Santa Monica Soft Story FAQs

How do I know if my building is included in the program?

The City has prepared a list of buildings included in the program that will be required to complete a structural analysis. Inclusion of a building on the list is not confirmation that the building is structurally deficient, hazardous or unsafe.  Buildings owners will also receive a notice from the City that it is included in the program, with timelines for compliance.


Does being on the List mean that my building is hazardous or vulnerable?

No. Appearance on the List is the City’s best analysis in identifying the building in one of the five major categories. Appearance on the List does not necessarily mean that your building is unsafe, or will require retrofit.


How much time do I have to retrofit my building?

Compliance timeframes are based on the type of building and begin from the date that you are issued a notice from the City. Notices will be issued between May 2017 and August 2018 based on the following priorities, outlined in proposed noticing schedule:

Priority 1: Unreinforced Masonry Buildings and Concrete Tilt-Up Buildings
Priority 2: Soft-Story Buildings with 3 or more stories
Priority 3: Soft-Story Buildings with 16 or more units
Priority 4: Non-Ductile Concrete Buildings and Steel Moment Frame Buildings
Priority 5: Soft-Story Buildings with 7 to 15 units
Priority 6: Soft-Story Buildings with 6 or less units

Note: All notices issued by the City to property owners City will include actual compliance dates.

 


If my building is on the List included in the program, what steps do I need to take to ensure compliance?

Step 1: Notify Tenants
Step 2: Complete a Structural Evaluation.Step 3: Submit the Structural Evaluation to the City by the deadline provided in your notice.
Step 4: Prepare and submit a retrofit plan to Building and Safety for plan check if the Building Officer determines that your building requires a seismic retrofit.
Step 5: If the building is a residential rental building, complete a Means and Methods plan and notify tenants in accordance with the City’s Tenant Protection During Construction guidelines.
Step 6: Obtain construction permits.
Step 7: Complete the seismic retrofit.

 


Who can complete a Structural Evaluation for me?

A California licensed civil or structural engineer or registered architect must perform the structural analysis. Their subsequent report must report the findings and deficiencies of the building and their recommendation for a retrofit. These professionals may be found through several professional and government resources:

Registered Professional Licensed Engineers: http://bpelsg.ca.gov
Registered Architects: http://cab.ca.gov
Structural Engineering Association of So Cal: http://www.seaosc.org/Find-an-Engineer

 


If the Structural Evaluation determines that a Retrofit is not required, am I done?

The Evaluation still must be submitted to Building and Safety for review. If the Building Officer confirms that a Retrofit is not required, the City will issue you a letter acknowledging that your building is in compliance. At this time, no further work is required related to the retrofit program requirements.

Who can complete a Structural Evaluation for me?

A California licensed civil or structural engineer or registered architect must perform the structural analysis. Their subsequent report must report the findings and deficiencies of the building and their recommendation for a retrofit. These professionals may be found through several professional and government resources:

Registered Professional Licensed Engineers: http://bpelsg.ca.gov
Registered Architects: http://cab.ca.gov
Structural Engineering Association of So Cal: http://www.seaosc.org/Find-an-Engineer

 


Will I get verification from the City after I complete the Seismic Retrofit of my building?

After City Building inspectors have approved the completion of the work, the City will issue a “Certificate of Completion of Seismic Retrofit Work” for your records. All property information in the City’s database will identify the property as being compliant with the 2017 Seismic Retrofit Program.

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