SB-721 & SB-326
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SB721's Deadline: 01/01/2025

    "This bill would require an inspection of exterior elevated elements and associated waterproofing elements, as defined, including decks and balconies, for buildings with 3 or more multifamily dwelling units 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 would require the inspections, including any necessary testing, to be completed by January 1, 2025, with certain exceptions, and would require subsequent inspections every 6 years, except as specified..."

    We Taught California's SB721 Law
    to Sacramento's Fire Department

    We had the privilege of leading an informative session for the Sacramento Fire Department, focusing on the critical aspects and implications of SB721—legislation that mandates the inspection and maintenance of balconies, decks, and elevated walkways in multi-family buildings.SB721, the law that requires apartment buildings to regularly check balconies and walkways for safety. Our goal was to help firefighters understand what makes buildings safe and what doesn't. They learned how to spot problems with balconies, walkways, and fire escapes that could be dangerous. This knowledge will help them keep everyone safer during their work.

    We Taught a Seminar on Balcony & Railings for Waikiki Hotels in Hawaii

    Recently, we conducted an informative seminar focused on Balcony & Railings tailored specifically for Waikiki, Hawaii Hotels. Our expert-led session provided valuable insights and best practices, ensuring safety and compliance standards are met.

    Navigating the Maze of SB721 Compliance

    Complying with SB721 is not merely about fulfilling a legal requirement; it's about prioritizing the safety and well-being of residents. By adhering to these standards, property owners contribute to preventing tragic accidents and ensuring that their properties remain safe, secure, and appealing places to live.Navigating the maze of SB721 compliance might seem daunting, but with the right approach and resources, property owners can efficiently manage this responsibility. By understanding the law, partnering with qualified professionals, and maintaining a proactive stance on repairs and inspections, the path to compliance becomes clear and manageable, ensuring the safety and integrity of multi-family dwellings for years to come.

    SB721 Inspection

    Our inspections meticulously examine balconies and treads for signs of wood rot, steel rusting, and cement spalling, ensuring every detail is scrutinized for integrity and safety. We go in-depth to identify potential issues and provide solutions to maintain structural health.

    In-depth Explanation of SB721

    This informative video offers a comprehensive overview of SB721, detailing the requirements for regular inspections of balconies, decks, and other elevated structures in multifamily buildings across California. It breaks down the legislation, explaining who needs to comply, the qualifications for inspectors, and the inspection timeline, including the initial deadline of January 1, 2025, and subsequent inspections every 6 years.The expert guides you through the process, ensuring property owners, managers, and service providers understand their obligations to maintain safety and compliance. Watch now for an in-depth understanding of how SB721 affects you and how to ensure your property meets all legal requirements.

    Deck Collapse That Injured 20 People

    Surveillance cameras inside a rental property captured the moment when multiple decks collapsed at the home in September 2019. There were people on the decks when the collapse happened. Some 20 people were injured.

    Guide to Wood Fire Escape Repair by Homeowner: Passing System

    Watch this informative video demonstrating the inspection of a successfully repaired wood fire escape system by a homeowner. Learn from a Passing System Example as we guide you through inspecting and maintaining your own wood fire escape system.

    When SB721 - Balconies are also considered Fire EscapesThese Fire Escape codes below may apply

    Balcony & Fire Escape Inspection Example

    California Fire Code: 1032.2.1.3 Examination

    Fire escape stairs must be examined every 5 years, by design professional or others acceptable and inspection report must be submitted to the fire code official.

    IBC 1001.3.3

    All fire escapes shall be examined and/or tested and certified every five years by a design professional or others acceptable who will then submit an affidavit city official.


    The Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) shall approve any fire escape by Load Test or Certification (other evidence of strength).

    OSHA 1910.37 & 1926.501(a)(2):

    Exit routes must be maintained during construction, repairs, alterations or provide alternative egress with equivalent level of safety. (permit issued if egress is certified or with egress scaffolding)

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