Private School Earthquake Program

Questions? Please Contact

Private School Seismic
Evaluation Program
Department of Building Inspection 

1660 Mission Street
First Floor, Window #10 
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 558 – 6699  

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Did you receive a Notice of Violation (NOV)? 

If you are a school administrator and have received a notice of violation in regards to your school, you have not reached compliance with the Private School Earthquake Program.

1. Your property has failed to meet the deadline required by SFEBC 329.4 requiring the submittal of evaluation report. Thus, your property is in violation of the requirements of the San Francisco existing Building Code regarding earthquake safety.

2. Your property will be assessed a monthly violation monitoring fee.

You are required to submit the evaluation report within 30 days of receiving the NOV to the Private School Seismic Evaluation Program at Window #8 at the ground floor at 1660 Mission Street.

For information, please e-mail or call 415-558-6699.

Failure to submit the documents as required by the ordinance can result in fines and attendance at a Director’s Hearing

Program Due Dates:

Private schools identified under this program needed to turn in the following documents by the required due dates below.

About the Private School Earthquake Program

Per the Private School Earthquake Program, Ordinance 202-14, existing private elementary and secondary schools in San Francisco are now required to obtain an earthquake evaluation of their campus.

The goal of this program is to ensure that all private school structures are safe for the students and staff who attend them. The program requires school to evaluate the seismic safety of their buildings and structures. Under State law, existing private schools are not required to meet the same rigorous safety requirements as public schools, thus calling for the need of this program.

According to a study by the California Seismic Safety Commission (SSC), 29.1% of school children in San Francisco attend private schools—the highest of California’s counties. These identified schools have been noticed as of November 2014.

Exceptions to the Required Evaluation Report

Depending on the use of the school building, there are three exceptions outlined in SFBC Section 3428, which include:

a. Evaluation is not required for buildings occupied by 25 or more persons for less than 12 hours per week or four hours in any given day.
b. Evaluation is not required for schools with an enrollment of 25 or fewer students.
c. Evaluation is not required for buildings not classified as Group “E” occupancy such as churches, places of religious worship, accessory residential buildings or similar non-educational uses.

Voluntary minimum life-safety retrofit is encouraged by the ordinance, but is not required. Detailed information on the voluntary retrofit process is found in SFBC Section 3428.5.




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