Soft-Story Retrofitting is Absolutely Mandatory in Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles signed the Mandatory Retrofit Program under Ordinance 183893 last November of 2015, prescribing the retrofitting of wooden-framed apartment structures to better withstand unpredicted seismic activities. Buildings that are at risk of complete structural failure in the event of major earthquakes, are to be mandatorily upgraded within a finite time frame. 

As a result of this ordinance, many cities in the region have also required the same soft story retrofit  Los Angeles has passed into law. This is in an effort to reduce the risks of catastrophic devastation and to safeguard residents from possible loss of life that has been inflicted by large earthquakes such as the Northridge quake back in 1994

Getting a soft story retrofit for your building will not only secure the lives of your tenants, and save your property from a costly lawsuit, but it could also reduce your insurance premium. Apart from that, you can get tax breaks, grants, and financial aid to assist you in getting the earthquake-proofing your building needs. If you’re short on budget, you could also get help from your tenants for these upgrades for up to 50%. 


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  • Soft Story
  • Inspection
  • Seismic
  • Earthquake


Below we’ve covered the compliance dates based on the date of receipt of the notice: 

From the receipt of the notice to comply: 

  • 2 years: Submit documents of precious retrofit, and future plans to retrofit, or demolish. 
  • 3 ½ years: Secure permit to begin construction or demolition.
  • 7 years: Finalize retrofit construction and/or repairs.


A building is considered a soft story if it has an open first floor, such as an open storefront, ground-level parking, or subterranean parking, with at least one or more floors. These types of structures are thus required for a soft story retrofit.

Soft story retrofit plans that our team has experience with include, steel moment frame, concrete footing installation, continuity ties installation, plywood shear walls installation, and replacement of finishes as required by the preceding services mentioned. 

Contact our specialists today to get a free consultation on how you can properly secure your home. 


Consultation With Specialist

Don’t worry, this step is completely free. Our experts will be ready to answer any of your questions. Once you’ve decided to work with us, you’re ready for the next step!

Schedule Free Evaluaton

Register with our online form to schedule an appointment for an inspection. Our representatives will work with you to find your most convenient schedule.

Our Expert will Evaluate and Design a Plan

Our specialists will personally visit your home and conduct a 1-hour inspection to design a retrofitting plan for you.

We Repair Your Home's Foundation

The final step to enjoying a worry-free foundation and a fully earthquake-proof apartment building. Just sit back, relax and let Retrofitters Los Angeles do the work!


Getting a soft story retrofitting is not an alternative, it’s the law.”

Save yourself from lawsuits by securing a soft story retrofitting as soon as now. We can do an inspection and provide a rough estimate so you can see it for yourself. You’ll be surprised that upgrading your apartment’s foundation doesn’t cost as much as having to face lawsuits or getting an extra premium for insurance. 

While we are confident with our pricing and service quality, it’s best to check if you qualify for government assistance, like the Earthquake Brace + Bolt program, so you can cut back more on costs. 

Our goal is to provide solutions to your problem with a process that’s frustration-free and efficient. Let us help you come up with the right retrofitting plan for your apartment!

Why choosE uS?

  • We’re a Team of Experienced Professionals

Retrofitters Los Angeles has a team of experienced soft story retrofitting engineers and inspection specialists. We provide a full range of structural repair and retrofitting solutions, be it residential or multi-family dwellings. We strive to offer the best possible customer experience during every retrofitting project.

  • We Are Committed to Providing Transparent Service

If you have been oversold by soft story contractors in the past, give us the chance they don’t deserve! Rest assured that our specialists will only offer what you need. We’re upfront and transparent. We’ll show up on time and provide you with a comprehensive plan, along with a rough estimate of your costs. It’s our goal to become the one of most reliable foundation companies in Los Angeles. As such, we always see to it that we gain respect and confidence from our clients by doing the right thing, always!

  • We Custom Design the Exact Solution for Your Needs and Budget

No matter your plans in upgrading your soft story retrofitting, we got your back! Our Specialists will find the right mix of safety, affordability, and functionality to achieve your goals.

Why does this make us different from the rest? We have encountered lots of apartment owners who come to us with an already planned concept or already drawn-up designs, which, unfortunately, won’t fulfill what they’re looking for. Because we can inspect, engineer, plan, and build, we won’t just do everything without giving any thought to the cost and the end result. Our experts will work with you to help you get exactly what you need at a reasonable cost.

Talk to our representative today to schedule an inspection or request an estimate.


Our goal is to provide solutions to your problem with a process that’s frustration-free and efficient. Let us help you come up with the right retrofitting plan for your home



We just had our newly bought home in east Los Angeles retrofitted by Retrofitters Los Angeles. The team was excellent in answering all our questions and explaining what was being done to our home. We have no complaints as the team showed up as scheduled and fixed the job on time!



After talking with several contractors, I’m glad I chose to work with Retrofitters Los Angeles for an earthquake retrofit for my three properties. I loved how the team instantly designed a plan that was right for my budget. Many thanks



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Retrofitters Los Angeles is not just your typical foundation repair company, we’re a team of like-minded individuals that are committed to providing the best service experience to homeowners & busting the contractor stereotype while doing so. '

Unlike many foundation companies, we do not incentivize our inspection specialists to oversell repair recommendations. Having complete transparency with our projects is our commitment and pride. You can rest easy that our experienced engineers will provide you with the solution you need!