West Hollywood

Non-Ductile Concrete Structures

The city of West Hollywood does not currently have any mandate for the retrofit of wood-frame soft-story buildings or non-ductile concrete buildings. However, work is underway to identify existing vulnerable buildings and to develop a seismic retrofit program intended to reduce the risk of earthquake-related damage and ensure life safety in the city’s commercial and multifamily buildings. See the links on this page for information on the program’s progress and key dates.


The city has developed a two-phase program intended to take a proactive approach to earthquake hazard mitigation. Phase One of the seismic program involves a comprehensive survey of existing buildings to identify vulnerable structures. Phase Two of the program involves the development of a retrofit ordinance that is intended to lessen the potential for catastrophic damage to the buildings identified in Phase One. The city of West Hollywood has not yet published information regarding applicable building types, whether the ordinance will be issued on a voluntary or mandatory basis, or associated deadlines.


To date, there has been no timeline established for the creation of the ordinance(s) or for notification to building owners. Refer to the links on this page for more information.



Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Phone: 626.696.4650
E-mail: seismicordinances@wje.com

West Hollywood Seismic Building Survey Project Manager
8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: 323.848.6892
E-mail:  czabala@weho.org