The City of Pasadena adopted a mandatory soft-story retrofit in May 2019. See here for the City of Pasadena Mandatory Seismic Strengthening Provisions for Existing Wood-Frame Buildings with Soft, Weak, or Open-Front Walls.
Pasadena’s mandatory wood-frame soft-story program applies to existing buildings that have the following characteristics:
- Wood-frame construction
- Construction permit was applied for on or prior to November 12, 1976
- Five or more dwelling units
- The ground floor or basement portion of the structure contains parking or other similar open floor space that causes soft, weak, open-front wall lines.
Pasadena has established building-tier classifications to prioritize retrofit efforts in order of the apparent risk associated with damage to the structure. Orders were issued according to the priority levels outlined below.
|BUILDING TYPE||DATE OF NOTICE|
|Priority I||3 or more stories, 25 or more dwelling units, or qualified historic buildings (any size or number of units)||December 5, 2019|
|Priority II||10 to 24 dwelling units||December 2, 2020|
|Priority III||2-story buildings with 5 to 9 units||
March 3, 2021
Pasadena requires that wood-frame soft-story building retrofits adhere to the timeline shown below. The deadline to submit retrofit plans and obtain a building permit was extended from 3 to 4 years after Notice by Resolution 9774 as a COVID-related time limit extension.
|BEGIN PROCESS||Notice issued to Owner|
|1 YEAR AFTER NOTICE||Deadline to submit screening form completed by a licensed civil or structural engineer if building owner believes the building is exempt from the ordinance (optional)|
|4 YEARS AFTER NOTICE||Deadline to submit retrofit plans and obtain permit|
|7 YEARS AFTER NOTICE||Deadline to complete construction|
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