Soft-Story Program

 Seismic Retrofit Program

for Existing Wood-Frame Soft-Story Buildings


 

 

SEISMIC DESIGN GUIDELINES

Mandatory Standards for Seismic Strengthening of Wood-Frame Buildings with Soft, Weak or Open-Front Walls

The purpose of these Seismic Design Guidelines is to provide additional information and clarification to Civil or Structural engineers in order to comply with Ordinance No. 18-O-2767 for existing buildings with soft, weak, or open front wall lines.

To access the Seismic Design Guidelines click on the link below:

Beverly Hills Design Guidelines for Seismic Retrofit of Wood-frame Soft-story Buildings

 


SCREENING FORM

For Existing Wood-Frame Multi-family Buildings with Soft, Weak or Open-Front Walls

The Screening Form is the first milestone set forth in Ordinance 18-O-2767 and Title 9, Chapter 5, Article of the Beverly Hills Municipal Code for the retrofit of existing wood-frame multi-family buildings with soft, weak, or open front wall. The Screening Report is intended to provide additional information to determine I f a building is in the scope of the ordinance and a retrofit is required or if the building is exempt from further evaluation.

The building information provided in the screening form will be reviewed by the City of Beverly Hills to determine whether the seismic retrofit is required, in accordance with Ordinance 18-O-2767 and Title 9, Chapter 5, Article 4 of the Beverly Hills Municipal code. The Screening Form must be prepared by a Design Professional (Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, or Architect) licensed in the State of California.

 

To access the Screening Form click on the link below:

Beverly Hills Seismic Retrofit Screening Form for Wood-frame Soft-story Buildings

 


Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Ordinance for Wood-Frame Soft-Story Buildings 

The City of Beverly Hills is taking a proactive approach to earthquake safety with the goal to help protect people and minimize damage of vulnerable buildings in the event of a major earthquake. As such, the City has developed a mandatory seismic retrofit ordinance intended at strengthening existing wood-frame multi-family soft-story buildings.

The new ordinance (No. 18-O-2767) was adopted at the December 11, 2018 formal City Council meeting. The ordinance became effective on January 11, 2019.

The new mandatory ordinance addresses soft-story buildings which are most vulnerable and have been identified with the following criteria:

  • A permit for construction of a new building was applied for before January 1, 1978, or if no permit can be located, the structure is determined by the City Building Official to have been built under building code standards enacted prior to January 1, 1978, and

 

  • The ground floor or basement portion of the structure contains parking or other similar open floor space that causes Soft, Weak, or Open-Front Wall lines and there exists one or more stories above.


Important Documents Regarding the Soft-story Seismic Retrofit Program: 

 

For additional information or for any questions, please contact Senior Plan Review Engineer, Arlen Eskandari, the City's Seismic Retrofit Program project Manager at: (310)285-1113 or via email at: retrofit@beverlyhills.org.

 

 

 


COMMUNITY OUTREACH

 

Event

Date

Materials

 City Council Meeting

November 20, 2018

Access Council Meeting Video & Agenda Report

Health and Safety Commission

October 22, 2018

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City Council Meeting

August 7, 2018

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RESOURCES 

To find a California licensed engineer:

Please visit the State of California's Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists and/or Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) websites for information regarding licensed engineers (please use links below):

 

To find a California licensed architect:

  • Please visit the California Architects Board for information regarding licensed architects: http://cab.ca.gov

 

To find a California licensed contractor:

Please visit the Contractors State License Board for information regarding hiring a contractor and to verify if a contractor is licensed and insured: http://cslb.ca.gov

California Department of Consumer Affairs: How to Hire a Contractor

 


 

Additional information: 

2016 Safer Cities Survey - developed by The Dr. Lucy Jones Center in partnership with the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) which provides information on the risks of seismic events in Southern California, an overview of steps taken by jurisdictions in the Los Angeles region, and a description of vulnerable building types. 2016 Safer Cities Survey

 
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