The balcony inspection requirements in California are primarily defined by two pieces of legislation: SB 326 and SB 721.
SB 326, also known as the "Balcony Inspection Bill," was signed into law in 2018 and requires the inspection of balconies and other elevated exterior elements in certain residential buildings. The law mandates inspections for buildings with three or more multifamily dwelling units and has specific requirements for the inspections, including:
· The inspections must be conducted by a licensed architect, engineer, or building contractor.
· The inspections must be conducted at least every six years.
· The inspections must evaluate the waterproofing, structural support, and other conditions of the elevated elements.
· The building owner must provide a copy of the inspection report to the local code enforcement agency.
SB 721, signed into law in 2018, requires the inspection of all exterior elevated elements in buildings with three or more multifamily units. This legislation expands on SB 326 by requiring inspections for a broader range of elevated elements and applies to both residential and nonresidential buildings. Some of the key requirements under SB 721 include:
2. The inspection must be conducted by a licensed architect, engineer, or building contractor.
3. The inspection must be conducted at least every six years.
4. The inspection must evaluate the waterproofing, structural support, and other conditions of the elevated elements.
5. The building owner must provide a copy of the inspection report to the local code enforcement agency.
6. The building owner must also provide notice of the inspection to tenants and occupants at least 15 days before the inspection.
Overall, the balcony inspection requirements under SB 326 and SB 721 mandate the inspection of elevated elements in certain residential and nonresidential buildings in California. The legislation is designed to ensure the safety and structural integrity of balconies, decks, porches, and other elevated elements, and prevent tragic incidents like balcony collapses. Building owners and property managers are responsible for complying with these inspection requirements and ensuring the safety of their tenants and occupants.
EEEAdvisor is dedicated to assisting clients in achieving compliance with the deadlines and ensuring the security of their facilities. To achieve this, the company strives to educate clients on the applicable standards and regulations established in SB721 and SB326. EEEadvisor Engineering, based in California and co-founded by Omid Ghanadiof, provides engineering inspection services to support homeowners associations (HOAs) and landlords in complying with state regulations for balcony inspections. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact EEEAdvisor at http://www.eeeadvisor.com/(805) 312-8513 or through the email address info@EEEadvisor.com.