On October 10, 2018, City Council passed an ordinance that requires owners of unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings to place placards on their buildings. You can find more information about this project here, including a GIS database of URMs.
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 ordinance also requires URM building owners to provide similar notification to their tenants.
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.