Retrofit Information for Single Family & Duplex Wood-Frame Home Owners
An estimated 85% of Oakland’s existing residential buildings constructed prior to modern earthquake codes were adopted have not been strengthened to withstand a major earthquake. Yet, retrofitting works.
Your home is your biggest investment. Consider seismic retrofitting for single-family and duplex wood-framed homes built before 1979 to protect that investment.
What Can I Do?
Strengthen the walls between your foundation and the first floor on all sides through seismic retrofitting. See image at right. Click here for more information on how to strengthen foundations.
Take advantage of Oakland’s Flat Permit Fee of $ 250 for Single Family Home Retrofits using the Standard Plan Set for Residential Seismic Retrofitting. Click here to learn more about the Standard Plan Set.
THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IS NOW OFFERING GRANTS OF UP TO $3,000 FOR HOMEOWNER SEISMIC RETROFITS!
The statewide retrofit incentive program Earthquake Brace + Bolt is accepting registrants through FEBRUARY 27, 2017. This is not a City of Oakland administered program, but interested Oakland homeowners are encouraged to apply.
The City of Oakland's Earthquake-Safe Homes Program for 1-4 unit owner-occupied properties is no longer accepting applications as of February 17, 2017. If you applied for an ESHP grant and wish to access more information about the program, please click below:
Take steps to secure your water heater, cupboards and furniture. Click here for helpful hints on securements.
Develop a disaster plan and participate in emergency preparedness training. Consider organizing a CORE program in your neighborhood. Click here to learn more about the CORE preparedness training classes.
For questions regarding $250 Flat Permit Fee, permits, or code questions:
City of Oakland
Building Services Division
250 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Suite 2114
For Questions about the City's seismic grant programs:
City of Oakland
Housing and Community Development
Residential Lending and Rehabilitation Services
250 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, 6th Floor