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Apply for Change of Compliance Tier - Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit

A Petition for Change of Compliance Tier allows an owner to show that the building that is subject to the Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Program is eligible for the later deadlines of a different Compliance Tier per the Oakland Municipal Code (OMC) Chapter 15.27

Before you Start

Please review the Petition Requirements below as requirements vary by Compliance Tier.

What to Do

Petition Requirements

How to Apply

  1. Step One: Complete the Form

    Download the Petition for Change of Compliance Tier form. Fill in all sections of the form and sign. Please follow the Petition for Change of Compliance Tier - Instructions for guidance on how to correctly complete the form.

    Make sure all sections are filled in correctly before submitting. Any incomplete or incorrectly filled forms must be revised and resubmitted.

    Petition for Change of Compliance Form
  2. Step Two: Submit Form

    Submit your completed and signed form one of the following ways:

    By email:

    By U.S. Mail:

    • Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Program
      250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 2340
      Oakland, CA 94612
  3. Step Three: Application Review

    Once we receive your application, we will review your petition within five days of submission. If we need further information, we will contact you. Upon review of your application, we will send you an email statement confirming whether your building qualifies for a change of Compliance Tier per OMC 15.27.

Need to Know


Find quick answers through our Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit FAQ. You may also email us at MandatorySoftStoryRetrofit@oaklandca.gov.


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