Owners of nearly 800 soft-story buildings yet to comply with seismic mandate on eve of deadline

Owners of nearly 800 soft-story buildings have yet to comply with The City’s Friday deadline to make seismic upgrades to their properties.

Failure to meet the deadline will result in penalties from the Department of Building Inspection, which is overseeing the program. As soon as next week, city inspectors will post on the buildings yet to comply notices of violation and “Earthquake Warning” placards. Ultimately, The City could assess liens on the properties.

Friday’s mandate applies to soft-story buildings with either three stories and five to 15 units, or two stories and a basement, which The City refers to as Tier 3 buildings.

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DBI data provided Thursday shows that property owners of 769 buildings required to comply have yet to submit their permits while the remaining 2,697 have complied. Property owners have until September 2019 to complete the work, but must submit the permit applications and work plans by Friday.

“DBI remains hopeful that the owners of the remaining non-compliant Tier 3 buildings will come in today and tomorrow, and thus meet the required Tier 3 legal deadline,” DBI spokesperson Bill Strawn told the San Francisco Examiner on Thursday morning. “We received a substantial number of compliance applications and plans this past week, and look forward to having the remaining non-compliant owners come in today and tomorrow; we are ready to receive these.”

The numbers have improved since the end of July, when DBI said 1,450 had to yet comply.

In the past week, about 262 new applications were submitted, dropping the non-compliant buildings from 1,031 to 769.

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