Even though a permit is not required for the work, can I obtain a building permit to upgrade or retrofit my home to better resist earthquakes, especially if required by my Insurance?

  • Yes, the city will issue a building permit and inspect the work for earthquake retrofits. If the work is for installing anchor bolts, plates and/or straps to improve the connection of the house to the foundation, but is not based on an engineered design, the permit and inspections will state: “Voluntary non-engineered seismic upgrade to improve the lateral force resistance and/or anchorage of the building. The installation only validates the anchors, plates, straps, etc. are installed as recommended by the manufacturers, and does not represent a seismic upgrade meeting the requirements of the State Building Code.”

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1. Do I need a building permit to upgrade or retrofit my home to better resist earthquakes?
2. Even though a permit is not required for the work, can I obtain a building permit to upgrade or retrofit my home to better resist earthquakes, especially if required by my Insurance?
3. If I am going to retrofit all or part of my house to better resist earthquakes, do I have to bring the entire home up tp the current codes for earthquake resistance in effect today?
4. What do I need to obtain a permit?
5. How much does a permit cost?
6. What is the purpose of the permits and codes?
7. Do I have to have a license to do work on my own home?
8. If I use a contractor, why should I use a licensed contractor?
9. If I am having my project done by a licensed contractor, should I rely on my contractor to get the permits?
10. How long does it take to get a permit?
11. Do I have to have my plans drawn by a Professional Designer, Architect, or Engineer?
12. Why do I need inspections? Do I have to pay for these inspections?
13. How do I get an inspection?