News | City of West Hollywood

2022-07-16 00:13:07 By : Mr. Qiang zhang

The City of West Hollywood invites residential and commercial property owners to attend the upcoming West Hollywood Virtual Seismic Retrofit Grant Workshop where property owners will be provided with eligibility and application information about the retrofit grant program made possible by funds received through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program from FEMA and Cal OES. If eligible, property owners can receive up to $5,000 in design grants and up to $20,000 in construction grants. The amount of available grant funding depends on the type and cost of the project. More information is available at

The West Hollywood Seismic Retrofit Grant Workshop will take place virtually on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 5 p.m. via the Zoom platform. Go to and click on “Join A Meeting.” The webinar ID is: 883 5947 4321 and the passcode is 952028.

The City of West Hollywood takes a proactive approach to seismic safety. While no building is absolutely earthquake-proof, retrofitting buildings will save lives, protect property, and minimize damage in the event of a major earthquake. The City of West Hollywood Building and Safety Division received a Hazard Mitigation Grant for seismic retrofitting of soft story wood, non-ductile concrete and Pre-Northridge Steel Moment Frame Buildings from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Grants are available for new retrofit projects for buildings that are currently listed on the City's Seismic Retrofit survey list. 

As background, in 2017, the West Hollywood City Council formally adopted two Ordinances establishing a framework for the seismic retrofit of three types of existing buildings: wood-frame buildings with soft, weak, or open front wall lines; non-ductile concrete building; and, pre-Northridge steel moment frame buildings. In April 2018, the City uploaded, to its online open data portal, a visual survey of properties subject to the Ordinances. At that time, property owners were required to demonstrate that their buildings were in compliance with the Ordinances and, if not, were required to seismic retrofit their buildings.

For additional information about the City’s mandatory seismic retrofitting program and for a visual survey of properties subject to the Ordinances, please visit 

For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s Seismic Retrofit Ordinances, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Building and Safety Division, at (323) 848-6848 or at For more information about the WeHo Seismic Retrofit Grant Program, visit, call (323) 848-6309, or email For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

For up-to-date information about City of West Hollywood news and events, follow @wehocity on social media, sign-up for news updates at, and visit the City’s calendar of meetings and events at The City of West Hollywood remains in a declared local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. West Hollywood City Hall is open for walk-in services at public counters or by appointment by visiting City Hall services are accessible by phone at (323) 848-6400 and via website at The City’s coronavirus updates are available at

For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about the City of West Hollywood, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Public Information Officer, Sheri A. Lunn, at (323) 848-6391 or

Website Design by Granicus - Connecting People and Government