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Getting Started

Accepted into the EBB Program -  What's Next

Once you have registered and have been notified you've been accepted into EBB, you will log on to your EBB Homeowner Dashboard. The Dashboard is where you will upload pre-retrofit and post-retrofit photos and documents for approval. The Dashboard will guide you through each step of your retrofit and notify you if you need to provide any additional information.

You will have 12 weeks (or 90 days) to gather pre-retrofit photos and documents, and to either hire a contractor from EBB's Contractor Directory or decide to do the work yourself as an owner-builder.

From the time EBB reviews and approves the pre-retrofit documentation you've uploaded to your Dashboard, you will have six months (or 180 days) to complete your retrofit.

Steps to an EBB Retrofit

After your registration is complete, and you've been accepted into the program, you will have 12 weeks to complete Phase One of the EBB retrofit. To stay on track, you may wish to follow this suggested timeline:

PHASE ONE: PRE-RETROFIT

You will have 12 weeks to submit the required pre-retrofit photos and documents, and choose how the retrofit work will be completed. Login and track your progress in your Homeowner Dashboard. 

Weeks 1-3 CEA BB

If you are going to hire a contractor to do the retrofit work, you must choose one from EBB’s Contractor Directory of licensed contractors educated in seismic retrofitting.

Interested in doing the work yourself? Learn more about what’s required of an Owner-Builder
If you are going to hire a contractor, schedule appointments

Weeks 4-6 CEA BB

Meet with contractors, receive and review bids.

  • Check your Homeowner Dashboard to see if you need to get more than one bid.
Meet with contractors, receive and review bids.
Weeks 7-8 CEA BB

Select a contractor, or become the owner-builder and do the work yourself.

  • If you hired a contractor, check your Homeowner Dashboard for instructions related to your bid(s).
  • If you are an owner-builder, review these do-it-yourself tips. As an owner-builder, you become the general contractor for your project and assume complete responsibility for the overall job.
Select a contractor and upload bid(s) to your dashboard. If you choose the higher bid, state the reason.
Weeks 9-11 CEA BB

AFTER you receive your EBB acceptance, get a building permit and upload it to your Homeowner Dashboard.

  • Important! You must get the building permit after your EBB acceptance date. If your permit is dated prior to your acceptance date, you will be disqualified from EBB.
  • Before you get your permit, check your Homeowner Dashboard for specific directions on what wording must be included on your building permit.
  • If you hired a contractor, they can get the building permit for you. 
As a do-it-yourselfer get an owner/builder permit, or have your contractor obtain a building permit (see Building Permit inset for information that must be included on permit).

You or your contractor must upload these items to your Homeowner Dashboard for approval:

  • Copy of your building permit
  • Plans/Drawings
  • Required photos of house exterior (Your Dashboard will provide you with specific instructions and examples of what’s required.)
  • Three photos of the crawl space before retrofit
  • Bid(s) if indicated on your Dashboard that it’s needed
  • Proof of occupancy, such as a utility bill
  • A completed W-9 form if indicated on your Dashboard that it’s needed
As a do-it-yourselfer get an owner/builder permit, or have your contractor obtain a building permit (see Building Permit inset for information that must be included on permit).

Important! To remain eligible to receive the EBB grant, do not begin your retrofit construction work before receiving EBB’s approval of your uploaded documents.

PHASE TWO: RETROFIT

During this six month period, you'll complete the Brace + Bolt retrofit of your home. 

6 Months after EBB approval

After EBB has approved your uploaded pre-retrofit documentation, you will have six months from that approval date to complete your retrofit.

If you are going to hire a contractor, schedule appointments

PHASE THREE: POST-RETROFIT

Within 30-days after completion of the retrofit, items must be submitted to EBB for payment using the online Homeowner Dashboard.

Retrofit + 30 days

Gather final documents and upload them to your Homeowner Dashboard:

  • Three photos of the crawl space showing the completed retrofit.
  • Photos of the exterior of your house, if indicated on your Homeowner Dashboard.
    • Important! Your Homeowner Dashboard will have exact instructions and examples for what must be included in your photos, or they will be rejected and you will need to resubmit before payment is approved for the grant.
  • Two photos of water heater strapping. If water heater is tankless, take two photos showing a properly installed heater; no strapping necessary.
  • One photo of the access to the crawl space.
  • An image of the signed building permit after the retrofit is complete.
  • Your contractor's invoice if a contractor did the work. Be sure the invoice is broken out by labor, materials, overhead and profit.
  • If you are a do-it-yourselfer, provide all receipts, such as for your building permit and any building materials and supplies you've purchased.
If you are going to hire a contractor, schedule appointments

PHASE FOUR: PAYMENT

Incentive payments typically will be mailed within four weeks following final approval by EBB.

Final Approval + 4 weeks

Follow directions on your Homeowner Dashboard for how to complete and submit an electronic Payment Authorization Form.

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