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What Are The Inspection Deadlines for SB 721?

The clock is ticking for property owners in California! Senate Bill 721 (SB 721) ushered in new regulations to ensure the safety of balconies and other exterior elevated elements (EEEs).  But what are the deadlines for complying with these inspections?  Understanding the timelines is crucial for avoiding penalties and ensuring the safety of your residents and your property's value.  Let's dive into the details and help you navigate the SB 721 balcony inspection requirements.

Understanding SB 721: A Focus on Safety

Enacted in response to tragic balcony collapses, SB 721 aims to mitigate the risk of similar incidents in the future.  The law focuses on multi-family dwellings with three or more units, mandating periodic inspections of specific EEEs. The goal is to identify and address potential safety hazards before they become a danger.

The Ticking Clock: Key Inspection Deadlines

SB 721 outlines a clear timeline for inspections, with a few important deadlines to keep in mind:

  1. Initial Inspection Deadline:

  • For most properties: The initial inspection of all applicable EEEs must have been completed by January 1, 2025.

  • For newer construction:  If your property's building permit was submitted after January 1, 2019, you may have a different deadline. The initial inspection must occur within six years of the date of issuance of the certificate of occupancy.

  1. Subsequent Inspection Deadlines:

  • After the initial inspection, subsequent inspections are required every six years for buildings with wood-framed EEEs.

  • For buildings with non-wood framed EEEs (e.g., concrete or steel), the subsequent inspections are required every nine years.

Special Considerations for Inspection Deadlines

While the above deadlines serve as a general guide, it's important to be aware of a few special considerations:

  • Local Ordinances: Some local jurisdictions may have their own ordinances with specific inspection deadlines. It's essential to check with your city or county building department to confirm any additional requirements.

  • Recent Inspections: If your property had an inspection within three years of January 1, 2019, that met SB 721 standards, the initial inspection deadline may be extended until the six-year anniversary of that prior inspection.

Consequences of Missing Deadlines

Failing to comply with SB 721 inspection deadlines can lead to several consequences:

  • Financial Penalties: Local enforcement agencies can impose daily fines for non-compliance, which can quickly add up.

  • Legal Liability: In the event of an accident or injury related to a non-compliant EEE, property owners can face legal action.

  • Reduced Property Value:  A property with known safety issues or non-compliance with regulations can significantly decrease in value.

Partnering with EEEadvisor: Meeting Your Deadlines

At EEEadvisor, we understand that navigating the complexities of SB 721 can be overwhelming. Our team of experienced professionals can help you understand the specific deadlines applicable to your property and ensure timely compliance.

We offer comprehensive inspection services conducted by qualified professionals, providing you with peace of mind and protecting your investment. We'll work closely with you to schedule inspections at your convenience, interpret the results, and address any necessary repairs.

Don't Wait: Act Now

If you haven't yet scheduled your SB 721 inspection or are unsure about the deadlines, don't delay. Contact EEEadvisor today for a free consultation. We'll help you understand your obligations, develop a compliance plan, and ensure the safety and longevity of your property.

Remember: Compliance with SB 721 is not just about meeting deadlines; it's about protecting your residents, safeguarding your property, and fulfilling your responsibility as a property owner.

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