On October 10, 2018, City Council passed an ordinance that requires owners of unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings to place placards on their buildings and notify tenants of a URM building's status. You can find more information about this project here, including a GIS database of URMs. Check out our list of frequently asked questions here.
The purpose of the placards is to inform anyone entering the building that the building is a URM building and that URM buildings may be unsafe in the event of a major earthquake.
The deadlines for compliance are: January 1, 2019 for publicly-owned buildings; November 1, 2020 for URM buildings owned by non-profits; and March 1, 2019 for all other URM buildings.
For more information, contact Engineering Plan Review Supervisor Amit Kumar at (503) 823-7561.