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Soft-story seismic retrofit legislation was signed into law April 16th 2013

Web Admin - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The soft-story seismic retrofit legislation was signed into law April 16th 2013. This legislation will:


Require the retrofitting of buildings that are:

  • Wood frame
  • Built before 1978
  • 3+ stories (including the garage) or 2+ stories above a garage
  • 5+ units
  • Have a soft first story ( usually parking spaces or commercial space on the ground floor)

The City will send a letter to owners of building s that fit this general description from September 2013 to January 2014.

Owners will have one year to get their building evaluated by a licensed contractor, engineer, or architect to see if they are required to retrofit their building or if they are exempt from the legislation. Whether or not you have to complete the seismic retrofit will will be dictated by the sign-off of your licensed contractor or engineer.