Burbank Seismic Retrofit Ordinance (Municipal Code 9-1-7-A300)

Seismic Retrofit Programs

The three mandatory programs affect commercial construction only. At this time, the ordinance affecting light wood-framed residential construction is voluntary. The requirements are located in Burbank Municipal Code Title 9, Chapter 1, Article 7.

Sec. 9-1-7-100 Unreinforced Masonry Buildings 
Sec. 9-1-7-200 Reinforced Concrete & Masonry Buildings
Sec. 9-1-7-600 Welded Steel Moment Frame Buildings

Sec. 9-1-7-A300 Seismic Strengthening of Cripple Walls and Sill Plate Anchorage of Light, Wood-Frame Residential Buildings 
Sec. 9-1-7-A400 Earthquake Hazard Reduction in Existing Wood Frame Residential Buildings with Soft, Weak or Open Front Walls (Soft-Story) 
Sec. 9-1-7-A500 Earthquake Reduction in Existing Concrete and Concrete with Masonry Infill Buildings 

Soft Story Multifamily Buildings

The Building Division held two Community Meetings in spring 2008 to discuss options for reducing risk in soft-story multifamily buildings: 

    March 31, 2008, Burbank Central Library Auditorium 

    February 28, 2008, City Council Chambers, City Hall 
Seismic Safety Commission Presentation

Structural Engineers Association Presentation

Frequently Asked Questions

Meetings Followup Letter


Southern California Earthquake Center  

California Institute of Technology Seismology Lab

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