Everything You Need to Know About Your Los Angeles Soft-Story Retrofit

Posted on Apr 27, 2019

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Most Los Angeles landlords and building owners are aware of the Los Angeles soft-story retrofit ordinances. If you don’t know, two building policies were approved by the city council in 2015 that affect soft-story buildings. Right after the new policies were approved the Los Angeles soft-story retrofitting program was announced. The idea behind is to ensure that buildings throughout the city will be structurally sound when the next earthquake hits. So what is covered under the new ordinances and how do they apply to you?

The first ordinance, 183893, lists the type of buildings that have been mandated to complete a seismic update under the Los Angeles soft-story retrofit program. On this list are wood-framed structures and soft-story buildings built before 1978. Ordinance 184081 specifies the time frame for building owners to get their retrofit completed so...

What Are The Los Angeles Soft-Story Retrofit Permits

Posted on Apr 24, 2019

When you hire RetroFitting 360, we take the hassle out of acquiring your Los Angeles soft-story retrofit permits. Your experienced contractor will file all of the documentation needed with city officials and the LADBS. While we do this for you, you may still have some questions. Don’t worry, we are here to answer them.

A detailed plan of the work that is needed on your structure needs to be submitted with your permit application. This plan shows all of the work that will be going into the retrofit of your building. Filing the application and work plan is just the first step towards acquiring the necessary permits.

Depending on which retrofitting firm you hire, the work plans may not meet all of the regulations of the Los Angeles city retrofitting codes. When this happens, city officials will send it back asking for corrections before they...

Commonly Asked Questions and the Answers about Earthquake Retrofitting

Posted on Apr 22, 2019

Despite all of the information on the internet, and our blog, here at RetroFitting 360, we still get a lot of questions pertaining to earthquake retrofitting. While we are happy to answer any question you may have, we thought it might be helpful to put together a list of the most frequently asked questions, along with their answers, for you. If you still have any questions after reading this don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call.

How do I know if my building needs earthquake retrofitting?

The best way to answer this question is by asking how old is your building? Almost all of the buildings in the Los Angeles area that were constructed before 1980 will need some sort of seismic retrofit to bring them up to the current building codes. Many of the buildings constructed after 1980 could use some earthquake...

Am I in Need of a Los Angeles Soft-Story Building Retrofit?

Posted on Apr 7, 2019

Los Angeles residents have been expecting “The Big One” for many years. For newcomers to the area, this refers to the next big earthquake to hit the area. After the damage done from the earthquake in 1994, city officials have been trying to find a way to minimize the damage and save lives in future quakes. In 2015, city officials passed Ordinance 183893 and Ordinance 184081 to create standards for soft-story buildings that are most vulnerable during seismic activity. These ordinances are part of the Los Angeles Soft-Story Building Retrofit Program, which is mandatory for most property owners.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Building Safety have been assessing the city in order to decide which structures would be the most vulnerable when a major earthquake strikes. After two years, they have compiled a list of over 13,000 buildings that meet their...

What Is The Los Angeles Soft-Story Retrofit Process?

Posted on Apr 2, 2019

So you found your building on Los Angeles’ list of at-risk structures and want to know about the soft-story retrofit process? Then continue reading as we walk you through the process, but first, let’s see how you ended up on this retrofit list. After the last major earthquake left much of the city devastated, city officials conducted an assessment to determine how to avoid this destruction in the future.

They compiled a list of all of the buildings that they deemed unsafe, or unable, to withstand the next earthquake. A whopping 13,500 buildings made this list, most of the apartment complexes. In 2015, the Department of Building Safety issued two new ordinances, 183893 and 184081, and the mandatory Soft-Story Retrofit Program began. The owners of the buildings on the city’s list were all sent orders to comply and were given a deadline for doing so. If you...

What Is A Los Angeles Soft Story Building?

Posted on Apr 1, 2019

The city of Los Angeles has the country’s largest seismic retrofit program which began in 2015. Getting your Los Angeles soft-story building retrofitted isn’t just a good idea, it is now the law. The Department of Building Safety passed two new ordinances, 183893 and 184081, which cover the standards that all soft-story buildings need to meet. RetroFitting 360 has already completed 90 retrofits in the LA area and have another 160 in the works. We specialize in soft-story buildings our team will make the process easier for you from start to finish.

What is a soft-story building?

Typically, a Los Angeles soft-story building has three or more floors, usually containing residential units. These upper floors are built over a ground floor that features a large open space, like parking garages or commercial space. Most...

What Is the Required Los Angeles Soft-Story Retrofit Ordinance?

Posted on Mar 29, 2019

In 2015, Los Angeles soft-story retrofit ordinances were created. The city council approved two new ordinances that affect soft-story buildings and rolled out their mandatory retrofit program. The goal of this program is to save lives by ensuring that buildings throughout the city will be structurally safe when the next major earthquake strikes. So what do these ordinances mean for you? This first ordinance identifies the type of buildings that must complete a mandatory earthquake retrofit under the Soft-Story Retrofit Program. These buildings include all of the following:

Ordinance 183893

• Wood-framed structures built before January 1, 1978

• Buildings with a ground floor that contain a parking, or other open space.

• Buildings with four or more residential units.

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