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Now Required in CA: Inspection of decks & balconies with

Friday, February 15, 2019  

By Kevin S. Moore, SE, SECB
SEAOC Structural Standards Committee Chair

Approved by the Governor on September 17, 2018, California Senate Bill 721 requires the inspection of exterior elevated elements (EEE) and associated waterproofing elements, including decks, balconies, supports and railings, for buildings with 3 or more multifamily dwelling units.  The inspection must be performed by a licensed architect, licensed civil or structural engineer, a building contractor holding specified licenses, or an individual certified as a building inspector or building official, as specified. The bill requires inspections, including any necessary testing, be completed by January 1, 2025, with certain exceptions.  Subsequent inspections must occur every 6 years, except as specified in certain circumstances. 
 
Certain conditions associated with immediate hazard, repairs and reporting are further described in the bill.  This is a state-mandated local program, with associated costs and legal implications.  There are thousands of potentially dangerous EEE in California that may require repair and/or strengthening.  This law will help address the hazard on a statewide level.
 
The law is effective and enforceable as of January 1, 2019.

Please read the law here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB721