Don’t wait until it happens to you!
For apartment buildings and Condominium
January 1, 2025
Without regular inspections and maintenance, balconies are prone to a variety of structural problems and wood decay due to dry rot, termites, long term and regular exposure to moisture, and lack of drying mechanisms. When left unchecked, the balconies can become high risk and result in a disaster. California Senate Bills 326 & 721 (sb326, sb721) were developed as a response after a deadly collapse of a balcony in Berkeley, California in June 2015- 6 students died and 7 were injured.
SB 721- For apartment buildings, legislation requires any multi-family with three or more (3+) dwelling units to complete an inspection of all Exterior Elevated Elements (EEE) by January 1, 2025, and every 6 years thereafter.
SB326- For Condominium HOA’S, legislation requires an inspection of all Exterior Elevated Elements (EEE) to be completed by January 1, 2025, and every 9 years thereafter.
“The purpose of the inspection is to determine that exterior elevated elements and their associated waterproofing elements are in a generally safe condition, adequate working order, and free from any hazardous condition caused by fungus, deterioration, decay, or improper alteration to the extent that the life, limb, health, property, safety, or welfare of the public or the occupants is not endangered.” -SB721 and SB326
The new bill was created following the tragic death of six people in a Berkeley apartment building when their balcony collapsed. The cause was said to be due to the structural decay of the wood framing that supported the balcony.
“Exterior elevated element means the following types of structures, including their supports and railings: balconies, decks, porches, stairways, walkways, and entry structures that extend beyond exterior walls of the building and which have a walking surface that is elevated more than six feet above ground level, are designed for human occupancy or use, and rely in whole or in substantial part on wood or wood-based products for structural support or stability of the exterior elevated element.” -SB721 and SB326
“Associated waterproofing elements include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water and the elements.”
Load bearing components are made with wood or wood-based products that extend beyond a building’s exterior wall. It has a walking surface designed for human use and is 6 feet above ground level. This includes balconies, decks, stairways, landings, walkways & supporting elements.
Balcony1 has over 20 years of construction and design experience, with hundreds of projects completed within their various divisions for multifamily properties.
Partnering up with a licensed structural engineer, we serve the southern California area with top quality, affordable inspection services for walkways, balconies, decks, railings, and water proofing systems.
Our experienced staff will manage your SB721/SB326 process from start to finish.
Your project will have a dedicated manager assigned to ensure your process goes smoothly and that you have a point of contact throughout the process.
Balcony1 provides services from minimum inspection required to a full-scope service package including all maintenance and repairs required for top safety measurement of your building.
For more information, feel free to contact us.
Until Balcony Completion is Due
Does your building have 3+ units? If so, you are now required to inspect (and repair) all exterior balconies, walkways, stairways, and decks according to SB 326 and 721. Ask us for more information.