Soft-Story Seismic Retrofit Programs

To identify the possible seismic retrofitting requirements in your specific area, Core Contractors assembled important information for Wood Frame Seismic Retrofit Programs for Soft-Story structures in your specific area. For the most up to date information, please contact the municipality pages using the links provided or contact us should you need additional information.


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City of Burbank



The Burbank Municipal Code Title 9, Chapter 1, Article 7, Division 4 requires that Chapter A4 of the 2012 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) enforce a voluntary effort to provide seismic reinforcement as required. The City of Burbank recognizes the need to address the typical Soft-Story wood frame structure and reducing seismic damage of buildings of wood-frame soft-story construction in the event of an earthquake.

The structures being evaluated by the city for seismic retrofit and compliance have the following characteristics:

  • Wood-frame construction
  • Two or more stories
  • Transient occupant as defined in IEBC, R1.
  • Permanent occupants as defined in IEBC, R2 for more than 2 unit buildings. 
  • Ground floor contains a weak design with un-reinforced large opening for parking or similar.

No timeline has been established for compliance with the expectation for building owners to “step up” and comply. 

Additional information about the City of BURBANK PROPOSED Seismic Retrofit Program can be obtained here.

City of Burbank

Core Contractors has designed and developed exactly the program to meet the outlined criteria. Contract us here to have one of our engineers provide you with a no obligation free evaluation and if necessary an estimate to retrofit your structure.

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