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.