19.38.020 Definitions.

For the purpose of this section, the following terms shall be defined as follows:

(a)    URM means unreinforced masonry.

(b)    Potentially hazardous URM building means a building:

1.    That was constructed prior to 1956, with masonry bearing walls that contain seismic reinforcement at a level less than the minimum prescribed in the City of Berkeley "Standards for the Seismic Analysis of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings" (in the Program’s Standards as set forth in this chapter), and is approved for commercial or mixed use occupancy; or

2.    That was constructed prior to 1956, with masonry bearing walls that contain seismic reinforcement at a level less than the minimum prescribed in City of Berkeley "Standards for the Seismic Analysis of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings," and contains five (5) or more living units; or

3.    That contains at least one brick in-fill wall and is located on a street in a high pedestrian traffic corridor; or

4.    That has a brick veneer ten (10) feet in height or greater (measured from the adjoining grade) and is located on a street in a high pedestrian traffic corridor;

5.    That has an unreinforced parapet that exceeds a one and one-half (1-1/2) height/depth ratio, and is located on a street in a high pedestrian traffic corridor.

(c)    Vacant building means any building that has remained vacant in whole or in part for six (6) or more months after the City of Berkeley has declared it unsafe, pursuant to any provision contained in Title 19 of the BMC, and ordered it secured to prevent unauthorized entry.

(d)    Inventory means the list of potentially hazardous unreinforced buildings in the City of Berkeley that have been identified by the building official as mandated by Government Code Section 8875.2(a). The inventory shall be maintained and revised as necessary by the building official. A copy shall be available for inspection in the office of the building official and in the office of the City Clerk.

(e)    Masonry construction means unit construction consisting of brick, concrete, block, tile, stone or similar material.

(f)    Performance standard, also referred to as the "technical standard," means the minimum acceptable seismic reinforcement level as set forth in Section 19.38.130.

(g)    Prescriptive standard means those predeveloped standard plans supplied by the City that comply with the performance standard that can be used to obtain a building permit and guide the retrofit of simple buildings, or buildings with in-fill walls, tall veneers or parapets.

(h)    Occupancy load shall be as defined in this code.

(i)    building official means the City Manager of the City of Berkeley or his/her designee.

(j)    Simple building means those buildings, one or two stories in height, with square or rectangular configuration, with side yard clearances on all sides.

(k)    Structural design professional means the following persons licensed by the State of California: structural engineers, civil engineers with prior building design or construction experience, or architects.

(l)    High pedestrian traffic corridor means those streets identified on the attached map (Exhibit A). (Ord. 6604-NS § 2, 2000)