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October 25, 2005 Public Hearing:

  1. Ordinance to Establish an Inventory of Potentially Hazardous Buildings Containing Soft, Weak, or Open Front Stories and to Adopt Chapter A4 of the 2003 International Existing Building Code with Amendments

The Department of Planning and Development is proposing a new “Soft Story Ordinance” as Chapter 19.39 of the Berkeley Municipal Code. The proposed ordinance would:

  • Add the buildings identified by the City’s survey as containing five or more residential units and a soft, weak, or open front ground floor to the City’s official Inventory of Potentially Hazardous Buildings;
  • Adopt 2003 IEBC Chapter A4 with amendments as the standards for the engineering analysis of seismic deficiencies;
  • Require the owner to submit within two years an engineering report to determine whether the building measures up to the new standards and, if not, how it can be retrofitted to do so;
  • Provide for appeals, notice to owners, and owner posting of warning signs and notification of occupants; and
  • Require recording of the notice with the County.

Copies of Chapter A4 are on file with the City Clerk and are open to public inspection.

The first reading of the ordinance will be at the regular City Council meeting on October 18, 2005. As required by Government Code Section 50022.3, a public hearing is scheduled during the regular City Council meeting on October 25, 2005.  Upon conclusion of the public hearing, the Council may, at its discretion, hear, approve and adopt a second reading of the ordinance.

For further information, please contact Dan Lambert at (510) 981-7406 or go to the Planning Department web site at www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/buildingandsafety.


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City Clerk Department
2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, California  94704
Telephone (510) 981-6900; TDD (510) 981-6903; Fax (510) 981-6901
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
E-mail:
clerk@ci.berkeley.ca.us
Graphic: New Information Note: Some City buildings and services will be closed to the public on holidays and reduced services days. Access the City's Holiday and Reduced Service Days Schedule.