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SB 326 Inspections

Brief History

SB 326 was passed in the aftermath of a fatal structural failure at an apartment building in Berkeley in 2015.  The failure sparked an investigation of the balcony structure, which revealed that the primary cause of the collapse was rot in the load bearing wood joist projecting from the wall.  In an effort to prevent this kind of structural failure in the future, the state of California passed SB 326 into law to require regular structural inspections of exterior elevated elements (EEEs), including balconies.

This bill applies to associations of condominiums with Elevated Exterior Elements (EEE) intended for human occupancy more than six feet above grade.

The first inspection is required to be completed by January 1, 2025, and then inspections will need to take place every nine years after.

Exterior Elevated Elements are all elevated decks, balconies, landing, stairways systems, walkways, guardrails, handrails, or any part of the roof exposed to weather and with a walking surface more than 6 feet above grade.

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