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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

Readiness. Response. Recovery.

Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947

Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Seismic Retrofit Project

MISSION: To protect Portland residents from the danger posed by the city's over 1,650 unreinforced masonry (URMs) buildings in an earthquake.


Want to help? We're accepting applications for the Unreinforced Masonry Building Work Group. Click here to learn more and submit an application. The URM Workgroup is charged with making recommendations to:

  • Reduce the life safety risks posed by URM buildings.
  • Reduce displacement following an earthquake.
  • Avoid displacement caused by seismic retrofit requirements. 

The application process is open until filled. 

Questions? Email urms@portlandoregon.gov or contact 503-823-4375.


APPLICATION: Unreinforced Masonry Building Work Group

The URM Workgroup is charged with making recommendations to reduce the life safety risks posed by URM buildings and to reduce displacement following a seismic event. The group must also seek to avoid displacement caused by seismic retrofit requirements.

Earthquake warning sign information

Information from the Portland Bureau of Development Services (BDS).

Get Involved

Here's how to get involved with the unreinforced masonry building project and provide feedback.

Why Are We Focusing On URMs?

Background on why the City of Portland is working on a mandatory seismic retrofit policy for unreinforced masonry buildings.

URM Building Locator

Click to be redirected to a searchable map and database of Portland URM buildings.