San Francisco Seismic Retrofit Deadlines Approaching

Procrastination is an ailment that we all can occasionally fall victim to. Whether it is writing a school paper, paying your taxes or seismically retrofitting your building, eventually these things must get done. However, some procrastination has graver consequences than others, none more so than delaying the compliance of the San Francisco mandatory seismic retrofit mandate of soft story buildings, where losing lives and property are the real repercussion.

The deadline for submitting engineering plans for approval for seismic retrofitting in San Francisco is rapidly approaching. September 15th is only a few months away yet there are nearly 2,000 buildings in the city that have no proposed engineering plans submitted SFDBI (San Francisco Department of Building and Inspection).  It is important to remember that this a mandatory ordinance, so eventually procrastination transform into action.

Understandably, nobody really likes to be told what to do. This is especially true when you are the property owner and you realize it may cost you thousands of dollars to complete a retrofit. However, the safety of your building and those who reside in it cannot be short changed. So if this mandatory ordinance is causing you stress, the best way to handle that is to address it head on. Pull that band aid and call the professionals at Penhall Company, a reliable design-build firm that can handle your seismic retrofit from concept to completion.

Penhall Company was established in 1957 and for 60 years has been setting that standard of excellence in the construction industry. Penhall Company Seismic Service offers customers all the the benefits of a larger company, while still providing the close personal attention of a small firm. Our team of professional engineers and project managers work side by side to help you through the seismic retrofitting process. Penhall Company Seismic Services aims to make this process as easy on you as possible.

The deadline is rapidly approaching so the time to act is now.  If you received a notice to comply and do not submit your plans by September 15th, your building will soon display a large sign that reads “Earthquake Warning”. If that is not enough of a deterrent, owners will then be asked to appear and explain to the city why they have not complied. Finally, fines will be issued if owners do not bring their buildings up to proper code. In short, this mandate is not going away so it is recommended that you are proactive in complying with it.  For more information on the Mandatory Soft Story Program in San Francisco visit their website at

For additional information on Penhall and the services we provide, visit our  seismic retrofit page or call us now at 415-619-3204 to schedule your free property assessment!


San Francisco Chronicle | For SF landlords, deadline looms to retrofit soft-story buildings

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