City of Los Angeles, Article 1, division 93, mandatory earthquake hazard reduction in existing wood-frame buildings with soft, weak, or open-front walls.
This ordinance requires soft-story building built before 1978 be retrofitted to satisfy higher seismic safety standard.
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Retrofit process according to Ordinance 183893:
First, you will receive an Order to Comply (which is a letter from the city), stating that your property is under this ordinance. This communication from the city will become public record.
What do I do next?
Submit proof of previous retrofit, plans to retrofit, or plans to demolish to the Department of Building and Safety.
Plans and calculations will be checked for compliance with the retrofit ordinance. You must obtain clearances from all pertinent agencies.
How much time do I have to complete retrofit?
From the receipt of the Order to Comply (the letter from the city):
Within two years: submit a structural analysis and plans to either retrofit or demolish, or proof of previous retrofit shall be submitted to the Department for review if the building meets the minimum requirements of this ordinance.
Within three-and-a-half years: obtain all permits for retrofit or demolition of the building.
Within seven years: complete construction or demolition work and finalize permits.
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