Earthquake Program

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The City of Milpitas Building and Safety Department offers a program to help you make your house safer. We will provide interested homeowners with a Prescriptive ("Cookbook") Plan Set that may be used to strengthen older homes and for obtaining their building permit. The Building Department will provide pre-construction and follow-up inspections to ensure that the construction is done properly. The cost of the program, which includes the Plan Set, permit fees and up to three inspections is in the Building Fee Schedule on page 9, and the fee name is Seismic Strengthening.

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Building seismic retrofit improvements are exempt from additional assessment by Santa Clara County. See the Claim for Seismic Safety Construction Exclusion from Assessment application (PDF) or contact County Assessors Office at 408-299-5300.