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.