The City of Los Angeles passed Ordinance
183893 in 2015.
This Ordinance requires mandatory retrofitting of buildings with
soft story construction. Many buildings built before 1978 and
have first stories with large openings that risk collapsing during
an earthquake. The program creates a guide for property
owners to strengthen their buildings to improve performance
during an earthquake.
What is a Soft Story?
A structure that has
a weaker first floor and is unable to carry the loads of the stories above
during an earthquake. The first floor
generally has large openings in the exterior walls such as garages,
tuck-under parking or even large windows and doors.
Does this affect you?
Residential or commercial buildings that are:
What do I do next?
We can help you determine if your building has been found
with structural deficiencies and is required to comply with
the ordinance. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. If
your building is a property in need of retrofit, we offer
complete expert design/build services to help make the
process as painless as possible.
How do I pay for this?
Special financing is available for properties that require soft
story retrofitting. The program will finance 100% of the cost
and approval is based primarily on property value, not the
credit of the property owner. Owners must use a
construction company that has been approved to work with
the program. Vuoso and Sons Construction is an approved
and registered contractor and can help you get your
Angeles Housing and Community Investment
Department has developed a cost pass through program for
property owners to recoup 50% of the retrofit costs.