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Strengthening Unreinforced Masonry Buildings

Why do I have to strengthen my building?

What do I have to do?

Where do I start?

How long will my permit be active?

Can my permit include other work along with the structural strengthening?

How much will my permit cost?

Is there a list of engineers and contractors?

What is the sign I am supposed to have posted?

Has the deadline for sprinkler installation in the downtown core area changed?

What if I still have questions?

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Why do I have to strengthen my building?

The City established a program to reduce the hazards posed by unreinforced masonry buildings (URMs) in accordance with California State Laws.  During the 1990s, all URMs in the City of San Luis Obispo were identified and comprehensive structural analyses were completed.  Subsequently, deadlines for complete reinforcement were adopted, with changes to these deadlines following the San Simeon earthquake of December 2003.  The high concentration of URM buildings in the City’s downtown has prompted a renewed effort on the City’s part to address this hazard.

 

What do I have to do?

1. Make sure your building is posted with the required sign and that any leases entered into after 1/1/2005 include mandated language.

2. Complete all strengthening (Level B) by your deadline.

 

Where do I start?

Begin by reviewing your seismic strengthening permit. Discuss any changes or improvements you now wish to make with your engineer.

 

How long will my permit be active?

Your current seismic strengthening permit will remain valid until the work is completed or until your deadline, whichever comes first.

 

Can my permit include other work along with the structural strengthening?

Yes! Other improvements can be included with the request for structural strengthening.

 

How much will my permit cost?

A fee of $40 will be set for each plan review of a Building Permit application, each Planning Application for Architectural Review and each Building Permit.

 

Is there a list of engineers and contractors?

The city has developed a list of engineers and contractors interested in this type of work. However, the work of strengthening a building is not so technical as to necessitate specialized skills or equipment.  Put effort into using a contractor who works well with your engineer.

  

What is the sign I am supposed to have posted?

All URM buildings are required to have signs posted so that occupants and visitors have notice that they are entering an unreinforced masonry building.  Be sure your building is currently posted with the sign provided by the City.

 

Has the deadline changed for sprinkler installation in the downtown core area?

The new deadlines for strengthening URM buildings are also applicable to installation of sprinklers. Please consult the deadline list.

 

What if I still have questions?

If you have questions or wish to talk about the plans previously submitted to the City, please call Tim Girvin, Chief Building Official at 781-7159 or e-mail him at tgirvin@slocity.org.

 

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