Earthquake Brace+Bolt

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Building Departments

Earthquake Brace + Bolt program is designed to encourage homeowners to complete a code-compliant seismic retrofit of their older house.

Houses included in the program are those that conform to the latest California Existing Building Code. Chapter A3 (see pages 125-142) provides detailed descriptions of the building elements that need to exist and the prescriptive plans on completing a retrofit.

Homeowners participating in the program are advised they will need to obtain a building permit signed by a building official who has inspected and confirmed the retrofit was done in accordance with Chapter A3. Building officials are requested to ensure the permit's Scope of Work denotes the work will be performed "in accordance  with Appendix Chapter A3 or an approved standard plan set.”

EBB Program Overview for Building officials

Additional Resources:

Animation Video: Code-Compliant Chapter A3 Retrofit.

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