Soft Story Model Ordinance & Handbook

A large, soft-story apartment building with parking garage spaces on the first floor.
Peter Beeler

This report presents model ordinance provisions for a range of feasible soft story mitigation programs, consistent with California law and coordinated with the 2016 California Existing Building Code. The report includes background and commentary, as well as instructions for customizing the model provisions for a specific jurisdiction and notes on program implementation. It was created by the Association of Bay Area Governments.

It was last updated in 2015 and is useful for developing resilience policy and seismic safety.

Download the Soft Story Model Ordinance & Handbook (PDF).

Soft Story Retrofit Program Development Guide

This guide provides information gathered from local experience and recommended practices for how to understand the problem that soft story buildings pose for jurisdictions and the region.