unsafe, or safe with a repair and maintenance program. The report must document all significant deterioration, unsafe conditions, and movement in sufficient detail so that successive reports will show the change in future conditions. The report must be signed by and bear the professional seal of the qualified inspector.
The report must be filed with the Director of Building and Housing together with a fee, (amount to be determined by the Board of Control), within the time specified in division (a)(2).
The report must include the following:
The inspection report must be filed with the Director of Building and Housing every five years from the date of the original report. The owner must keep the complete inspection documentation on-site or produce said documentation within 48 hours of any request by the Director of Building and Housing or the Chief of Fire, or their representatives.
Notice of Unsafe Condition. Following the discovery of an unsafe condition relating to the building exterior or appurtenances, the owner must notify the Director of Building and Housing immediately in writing, and immediately begin repair, reinforcement, or precautionary measures, with the required permits to ensure public safety.
The owner must complete such inspection and file a report within the following time:
In addition to any other method of enforcement provided for in Chapter 3103, violations of any provision of this chapter can find them guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. Each day after a violation continues will constitute a separate offense. Organizations convicted of an offense will be fined as provided by Cleveland Codified Ordinance Sections 601.10 and 601.99.