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What Is a Balcony Inspection?

California Senate Bill SB721 requires the evaluation of balconies, stairways, and similar structures at multifamily buildings with three or more units inspected no later than January 1, 2025. The statute requires building owners to engage an engineer, architect, or another qualified provider to assess a portion of Exterior Elevated Elements (EEE) to identify immediate threats and recommended actions. Specific timelines for reporting, permitting, and repair apply.

Partner has performed balcony inspections on thousands of apartments since 2019. Our crew is comprised of architects, contractors, technicians, and engineers who are highly specialized in multifamily buildings. We help California building owners and operators with accurate EEE counts, pre-assessments for capital planning, full compliance inspections for reporting, repair cost estimates, guidance on permit and design requirements, and complete support to meet compliance deadlines.

Partner offers standard and custom inspections packages. Our experienced crew can work on single sites or portfolios throughout California.

CA's Balcony Inspections Webinar

If you own multifamily property with three or more units in California, your building is likely subject to balcony inspections (SB721). Building owners are responsible for engaging qualified providers to complete inspections by January 1, 2025. Haven’t a clue what to do to get prepared? Register to view this webinar recording and get prepared for these essential items.

Get Ready for California's Balcony Inspections Webinar with John Van Valkenburge, S.E. and Shari Fykes. January 1, 2025 is the deadline for California SB271. Has your multifamily building been inspected?

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Elevated Exterior Elements

An Exterior Elevated Element (EEE) means the following types of structures, including their supports and railings: balconies, decks, porches, stairways, walkways, and entry structures that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building and which have a walking surface that is elevated more than six feet above ground level, are designed for human occupancy or use, and rely in whole or in substantial part on wood or wood-based products for structural support or stability of the exterior elevated element.

Associated Waterproofing Elements

Associated Waterproofing Elements include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water and the elements.

Load-Bearing Components

Load-Bearing Components are those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads from the exterior elevated element to the building.

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