San Jose

Wood-Frame Soft-Story Structures

The City of San Jose does not currently mandate the retrofit of wood-frame soft-story buildings; however, the City is working to develop a mandatory soft-story retrofit program. Plans were underway for the development of a soft-story seismic retrofit ordinance in June 2018 but no ordinance has been adopted.


It is anticipated that the scope of the City of San Jose soft-story seismic retrofit program will include wood-framed multi-story buildings with weak, flexible, or open ground stories constructed in 1978 or earlier. However, no formal scope has been made available to the public as of January 2022. 



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

City of San Jose Building Division
200 E. Santa Clara St.,San Jose, Ca 95113
Phone: 408.535.3500
Kristen Clements
Kemit Mawakana