SB 721


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Our Inspection Services:

Our team offers comprehensive inspection services tailored to meet the requirements of SB 721. We provide:

  • Expert evaluations by licensed professionals.
  • Detailed reporting with actionable insights.
  • Guidance on repair and maintenance to ensure compliance.
  • Assistance with record keeping and documentation for future reference.

Ensuring Safety and Compliance:

The enactment of SB 721 marks a significant step towards ensuring the structural safety of multifamily dwellings in California. Our inspection services are designed to provide building owners with peace of mind, knowing their properties are safe and compliant with the latest regulations. Contact us today to schedule your inspection and ensure the safety and integrity of your property.

SB 721 Inspections

California’s new balcony and deck inspection law,  ensures safety in multifamily dwellings In a significant move to enhance the safety of multifamily residential buildings, California has enacted Senate Bill No. 721, a comprehensive law targeting the structural integrity of balconies, decks, and other elevated elements in buildings with three or more units. Our inspection service is dedicated to helping building owners comply with this new mandate, ensuring the safety and well-being of residents. Learn more here.

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The SB 721 Inspections mandate requires owners of multifamily dwellings comprising three or more units to undertake comprehensive inspections of all exterior elevated elements. These elements encompass the load-bearing components along with their associated waterproofing systems, as delineated in the legislation. The primary objective of this inspection is to ascertain the safety and compliance of these structural elements with prevailing building codes and standards.

Definitions in SB 721 Inspections

Mandatory Inspections

SB 721 requires thorough inspections of all exterior elevated elements like balconies, decks, and stairways in multifamily buildings. These inspections must be conducted by qualified professionals such as licensed architects, engineers, or certified building inspectors.

Comprehensive Reporting

Post-inspection, a detailed report must be presented to the building owner within 45 days, highlighting the condition of the inspected elements, and any immediate hazards requiring urgent attention. In cases where immediate risks are identified, the report must be submitted within 15 days, and emergency repairs must be initiated promptly.

Condominium Conversions

For buildings converted to condominiums post-January 1, 2019, an inspection must be conducted prior to the sale, ensuring the safety of future occupants.

Initial and Ongoing Inspections

The first inspection must be completed by January 1, 2025. Following this, regular inspections are mandated every six years to ensure ongoing compliance and safety.

Repair and Compliance Requirements

Owners are required to undertake necessary repairs within specified timelines. Non-emergency repairs must be completed within 120 days, while emergency situations demand more immediate action. Local enforcement agencies are authorized to enforce these timelines and impose penalties for non-compliance.

Record Keeping and Transparency

Inspection reports must be maintained for two inspection cycles and disclosed during any building sale. This ensures transparency and continued compliance under new ownership.

Read our SB 721 Guidelines for Owners:

SB 721 Apartment Guidelines, summarized: