Apartment SB-721 Inspection Service

Apartment SB-721 Inspection Service

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute to Comply with California’s Balcony Bill!

If you own or manage an apartment building  in California with 3 or more multi-family units, Senate Bill 721 applies to you and your facility. The deadline for compliance is approaching fast and failing to comply could result in expensive fines and fees.

Don’t wait to book your SB-721 inspection! Contact our team to schedule your inspection today.  

What Needs to be Inspected Under SB-721?

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While Senate Bill 721 “SB-721” is sometimes referred to as “the balcony law,” it applies to more than just balconies!

All structures elevated more than 6’ above the ground and made from wood, or wood-based elements must be inspected, including:

  • Porches
  • Stairways
  • Walkways
  • Decks
  • Elevated entry structures

All SB-721 inspections must be completed by qualified professionals such as licensed architects, licensed civil or structural engineers, contractors with a minimum of 5 years of experience, or certified building inspectors.

If you’re not sure which exterior elevated elements (E3s) of your building are covered by SB-721, contact our team for more information.

When is the Deadline to Comply? (And What Happens if You Don’t?)

You must complete your first SB-721 inspection by January 1, 2025 – but don’t wait until the last minute. Beat the rush today and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your building is compliant.

Subsequent inspections must occur every 6 years after that. Suppose you don’t complete your initial inspection by January 1, 2025 or fail to complete the repairs specified in an inspection report. In that case, you could face a civil penalty of $100-$500 for every day of non-compliance. 

What if the Inspection Reveals Required Repairs?

If your E3s require repairs, they’ll be categorized into two groups:

  • Non-Emergency Repairs. While these repairs should be completed as soon as possible, they do not represent an immediate threat to the health or safety of your tenants. Once you receive your inspection report, you have 120 days to apply for a permit to complete the needed non-emergency repairs and another 120 days to complete said repairs. 
  • Emergency Repairs. Emergency repairs present a real and present risk to the health and safety of your tenants. Repairs must be completed immediately, and the E3 in question will need to be re-inspected and certified once said repairs are complete. 

Why Choose Us to Perform Your SB 721 Inspection?

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Deck and Balcony Inspections, Inc. provides comprehensive, certified SB-721 inspection services for landlords and managers like you.

Here’s what sets us apart:


Thanks to our more than 40 years of experience, our team of professional, fully-licensed engineers and architects understand every nuance of SB-721’s inspection requirements. 

Non-invasive Technology

We believe an SB-721 inspection shouldn’t damage your building. We use non-destructive technology like moisture sensors and infrared imagery to conduct SB-721 inspections to protect your property. 

Interactive Reports

Our digital, interactive inspection reports categorize needed repairs by severity and allow you to update the information to reflect subsequent inspections or repair work completed. 


We know affordability is important, so we keep our SB-721 services reasonably priced and accessible for hardworking property owners and managers. 


Let us help you keep your tenants and residents safe with honest, reliable, comprehensive SB-721 inspections you can count on. 

Don’t wait to book your SB-721 inspection! Contact us today to schedule your free consultation! 


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