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Structural & Facade Inspections Now Mandatory for Jersey City Buildings Florida Collapse Still Impacting Condos Nationwide

As a direct response to the tragic Champlain Towers South condominium collapse in South Florida this past summer that killed nearly 100 people, Jersey City’s City Council recently passed an ordinance requiring regular facade and structural inspections. 

According to a press release from New York-based RAND Engineering & Architecture DPC, a firm with client communities across the tristate area, “The new legislation, written to further protect Jersey City buildings and its residents, mandates structural inspections of concrete buildings taller than six stories every 10 years. This requirement includes inspections of foundations, balconies, all structural members, and waterproofing. The initial inspection must be completed by December 31, 2022.”

 

The RAND statement goes on to say that the ordinance “also requires facade inspections of buildings taller than six stories and masonry facade buildings four stories or taller every five years. The inspection must include all exterior walls and appurtenances. Initial inspections must be completed by December 31, 2023,” and stipulates that all inspections must be conducted by a licensed architect or professional engineer.

 

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