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Seismic Safety Topic Listing

Seismic Hazard Zones - 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 have until December 31, 2016 to apply for a building permit and 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...]

Transfer Tax Reductions For Qualifying Seismic Work - New Guidelines for Transfer Tax Reductions For Qualifying Seismic Work Effective February 1, 2007  [more...]

Retrofit Grants -

Retrofit Grants for Seismically Vulnerable Buildings 


Brace and Bolt -   

Earthquake Brace and Bolt   


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...]

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

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

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