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SB 721 Inspections

Brief History

SB 721 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 721 into law to require regular structural inspections of exterior elevated elements (EEEs), including balconies.

This applies to owners of buildings with three or more multi-family dwelling units 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 inspection will need to take place every six 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.

How it Works


Site Visit

Our staff will visit the site to develop an inspection
plan and gather data about the property in order to
develop a proposal.


Detailed Reporting

You receive a comprehensive report signed by the inspector evaluating the current condition of the exterior elevated elements, the respective load bearing components and associated waterproofing elements. The report will also include necessary repairs in the event deficiencies are found.


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