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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:
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
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:
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