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Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Program

Photos of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (URM) and Retrofits

URM Program Protects Our House and Business

The Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Program helps property owners comply with the City of San Diego's URM Ordinance. The goal of this safety ordinance is to save lives by minimizing the possibility of potential collapse of URM buildings during an earthquake. January 1, 2006 is the date by which the URM building owners are required to comply with the mandatory provisions of the City of San Diego URM Regulations. Additional seismic strengthening may be required based upon triggering mechanism associated with remodeling, renovation or change of occupancy.

The "Earthquake Hazard Reduction in Existing Buildings" was adopted by City Council on November 9, 1992. The ordinance established a program for mitigation of seismic hazards associated with buildings containing unreinforced masonry bearing walls. For the full text of the City of San Diego URM Regulations see San Diego Municipal Code [SDMC] Chapter 14, Article 5, Division 37 (PDF).

Below is a list of information regarding the City of San Diego's Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Program as related to URM buildings. For questions about the URM Program, you can contact Mehdi Shadyab, P.E., URM Program Coordinator at 619-446-5067.