I want to do a kitchen remodel in Irvine California and need to remove a shear wall. The length of shear wall is about 6 feet and it is a drywall only. I have a wall in same direction that is not used for shear wall and I can change that wall to be a shear wall by adding plywood and hold downs. The house is built about 30 years ago. Does building department let me to do this or they will ask to bring the whole building to new code and analyze the whole building?
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