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Program Rules

EBB Program Rules

In order to participate in the Earthquake Brace + Bolt program, homeowners, contractors, and design professionals are required to agree to and follow the EBB Program Rules and Terms of Use. A summary of the Program Rules and link to the complete Rules is included below.

For homeowners these include but are not limited to the following:

  • The house must be located within one of EBB's designated program ZIP Codes.
  • The house must meet all the qualifications for the EBB program. It is the homeowner's responsibility to accurately answer all qualifying question on the registration form.
  • The house must be the participant's primary residence, and they must be the legal owner of record.
  • Only one EBB registration per household is allowed.
  • The house must meet the structural requirements of a California Existing Building Code (CEBC), Chapter A3 (pages 125 - 142) retrofit, which is done completely in the crawl space around the perimeter of the foundation.
  • For houses with cripple walls 4-feet or less, a contractor or homeowner may complete the retrofit using an approved standard plan set.
  • For houses with cripple walls taller than 4-feet, an engineered solution is required, meaning you will need to find a Design Professional to provide a plan for your retrofit.
  • You have not already completed a "brace and bolt" earthquake retrofit of your house prior to being accepted into EBB.
  • The building permit must be received and dated after your acceptance into EBB.
  • The building permit must state the retrofit is in accordance with CEBC Chapter A3 or an accepted Standard Plan Set (i.e. Standard Plan Set A or LA City Standard Plan Set #1). If the retrofit is an engineered solution, the signed and stamped letter from the engineer must state the retrofit is in accordance with CEBC Chapter A3.
  • No partial CEBC Chapter A3 retrofits are allowed.
  • Type 2 Qualifying House must be constructed in part on concrete slab(s) on grade.
  • In addition to the brace and bolt retrofit, the work must include strapping and bracing the water heater.
  • The homeowner must meet all program deadlines and submit the required documentation.
  • If a homeowner chooses to hire a contractor to do the EBB retrofit, the contractor must be listed on the EBB Contractor Directory.
  • If a homeowner is working with a contractor and receives a bid for the retrofit that is more than $10,000, the homeowner must get two bids from contractors on the EBB Contractor Directory. If the higher bid is chosen, the homeowner must state the reason.
  • If a homeowner chooses to do the project as an owner/builder, labor will not be reimbursed.
  • The house must successfully pass a final inspection by a local building inspector, confirming the retrofit was done in accordance with CEBC Chapter A3.
  • The retrofit may not receive any other grant funding from any other program for the retrofit.

Funding and Photos

Funding for EBB retrofit grants comes from two different sources: the California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP) or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Once you've been accepted into EBB, you will have access to a Homeowner Dashboard, where you will see if the program you are in is funded by CRMP or FEMA. For each funding source, there are different requirements regarding photos of the exterior of your house. You will be able to upload these images to EBB through your Homeowner Dashboard. Look for specific instructions on your Homeowner Dashboard for what must be included in the images.

  • CRMP-funded program: Before the retrofit begins, provide three photos of the exterior of the house—a photo of the front of the house and one of each side. All pre-retrofit photos and documents will be reviewed by EBB. You will have nine months from the day you were accepted into the program to complete the retrofit.
  • FEMA-funded program: Provide EBB five photos of the exterior of the house (see examples here), with a date stamp, taken before the retrofit begins. These photos, along with your registration, will be forwarded to FEMA for review. After receiving approval from FEMA (approximately four-to-ten weeks after submission), EBB will inform you that your retrofit may begin. You will have six months from that day to complete the retrofit. An additional five photos of the exterior of the house must be taken with a date stamp and submitted after the retrofit work is completed.

Additional photos of the crawl space under your house, the access to the crawl space and a properly strapped water heater are required in both the CRMP and FEMA programs. Look for specific instructions on your Homeowner Dashboard or the Program Rules for what must be included in the images.

Homeowners should also be aware of rules their contractor must follow--and, if needed, design professional.

For contractors these include but are not limited to the following:

  • Contractors must perform all EBB retrofit work in accordance with CEBC Chapter A3 or Standard Plan Set A or Los Angeles City Standard Plan Number One or an engineered plan.
  • All retrofit work is done completely in the crawl space around the perimeter of the foundation.
  • Contractors must ensure that each building permit for an EBB retrofit includes the required references to CEBC Chapter A3 or Standard Plan Set A or Los Angeles Standard Plan Number One for a Type 1 Qualifying House or the required references to engineered plans for a Type 2 Qualifying House.
  • Contractors must be listed in the EBB Contractor Directory to be eligible to do EBB retrofit work. To be listed in the EBB Contractor Directory, contractors must be licensed by the State of California and have successfully completed the FEMA training.
  • Contractors may be removed from the Directory in the event EBB determines that the Participating Contractor has failed to meet the program requirements.
  • Contractors must ensure all submissions (e.g., plans, design, letters) completed for an EBB retrofit are in accordance with Chapter A3 of CEBC.
  • Contractors must not be barred by the State of California or the federal government from bidding on, accepting, or performing any State of Californian or federal-government- funded public works contracts, either as a contractor or subcontractor.
  • Contractors must demonstrate a commitment to work within the local jurisdiction’s building construction process.

EBB has no obligation to maintain, keep current, or monitor licensing, financial condition, contracts, or competence of any Contractor or Design Professional listed on any directory or any other Contractor or Design Professional hired by a Participating Homeowner.

For Design Professionals (engineers and architects) these include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Design Professionals must ensure all submissions (e.g., plans, design, letters) completed for an EBB retrofit are in accordance with Chapter A3 of CEBC.
  • Design Professionals must not be barred by the State of California or the federal government from bidding on, accepting, or performing any State of California or federal-government-funded public works contracts, either as a contractor or subcontractor.
  • Design Professionals must demonstrate a commitment to work within the local jurisdiction’s building construction process.
  • Design Professionals may be removed from the Directory in the event EBB determines that the Design Professional has failed to meet the program requirements.

EBB has no obligation to maintain, keep current, or monitor licensing, financial condition, contracts, or competence of any Contractor or Design Professional listed on any directory or any other Contractor or Design Professional hired by a Participating Homeowner.

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