Mountain View

Wood-Frame Soft-Story Structures

Mountain View does not currently mandate the retrofit of wood-frame soft-story buildings; however, the City is working to develop a soft-story retrofit program. It is anticipated that the program will be mandatory, however, no ordinance has been adopted as of January 2022.

Potential Scope

Based on a Study Session held by City Council in June 2019, it is anticipated that Mountain View’s wood-frame soft-story retrofit program will apply to existing buildings that have the following characteristics:

  • Ground-floor wood-frame construction with an open layout

  • Minimum of two stories

  • Three or more dwelling units on a single parcel of land

  • Constructed prior to approximately 1980

Based on a May 2018 Mountain View Soft Story Study Report, it is estimated that approximately 488 buildings within the City of Mountain View would fall within the scope of this potential ordinance.



Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Phone: 626.696.4650

Mountain View Building and Fire Inspection
Phone: 650.903.6313