Beverly Hills Soft-Story Ordinance

The City of Beverly Hills recently created a mandatory soft story retrofit ordinance, adopted on December 11, 2018. Beverly Hills soft story retrofit became effective on January 11, 2019 “to help protect people and minimize damage of vulnerable buildings in the event of a major earthquake.”

The new ordinance (No. 18-O-2767) addresses vulnerable, soft-story buildings 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.

A Means & Method Plan is required by City of Beverly Hills for the retrofit construction process. The purpose of the plan is to inform tenants about the work and to protect tenants from construction impacts.Retrofit1 handles all of this for you as well as all city communication and visits. Call Retrofit1 today- 1-844-4Retro1 (473-8761) for all of your Beverly Hills soft story retrofit needs.

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