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California SB 721

Welcome to Global Building Solutions, proudly serving all of California. As of January 1, 2025, multifamily buildings with three or more units are mandated to undergo periodic inspections under California SB 721. This law, also known as “The Balcony Inspection Bill,” was signed into effect in response to a tragic incident in 2015. Our company is dedicated to educating property owners, investors, property managers, and reit’s about the importance of complying with these new regulations.

Welcome to Global Building Solutions, proudly serving all of California. As of January 1, 2025, multifamily buildings with three or more units are mandated to undergo periodic inspections under California SB 721. This law, also known as “The Balcony Inspection Bill,” was signed into effect in response to a tragic incident in 2015. Our company is dedicated to educating property owners, investors, property managers, and reit’s about the importance of complying with these new regulations.

How it Works

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What Does SB 721 Require? 

SB 721 aims to enhance public safety by implementing mandatory inspections of decks, balconies, and other external elevated structures in multifamily residential units every six years. These inspections focus on structural integrity, flashings, and waterproofing of buildings with three or more units and two or more stories in height. The first inspection must be completed by January 1, 2025.

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Who performs the inspections?

Inspections must be conducted by licensed architects, civil or structural engineers, or building contractors with specific licensing. The inspector will report any hazardous conditions to the local building official, giving owners a timeframe to address necessary repairs.

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What does the inspections involve?

During the inspection, the condition, adequacy, and performance of various structural elements will be evaluated, with a focus on structural integrity and waterproofing. The inspector will provide a detailed report with photos for documentation and future reference.

3

What About Repairs?

Owners must address immediate life safety issues promptly, obtaining building permits and completing repairs within specified timeframes. Routine maintenance and minor repairs can be handled by owners to ensure structural integrity and compliance.

Click the tab above to read the full text of SB 721.

Additional Requirements:

– Contractors serving as the inspector cannot perform the report’s needed repair items for the building

– Owners must apply for permits on non-emergency repairs within 120 days.

– Owners of properties that qualify for the inspection must call an inspector to have this completed before January of 2025.

– Failure to comply with repair requirements may result in penalties or building safety liens.

We encourage property owners subject to SB 721 to schedule inspections before the deadline in 2025. While the law may seem stringent, it aims to prevent future tragedies and ensure the safety of residents. Our team is here to assist you in navigating these requirements and maintaining your property’s structural integrity. Contact us today to schedule your inspection and stay compliant with California’s balcony inspection mandates.”
See also:
Link: Balcony collapses during Irish students’ party in Berkeley, killing 6
Link: 6 dead, 7 hurt in Berkeley balcony collapse
Link: Berkeley balcony collapse







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