The Importance Of Seismic Retrofitting

  Retrofitting Structures Earthquakes can be horrible. They don’t discriminate when it comes to buildings; even a structure without significant […]

An Overview Of Soft-Story Seismic Retrofitting

Soft-Story Buildings Earthquakes are bad for buildings, including the ones that survive them. Especially so for soft-story buildings, of which […]

The Need Of Earthquake Retrofitting In LA

Earthquake Retrofitting Recent studies say that California has entered a period of seismic activity and it has become an ‘earthquake […]

Landlords And Tenants To Share Retrofitting Cost In LA

Foundation Repair Los Angeles Putting an end to more than a year long debate to begin implementing mandatory seismic laws […]

How Earthquakes Affect Buildings

The commonness of seismic activity reports coming out these days is enough to make one think the planet is generally […]

Beware: Brick Chimneys Can Kill You

If you look at the stats, there have been several incidents in the past 50 years that saw brick chimneys […]

Why Should You Go For Soft Story Seismic Retrofitting

On 17 January 1994, an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck Los Angeles. This quake came to be known as the […]

Seismic Ordinance and Soft Story Retrofit Program

Los Angeles has passed an ordinance to ensure soft story retrofit of weak buildings. The ordinance 183893 is meant to […]

How to Level a Concrete Foundation

Are the walls of your home cracked? Do you have doors that would not close or bulging floors? These can […]

Some Handy Methods For Earthquake Retrofitting

Earthquake retrofitting is the process of modification of the existing structures to make them more resistant to seismic activity, ground […]

Some FAQs on Earthquake Retrofitting

Many things come to our mind when talked about earthquake retrofitting, the usual ones being do I need an earthquake […]

Pros and Cons of Structural Retrofitting Using Fiber Reinforced Polymers

The manufacture of Fiber Reinforced Polymer technique came forth as a result of the recent developments in the field of […]

How to Keep your House Earthquake Proof

If you are living in an earthquake prone area, it is important to take advanced measures to keep your home […]

Seismic Retrofit Ordinance 183893

Ordinance 183893 was passed by the City of Los Angeles in 2015 to improve its seismic safety. This ordinance addresses […]

Retrofitting Your Home is Equal to Insurance Savings

Newly issued law and bond proposals have raised awareness among residents in California about the need for seismic retrofitting. The […]

Basics on Seismic Retrofitting of Historic Structures

Historic buildings are cultural assets, and they are worth preserving. Renovation and retrofitting of these buildings brings out several challenges, […]

Main Areas to be Considered for Retrofitting Unreinforced Masonry Buildings

Unreinforced masonry buildings are more vulnerable against a seismic activity. There are many such buildings in Los Angeles, with moderate […]

Retrofitting of Existing RCC Buildings by Jacketing

Jacketing of column is the method of adding transverse and longitudinal reinforcement around the existing columns in a building. The […]

Seismic Retrofit Ordinance – Things that Building Owners in LA Should Know

As per the latest reports, there are about 13,000 soft story apartment complexes in the City of Los Angeles, which […]

Different Processes Involved in Soft Story Retrofit

Soft story buildings get their names for having the first stories less rigid, when compared to the above stories. These […]

Important Steps to Undertake During Soft Story Retrofitting

Soft story retrofitting has been made mandatory under the Ordinance 183893 by the City of Los Angeles. Below are the […]

The Significance of Earthquake Retrofitting

Implementing earthquake retrofitting to your building is the best way to ensure the stability of the structure. An earthquake retrofitting […]

How to Take Care of the Potential Hazards inside Your Building

We have witnessed too many earthquakes in the past couple of years. The impact of several earthquakes has been devastating; […]

Cripple Wall Bracing For Earthquake Retrofitting

In light of the seismic retrofitting ordinance implemented by the City of Los Angeles, many building owners are looking for […]

How to Take Care of the Potential Hazards inside Your Building

We have witnessed too many earthquakes in the past couple of years. The impact of several earthquakes has been devastating; […]

Cripple Wall Bracing For Earthquake Retrofitting

In light of the seismic retrofitting ordinance implemented by the City of Los Angeles, many building owners are looking for […]

Soft Story Retrofit: Earthquakes in Los Angeles – Part One

Earthquake hazard is high in Southern California (specifically in the Los Angeles region) due to proximity to the great San […]

Could your building collapse in a major earthquake? Look up your address on these databases

he destruction from the 7.1 earthquake that rocked central Mexico on Tuesday is a reminder of the vulnerabilities Southern California […]

Soft-Story Retrofit in Los Angeles – Part Two

This is part two of a series of articles on Soft-Story Retrofit in Los Angeles focusing on economical solutions for […]

For SF landlords, deadline looms to retrofit soft-story buildings

Owners of nearly 2,000 apartment buildings in San Francisco have done nothing to bring their properties up to current seismic […]

L.A. releases addresses of 13,500 apartments and condos likely to need earthquake retrofitting

Neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and the Westside will feel the biggest impact from Los Angeles’ new law requiring the […]

New Ordinances Require “Soft Story” Retrofits in Metropolitan Multi-Family Units

The adoption of Soft-Story Retrofit Ordinance recognizes a vulnerable building type and mandates corrective measures.  It is common knowledge that […]

What You Need to Know About the New Soft-Story Retrofit

Last year in October, the Council of the City of Los Angeles passed Ordinance # 183893 mandating the retrofitting of […]

Los Angeles passes earthquake safety retrofitting law for older buildings

  Despite outstanding questions over the price tag of retrofitting thousands of old buildings, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed […]

How will California’s freeways survive a major earthquake?

The 1971 Sylmar earthquake sent a 6.6-magnitude jolt through the Newhall Pass, toppling a new interchange at Interstate 5 and […]

Making your home more resilient for the next disaster

The recent 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City is a tragedy – and a wake-up call for all Angelenos. With […]

Property Owners Eligible For Earthquake Retrofit Incentives

WEST HOLLYWOOD—The City of West Hollywood is now part of the statewide incentive program developed by the California Residential Mitigation […]

Santa Monica seeks to pass the nation’s most extensive earthquake retrofit plan

Santa Monica is poised to require safety improvements to as many as 2,000 earthquake-vulnerable buildings in what would be the […]

City must work with property owners to comply with retrofit law

Earthquakes are an unavoidable fact of life in the Bay Area. But their ability to do devastating damage to life […]

L.A. races to fix vulnerable buildings before next major earthquake

When Los Angeles two years ago approved the nation’s most sweeping earthquake retrofitting regulations, officials knew they were in a […]

When a big earthquake hits, your first instinct can mean life or death

What should you do when an earthquake hits? Cover in place? Run outside? It’s a decision one must instantly make […]

The hidden earthquake danger lurking in single-family homes

In the dead of night, the earthquake shuddered through this decades-old home, coming from an epicenter just a mile away. […]

New Rule Makes It Compulsory For LA Residents To Retrofit Their Houses

  Retrofitting Need Is your apartment vulnerable to collapse in the event of an earthquake?  It is a fear that […]


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Please download list :
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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

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