The Department of Building Inspection (DBI) issued a reminder in August about the impending deadline for building owners to apply for permits to retrofit their soft-story buildings.
In 2013, San Francisco created the mandate for the soft-story retrofit program as part of an effort to ensure the city is more resilient when faced with the next big earthquake — a matter of when, not if. The requirement applies to so-called soft-story buildings, those with either three stories and 5–15 units or two stories and a basement.
Properties that are required to have the retrofit done but don’t meet the Sept. 15 deadline could face “code enforcement proceedings and having an earthquake warning placard posted … on your property,” according to the DBI.
Property owners with questions can contact DBI at 415-558-6699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.