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Seismic Safety Topic Listing

 Seismic Safety Information and Programs -        [more...]

Seismic Hazard Zones and Other Information - To see what hazards are near your property, visit Enter an address to view earthquake, flood, fire and tsunami hazards in the vicinity.  [more...]

Soft Story Program - Regulations for Potentially Hazardous Buildings Containing Soft, Weak or Open Front Stories - The City of Berkeley requires owners of owners of soft, weak or open front (SWOF) buildings with five or more dwelling units to retrofit their buildings per Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 19.39. Owners were required to apply for a building permit by December 31, 2016 and have two years to complete the work after submitting their permit application. The law took effect January 4, 2014 and applies to wood frame buildings constructed prior to 1978.    [more...]

Guidelines for Transfer Tax Reductions For Qualifying Seismic Work -

  • Transfer Tax Rebate for Seismic Improvements brochure (PDF, 293k)
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    Retrofit Grants - The deadline to apply for the 2018 round of grants was June 25, 2018.  [more...]

    Brace and Bolt -

    Earthquake Brace + Bolt                                                                      

    The registration period for next year's program will be open from October 9 - November 13, 2018. Program information is available online at     Brace Bolt logo


    Unreinforced Masonry Buildings - Unreinforced masonry buildings are generally brick buildings constructed prior to modern earthquake-resistant design. The brick is not strengthened with embedded steel bars and is therefore called “unreinforced.” In earthquakes, the brick walls, especially parapets, tend to disconnect from the building and fall outward, creating a hazard for people below and sometimes causing the building to collapse. [more...]

    PACE - Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing [more...]

     The Building Occupancy Resumption Program (BORP)  -   [more...]

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