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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

Information about the City of Portland project to improve the earthquake safety of unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings.


UPDATE: Portland City Council passed a resolution on June 13, 2018 providing guidance to City staff on developing a mandatory seismic retrofit policy for unreinforced masonry buildings.

  • Click here to read the final resolution adopted by Council.
  • Click here to watch the full Council meeting. The URM discussion begins at the 03:03:30 mark.

Click here for a list and searchable map of URM buildings. 

Click here for a memo with seismic retrofit cost estimates for Class 3 URM buildings.

Click here for the URM Policy Committee's final report; click here for the URM Seismic Retrofit Support Committee's final report; and click here for the URM Retrofit Standards Committee's final report.

Click here to view public comments received in 2016 and click here to view public comments received in 2017.

Questions about the Council meeting? Email urms@portlandoregon.gov or contact 503-823-3739.


BDS URM Database

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