Wood-Frame Soft-Story Structures

The City of Pasadena does not currently mandate the retrofit of wood-frame soft-story buildings; however, the City is working to develop a mandatory soft-story retrofit. Currently, the City is consulting with the Soft-Story Advisory Group to gain public input on the timeline, prioritization and details of the ordinance. As of November 2018, the ordinance is expected to be drafted by February 2019 and formally adopted by Spring 2019. See the links on this page for more information.


Proposed Ordinance Development Timeline (Projected Date >> Action)

September – October 2018 >> Conduct second meeting with the Soft-Story Advisory Group to obtain public input on the timelines, prioritization and applicability of the ordinance

October – November 2018 >> Meet with the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) to review the technical portions of the ordinance

October – November 2018 >> Conduct a community outreach meeting to solicit input on the draft regulations

December 2018 – January 2019 >> Present draft regulations to the Public Safety Committee for review and comment

January – February 2019 >> Present draft ordinance to City Council. Formal adoption of ordinance shall follow



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

Pasadena Planning and Community Development