Los Angeles Buildings Targeted For Earthquake Refit
Brokers, property managers and landlords of Los Angeles: be aware that an updated list from the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (DBS) has arrived. The list identifies thousands of buildings that may potentially require earthquake retrofitting, including those sporting “tuck-under parking” designs and other popular constructions that are especially susceptible to collapse in earthquake conditions. The list contains over 23,000 addresses.
Buildings that are most vulnerable have been identified with the following criteria:
- Consist of 2 or more stories wood frame construction
- Built under building code standards enacted before January 1, 1978
- Contains ground floor parking or other similar open floor space
How Do I Get The List?
You can get to the list in two ways. The Los Angeles Times has published a searchable website that you can use after the link. You can also obtain the entire list by request to the DBS by contacting the LADBS Custodian of Records at (213) 482-6770, or email [email protected].
Soft Story Construction Targeted
In October 2015, Los Angeles passed an ordinance requiring retrofitting for “non-ductile concrete and soft-story wood frame” buildings. According to law blog JD Supra, inclusion on the list does not mandate retrofitting; it requires only that building owners within one year of receipt of formal notice from DBS prepare a structural analysis showing whether their buildings meet the earthquake standards promulgated in the ordinance. Further, appearance on the list does not constitute notice, says the JDSupra piece penned by Tetlo Emmen and Alfred Fraijo.