Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program



What Is It?

The Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program was created by the California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP). EBB offers up to $3,000 for homeowners to seismically retrofit their houses. To be considered for participation in the program, homeowners must complete the qualification questions.

Why Should I Retrofit?
California has two-thirds of the nation's earthquake risk. Some 2,000 known faults crisscross the state, producing an average of 102 earthquakes a day – more than 37,000 a year. Certain structures that lack adequate bolting and bracing are more vulnerable to earthquake damage.

Older houses are often not bolted to their foundations and lack bracing on the wood framed exterior walls enclosing the crawl space. Houses without adequate bolting and bracing are prone to sliding or toppling off their foundation during an earthquake. This type of serious damage can be prevented with proper seismic retrofit of the crawl space.

How Much Does A Retrofit Cost?
The cost of a retrofit depends on the size of the cripple wall (height, length, width) and the cost of materials and labor. The cost also depends on whether there is any damage or rot in the existing wood-frame members of the house or if the foundation needs repair.  In 2015, the average retrofit cost of a brace and bolt retrofit in the Los Angeles area was between $3,000 and $4,500.
Which ZIP Codes Are Eligible?                                                                              

City of Los Angeles

90004, 90005, 90020, 90028, 90036, 90038, 90046, 90048

City of Santa Monica

90401, 90402, 90403, 90404, 90405

City of West Hollywood

90046, 90048, 90069


How Do I Register?
In order to participate in the program, EBB requires homeowners to confirm their house characteristics qualify through a series of questions. Homeowner registration will be open only through February 20.


Homeowners can also call (877) 232-4300 for more information or for a paper application.

When registration closes, participants will be chosen through a random drawing process. All homeowners will be notified through email if they have been selected to participate or have been placed on the waiting list.