CALIFORNIA'S BALCONY & DECK INSPECTION LAWS
California Senate Bill No. 326 (SB 326), was approved on August 30, 2019. This law was in response to the Berkeley balcony collapse in 2015. During the collapse thirteen people were severely injured or killed. This law requires that all associations of a condominium projects with buildings, containing three or more multi-family dwelling units, have the Exterior Elevated Elements (EEEs) inspected by a licensed architect or structural engineer at least once every nine years to determine whether the EEEs are in a generally safe condition and performing in accordance with applicable standards. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Exterior Elevated Elements (EEEs)?
What are the requirements of SB 326?
Prior to conducting the first visual inspection, the inspector is required to generate a random list of the locations of each type of exterior elevated element. The list shall include all exterior elevated elements for which the association has maintenance or repair responsibility. The list shall be provided to the association for future use.
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When do inspections need to be completed by?
Inspections must be completed by the end of 2024 and then every 9 years thereafter. Buildings that are permitted after Jan 1,2020 need to have their first inspection within 6 years after certificate of occupancy.