Earthquake Brace+Bolt

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Next Steps

First 12-weeks

Once you have registered and qualified for CEA BB you have twelve weeks to hire a contractor or decide to do the work yourself as an owner-builder, and get a building permit. CEA BB does not require a policyholder to use a contractor or recommend any specific contractor to complete the retrofit work.

If you hire a contractor to do the retrofit work, you may choose from the Contractor Directory. Contractors on Directory are FEMA trained and are California licensed general contractors with a license type A or B. The Directory provides a resource to search for licensed contractors who are educated in seismic retrofitting in your area.  If you choose a contractor from the Directory you may authorize them to upload required documents on your behalf. You can do this from your online Policyholder Dashboard.

If you choose to use a contractor, the CSLB website has information on consumer resources including how to select a licensed and qualified contractorchecking a contractor licensenegotiating contracts for work to be done, preventing and resolving disputes, and how to obtain a building permit.

If you choose to do the work yourself, you will identify yourself as an owner-builder. As an owner-builder, you become the general contractor for your project and assume complete responsibility for the overall job, including state and federal taxes, workers' compensation insurance and other legal liabilities. You will be installing bolts into the foundation and plywood or oriented strand board (OSB) bracing along the stud wall (cripple wall) of your crawl space. DIYers are encouraged to view the education videos, which details the steps for installation of retrofit components.



Pre-Retrofit Phase (12 weeks)

  • Familiarize yourself with retrofit work that qualifies.
  • Call licensed contractors and schedule appointments
  • Meet with contractors and receive bids
  • Review/compare all bids, select a contractor
  • Contractors, in most cases, will get a building permit for you
  • Upload 3 photographs of the front of your house
  • Upload 3 photographs of the crawl space and cripple wall, if applicable, before the retrofit
  • Upload permit information, the building permit must be received and dated after acceptance into CEA BB Program.

 [IMPORTANT NOTE: Your building permit MUST reference "in accordance with..." an accepted Standard Plan Set (i.e. Standard Plan Set A or LA City Standard Plan Set #1) or "Chapter A3." If your house has cripple walls greater than 4-feet then you will need an engineered solution. In most cases, contractors will go to the building department and get a permit for you.



Retrofit and Post-Retrofit Phase

  • After receiving approval from CEA BB, initiate and complete the work within nine (9) months from the day you were accepted into the program.
  • Collect and submit the required documentation and upload it to your Homeowner Dashboard:
    • receipts for building permit fee
    • receipts for materials and supplies (if owner-builder)
    • contractor invoice broken out by labor, materials, overhead and profit
    • 2 photos of code-compliant strapped water heater
    • 1 photo of the crawl space access showing scale using ruler, yard stick, etc.
    • 3 photos of the crawl space after the retrofit work is completed
    • signed building permit after the work is completed
    • Payment Authorization Form
    • A completed and signed IRS W-9 form

      [IMPORTANT NOTE: Your building permit MUST reference "in accordance with..." an accepted Standard Plan Set (i.e. Standard Plan Set A or LA City Standard Plan Set #1). or "Chapter A3."]


  Step by Step Retrofit Information                                                              Permit / Building Department Information                                                    Owner Builder Receipts Verification Instructions                                    Owner builder Receipts Verification worksheet

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