One of California’s newest building codes affecting the real estate and construction industry is SB 721, which raises the standards of inspection for decks and balconies on buildings with three or more multi-family units. Existing law allows enforcement authorities “to enter and inspect any buildings or premises whenever necessary to secure compliance with or prevent a violation.”
The new code sets a deadline of Jan. 1, 2025 for the elevated exterior elements to be inspected by a licensed architect, engineer or contractor. The requirement continues with a Jan. 1 deadline every 6 years thereafter.
Any immediate safety threats found by the inspector must be reported to the building’s owner within 15 days. Emergency repairs should be done immediately, and the local enforcement agency must also be notified. Discoveries that are not an immediate threat must be repaired within 180 days.
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