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Seismic Safety Milestone Deadline Extensions for COVID-19 Response

For CEOs, chief legal counsel, facilities staff

The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) is granting extensions, upon request, to the construction milestones individual hospitals established with OSHPD as part of their 2020 seismic safety extensions. These extensions will be granted for hospitals that need additional time due to their response to COVID-19.

Under Assembly Bill 2190 (Chapter 673, Statutes of 2018), hospitals have until July 1, 2022, for replacement or retrofit or until January 1, 2025, to rebuild to meet the life safety seismic safety standard previously set for January 1, 2020. OSHPD may grant an adjustment to these requirements as necessary to deal “with acts of God.” 

OSHPD has indicated that a hospital’s response to the COVID-19 emergency will trigger the “act of God” provision and it will work with hospitals to establish new milestone deadlines. However, the new milestone dates are not automatic; hospitals must request additional time and work with OSHPD to develop new milestones.