Santa Monica Seismic Retrofit Program
On February 14, 2017 the City Council of Santa Monica, California made changes to existing laws and ordinances to earthquake retrofit buildings in the City of Santa Monica, CA.
The laws and ordinances will affect: Unreinforced Masonry Buildings, Concrete Tilt-up Buildings, Soft-Story Buildings, Non-Ductile Concrete Buildings, Steel Moment Frame Buildings. Single Family Residences can volunteer to do retrofit.
The City of Santa Monica passed this Seismic Retrofit program to keep the city and its residences safe. In the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, fifty-two people died. In the 1994 Northridge earthquake, 16 people died. A major earthquake can cause hundreds of millions of damages.
Santa Monica Seismic Retrofit Program Published the Compliance Time Frame. You must finish the evaluation report and complete the retrofit within the following time frame.
|Potentially Seismically Vulnerable Buildings Type||Structural Evaluation Report Due||Retrofit Must be Completed Within|
|Unreinforced Masonry Buildings||3 Months||2 Years|
|Concrete Tilt-Up Building||4 Months||3 Years|
|Soft-Story Buildings||2 Years||6 Years|
|Non-Ductile Concrete Buildings||3 Years||10 Years|
|Steel Moment Frame Buildings||3 Years||20 Years|
Click here to verify if your building is under this ordinance
What is the Santa Monica Seismic Retrofit Program Process?
The Santa Monica City buildings displaying age, appearance, construction material, design and structural records, may indicate a need for earthquake retrofitting buildings in Santa Monica CA.
The Santa Monica California buildings appearing on the seismic retrofit list will receive a notice from the City of Santa Monica to complete a structural analysis of the buildings. The buildings in Santa Monica, found to be in non-compliance with established building and structural standards for an earthquake will be ordered to strengthen the building through a seismic retrofit.
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