What is seismic retrofitting?

Seismic retrofitting is a change or modification to an existing structure to make the building more resistant to seismic activity and lateral force.

What is a soft-story building?

A soft-story building is a multi-story building that has windows, wide doors, large unobstructed commercial spaces, and other opening in places where shear wall would be required for stability as a matter of earthquake engineering design.

What is the purpose for retrofitting my building?

Ordinance #183893 was put into place to reduce structural deficiencies. The buildings that comply with the ordinance can be subjected to structural failure during or after an earthquake. A very similar ordinance was passed in San Francisco in 2013 in response to the 1989 earthquake where numerous soft-story buildings collapsed because they were not designed to withstand the shear (lateral) force of the earthquake.

What do I do when I receive my order to comply?

The first step is finding the right seismic retrofitting company for you. The right company should take care of the entire process from start to finish. Start the process here!

How much will the project cost?

Projects can cost anywhere from $30,000 and up depending on the scope of the work. Some projects can run upwards of $100,000.

Is there financing available?

Financing options are available, call today to discuss with our experienced team!

How do I find out if my building is exempt?

To find out if your building is exempt visit the Soft-Story Retrofit Program page on the LADBS website. LADBS provides the inventory list of buildings within the ordinance, and a link to verify that your property is within the scope.

How long does it take to get structural plans complete?

On average, structural plans can take up to 60 days. However, we work hard to deliver ahead of schedule.

How long does it take for the city to approve and issue a permit?

The city typically takes between 6-8 weeks to approve and issue a permit to begin construction.

Once the permit is issued, when does construction start?

Construction starts as soon as the building owner gives the green light to begin.

How long does it take to complete the construction?

Construction typically takes between 30-60 days to complete.

How will tenants be affected during construction?

Tenants can remain in the unit while the renovation work is done as long as the work does not make the home uninhabitable outside construction hours, and will not expose the tenant to toxic or hazardous materials. More information can be found on the HCIDLA website.

What are the different ways a building is retrofitted?

There are several ways to retrofit a soft-story building depending on the scope of work. Installing moment frames, shear walls, and cantilever columns are some of the common methods used to retrofit a building. Call today to speak to one of our experts to find out more.

What is the tenant habitability plan (THP)?

The THP describes what kind of work the landlord is going to do, how the work will affect the tenant, and how long the work will take. The landlord must submit this plan to the HCIDLA before any work may begin. We prepare the THP and all ancillary documents for you. For more information click here

Why should I choose Retrofit1?

Retrofit1 provides a cost-effective approach to seismic retrofitting by leveraging economies of scale. We have the manpower, the buying power, and the back-office support, to get jobs done efficiently and cost-effectively. Each project is assigned a project manager to maintain a strict schedule and budget. The Retrofit1 team is highly experienced, knowledgeable, and always puts the client first.

How long do I have to get this done?

From the receipt of the Order to Comply, the building owner has 2 years to submit proof of a previous retrofit, or plans to retrofit or demolish. The owner has 3.5 years to obtain a permit to start construction or demolition. The construction must be completed within 7 years.