Frequently Asked Questions
- Is a building permit needed for residential earthquake retrofitting?
Most Southern California localities DO require a building permit for residential seismic retrofitting, which typically includes house bolting and cripple wall bracing. Some of the localities that require a permit are: Los Angeles County (The un-incorporated areas), Anaheim, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Compton, Cudahy, Culver City, El Monte, El Segundo, Glendale, La Puente, Long Beach, Los Angeles (Including: Angelino Heights, Atwater Village, Beachwood canyon, Bel Air, Beverlywood, Boyle Heights, Brentwood, Canoga Park, Carthay Circle, Carthay Square, Cheviot Hills, Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Encino, Glassell Park, Hancock Park, Highland Park, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Larchmont, Laurel canyon, Los Feliz, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Mount Olympus, Mount Washington, North Hollywood, Pacific Palisades, Pacoima, Playa Del Rey, Reseda, Rancho Park, San Pedro, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, South Carthay, Studio City, Tarzana, Toluca Lake, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Venice, West Los Angeles, Westchester, Westwood, Wilmington), Monrovia, Norwalk, Pasadena, Redlands, Redondo Beach, Santa Ana, Santa Monica, San Marino, South Pasadena, Torrance, West Hollywood, Whittier and Yorba Linda.
- How are mudsills secured to the foundation in older homes?
In most pre-1937 homes, the mudsill is not connected to the foundation in any way. Hard to believe, isn't it?
Most typical earthquake retrofits, foundation bolting and cripple wall bracing take only one to three days to complete.
Most typical earthquake retrofits, foundation bolting and cripple wall bracing cost between $3,000 to $5,000.