Introduction: SB326 is a California law that mandates certain requirements for common interest developments. If you own or manage a common interest development, you should be aware of the procedures required to comply with SB326. In this blog post, we will discuss the procedure for SB326. What is SB326? SB326, also known as the Balcony and Elevated Walkway Inspection Law, was signed into law in California in 2018. The law mandates that all condominiums, co-ops, and other similar residential buildings with three or more units must complete a balcony and elevated walkway inspection by a licensed professional engineer or architect. Procedure for SB326:
1. Hire a licensed professional engineer or architect: The first step in complying with SB326 is to hire a licensed professional engineer or architect. The professional will conduct a visual inspection of all balconies, decks, and elevated walkways in the building. 2. Prepare an inspection report: After the inspection, the engineer or architect will prepare a report that includes a list of any deficiencies or potential hazards found during the inspection. The report must also include recommendations for repair or maintenance. 3. Provide notice to residents: Once the report is complete, the building's management must provide written notice to all residents of the inspection results and any recommended repairs or maintenance. 4. Complete repairs or maintenance: The building's management must complete any recommended repairs or maintenance within 6 months of receiving the inspection report. If the repairs or maintenance cannot be completed within 6 months, the building's management must provide written notice to all residents explaining the reason for the delay and the expected completion date. 5. File a copy of the inspection report: Finally, the building's management must file a copy of the inspection report with the local building department within 45 days of completing the inspection.
Complying with SB326 is essential to ensure the safety of residents in common interest developments. By following the above procedure, you can ensure that your building is in compliance with the law and that any potential hazards are addressed in a timely manner. EEEAdvisor is working to educate clients about these definitions and the regulations outlined in SB721 and SB326, helping them to meet the compliance deadline and ensure the safety of their buildings.