In the last few years, the state of California passed Senate Bill 721, also known as the California Balcony Inspection Law. This law was enacted in response to the growing concern over the safety of balconies and decks in the state, and sets regulations to ensure safe use by residents and guests.
The California Balcony Inspection Law requires inspections conducted by a licensed engineer or contractor at least once every three years. The law also requires that the owner of the property provide written notice to residents and tenants of the inspection and its results.
SB 721 applies to all balconies and decks that are attached to multi-unit residential buildings, such as apartments and condominiums. It doesn’t apply to balconies and decks that are attached to single-family homes or townhomes. However, the law does provide that the local building department can require an inspection of those attached to single-family homes or townhomes if the department determines that an inspection is necessary to ensure public safety. Property owners have until January 1, 2025, to complete the first inspection.
One of the main reasons behind the creation of the law is to prevent accidents and injuries resulting from balconies and decks collapsing. Balconies and decks can become unstable over time due to factors such as weather damage, water damage, and wear and tear. By having the property inspected regularly, the state hopes for property owners to catch any potential problems before they become dangerous.
The law also requires that balconies and decks be repaired if any deficiencies are found during the inspection. If a deficiency is found, the owner of the property must make repairs within a reasonable time period. If the owner fails to act, the local building department can order the repair to be made or take other enforcement action.
Property owners should take this law seriously and see that their balconies and decks are inspected and repaired as necessary to prevent accidents and injuries from happening, and to provide peace of mind for residents and guests who use balconies and decks in California.
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