Your building might be exempt if any of the following four conditions is true:
For the first three cases, you can complete and submit the Petition for Exemption Form by yourself. For the fourth case, you will need a design professional to review your building and complete the form. See the Petition for Exemption Form and the Instructions for details.
Submit your completed and signed form one of the following ways:
By U.S. Mail:
Once we receive your petition, we will review it within five days of submission. If we need further information, we will contact you. Upon review of your petition, we will send you an email statement confirming whether your building is exempt or subject to OMC 15.27.
Find quick answers through our Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit FAQ. You may also email us at MandatorySoftStoryRetrofit@oaklandca.gov.
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