Department of Building Inspection Annual Report Fiscal Year 2016-2017 - Page 17

Feature Stories Mandatory Soft Story Program Outreach Established in 2013, the innovative Mandatory Soft Story Program is a community-based effort led by DBI to retrofit older, wood-framed, multi-family buildings with a soft-story condition. These buildings are susceptible to strong damage during an earthquake and are at risk of collapse. The 4,918 buildings encompassed by the program house 115,000 residents citywide. Properties identified under the program are divided into four tiers. Outreach for 2016-17 focused on the nearly 3,500 buildings classified as Tier 3—three-story buildings with five to 15 units. Property owners were required to submit permit applications by September 15, 2017. By the end of the deadline date, 86 percent of property owners had complied. In the coming years, DBI will be working with property owners to conduct final inspections for completion of work and issuance of a Certificate of Final Completion. Compliance Tier Submittal of Permit Application Completion of Work and Issuance of Certificate of Final Completion 1 – Buildings containing educational, assembly, or residential care facility uses September 15, 2015 September 15, 2017 2 – Buildings with 15 or more dwelling units September 15, 2016 September 15, 2018 3 – Three-story buildings with five to 15 units September 15, 2017 September 15, 2019 4 – Buildings with ground floor commercial uses or located in mapped liquefaction zones September 15, 2018 September 15, 2020 Department of Building Inspection, Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Annual Report 17