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Masonry
The residential inspection checklist for masonry includes:

  • Masonry wall thickness per City reviewed drawings and section R606.2, I.R.C.
  • The maximum height of a reinforced (grouted) masonry wall and corresponding continuous grout pour is five (5) feet at each inspection unless otherwise approved in advance by the Building Official.  If a cleanout (inspection opening) is allowed, it must be free of debris, section R609, I.R.C.
  • All required steel reinforcement and grout barriers must be in place, section R609, I.R.C.
  • Unreinforced parapet (hollow masonry) wall, section R606.2.4, I.R.C. ***Please note: Unless engineered, the unreinforced parapet wall must be a minimum 8" thick and a height not to exceed three times the wall thickness.
  • Masonry wall anchor to floor diaphragm per City reviewed drawings and section R606.9.2.2, I.R.C.
  • Mortar for masonry serving as the lateral-force-resisting system shall be Type M,S, or N mortar, section R607.1.2, I.R.C.
  • Mortar head and bed joints; 3/8 inch thick, except starting course bed joint (placed over foundation): minimum ¼ inch and not more than ¾ inch, section R607.2.1, I.R.C.
  • Mortar joint thickness tolerances: Bed joint (+1/8 inch), Head joint (-1/4 inch, +3/8 inch, Collar joint 
        (-1/4 inch, +3/8 inch), section R607.2.1.1, I.R.C.
  • Masonry over openings shall be supported by steel lintels, reinforced concrete or masonry lintels or masonry arches, designed to support load imposed, section R606.10, I.R.C.
  • Steel and masonry lintel sizing per City reviewed drawings.
  • Minimum bearing for steel lintel per City reviewed drawings.
  • Lateral support (either horizontal or vertical direction) per City reviewed drawings and section R606.9, I.R.C.
  • Bond beam steel (fully grouted) per City reviewed drawings.
  • Masonry wall anchor to roof structure per City reviewed drawings and section R606.9.2.1, I.R.C.
  • Masonry wall anchor to floor diaphragm per City revised drawings and section R606.9.2.2, I.R.C.
  • Solid grout all support column reinforcement per City reviewed drawings and section R609.4, I.R.C.

Contact Information

City of Litchfield Park
Building Safety Department
214 West Wigwam Boulevard
Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340

Ph: 623-935-1066
Fx: 623-535-9754

Updated 4/22/16