The current railing code in California is governed by the California Building Code (CBC). The CBC sets standards for the height, strength, and spacing of balcony railings. According to the CBC, railings on balconies or decks that are 30 inches or more above the floor or grade below must have a minimum height of 42 inches. The balusters or spindles must not allow a 4-inch diameter sphere to pass through. The railings must also be able to resist a load of 200 pounds applied in any direction.It is important to note that local building departments may have additional requirements or amendments to the CBC, so it is always best to check with your local building department for the most up-to-date information.
As the deadline for the California Balcony ordinance SB721 and SB326 comes closer and closer, the leading California-based engineering inspection company, EEEAdvisor, provide more tips for inspections of your buildings and apartments to ensure you can comply correctly and easily. Preventative Maintenance and Repair is Key to a Great Balcony. One of the most common balcony issues comes from a lack of good maintenance, flashing, and waterproofing issue.