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Can I Get An Extension for the SB 721 Inspection Deadline?

Updated: 6 days ago

This legislation, designed to ensure the safety of balconies and other elevated elements, has brought about numerous questions for property owners. A common concern we hear is, "Can I get an extension for the SB 721 inspection deadline?" While the answer isn't always straightforward, let's explore the possibilities and guide you through the process.

Understanding SB 721's Inspection Deadlines

First and foremost, it's important to understand that SB 721 sets firm deadlines for initial and subsequent inspections.

  • Initial Inspection:

  • For most properties: The deadline was January 1, 2025.

  • For buildings with permits submitted after January 1, 2019: The initial inspection must occur within six years of the date of the certificate of occupancy.

  • Subsequent Inspections:

  • Every six years for wood-framed elements

  • Every nine years for non-wood framed elements (e.g., concrete or steel)

These deadlines are crucial for ensuring the timely identification and repair of any potential safety hazards associated with your balconies or other elevated elements.

Can I Get an Extension?

SB 721 does not explicitly provide for automatic extensions. However, there are specific circumstances where an extension might be granted:

  • COVID-19 Impacts: Recognizing the challenges posed by the pandemic, California extended the initial inspection deadline for certain properties affected by COVID-19.

  • Natural Disasters: If your property has been affected by a natural disaster, you may be able to request an extension from your local enforcement agency.

  • Permitting Delays: If you experience significant delays in obtaining permits for repairs, this could potentially be a factor in requesting an extension.

How to Request an Extension?

If you believe your property qualifies for an extension, you'll need to contact your local enforcement agency (typically the city or county building department). It's crucial to provide supporting documentation, such as:

  • Evidence of COVID-19 impact: This could include documentation of delays due to restrictions, material shortages, or labor shortages.

  • Proof of natural disaster impact:  Documentation such as insurance claims or repair estimates can be helpful.

  • Permitting delays: Provide copies of permit applications and any correspondence with the relevant authorities.

Remember: There's no guarantee of approval, and it's always best to comply with the original deadlines if possible.

Prioritizing Safety and Compliance

While extensions may be possible in certain situations, the most important aspect is ensuring the safety of your property and its residents. Even if you're granted an extension, it's crucial to address any safety concerns promptly.

Here are some tips for navigating the SB 721 compliance process:

  • Start Early: Don't wait until the last minute to schedule your inspection. Early planning allows for ample time to address any necessary repairs.

  • Partner with Professionals: Consider working with a qualified inspector like EEEadvisor. We can help you understand the specific requirements for your property and ensure compliance.

  • Proactive Maintenance: Implement a regular maintenance program for your balconies and other elevated elements to prevent small issues from becoming major problems.

EEEadvisor: Your Partner in SB 721 Compliance

Whether you need an inspection, guidance on the extension process, or help with repairs, EEEadvisor is here to support you. We specialize in California balcony inspections and are well-versed in balcony safety regulations.

Let EEEadvisor be your partner in ensuring the safety and compliance of your property.  Don't delay, contact us today for a free consultation!

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