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From past earthquakes, multi-story buildings with weak and/or open front wall lines creating a “soft-story” (i.e. buildings with tuck-under-parking) performed poorly and collapsed. The goal of the mandatory retrofit program, under Ordinance 183893 and Ordinance 184081, is to reduce structural deficiencies by the most economical and feasible method. Without proper strengthening, these vulnerable buildings may be subjected to structural failure during and/or after an earthquake.

Buildings that are most vulnerable have been identified with the following criteria:

  • Consist of 2 or more stories wood frame construction
  • Built under building code standards enacted before January 1, 1978
  • Contains ground floor parking or other similar open floor space

The Soft Story Retrofit Program does not apply to residential buildings with 3 or less units.

To verify if your building is within the scope, please refer to the Permit & Inspection Report (Property Activity Report).

To obtain the inventory list of buildings, please contact:
LADBS Custodian of Records
(213) 482-6770

Each property owner of these buildings will be sent an order to comply. These orders will be send accordingly based on the following priorities:

Priority Categories Date of Sending Orders
I. 16+ dwelling units 3-story and above May 2, 2016
2-story July 22, 2016
II. 3+ stories with less than 16 units Oct 17, 2016
III. Not defined I or II with 9-15 units Jan 20, 2017
with 7-8 units May 29, 2017
with 4-6 units Aug 14, 2017
Condos/Commercial Oct 30, 2017

The property owner must comply with the ordinance within the following time limits:

From the receipt of the Order to Comply:

  • 2 years: Submit proof of previous retrofit, or plans to retrofit or demolish
  • 3.5 years: Obtain permit to start construction or demolition
  • 7 years: Complete construction

Seismic Retrofit

Strengthening buildings for improved earthquake resistance

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Roof Condensation

Thorough inspection and repair of moisture damaged hardware

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Structural Repairs

Fixing structural problems without disrupting your business

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