SF Housing Code Section 604 Inspection Service

SF Housing Code Section 604 Inspection Service

The deadline to comply was April 1st, 2022. Don’t risk fines & fees! Schedule your Section 604 inspection today!

If you own or manage a building in San Francisco, your property may be impacted by San Francisco’s 604 Affidavit / SF Housing Code Section 604.

Passed in September of 2003, Section 604 establishes safety codes to ensure the stability and integrity of exterior elevated elements (EEEs) in San Francisco. 

The deadline to comply with Section 604 was April 1, 2022. 

Failing to comply with this Affidavit could result in hefty fines! Fortunately, we’re here to help.

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What Needs to be Inspected Under Section 604?

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Section 604 requires the inspection of all exterior elevated elements, including…

  • Decks
  • Fire escapes
  • Balconies
  • Landings
  • Exit corridors
  • Stairway systems
  • Guard rails
  • Handrails
  • “Weather-exposed areas” – meaning building components that are not within a structure’s interiors

The Affidavit applies to apartment buildings and residential condos with 3 or more dwellings and hotels with 6 or more guest rooms. 

Inspections must be completed by licensed general contractors, licensed engineers or architects, or a structural pest control expert qualified to perform Section 604 inspections. 

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What Was the Deadline to Comply With Section 604? (And What Happens if I Didn’t?)

For building owners and managers in San Francisco, California, the deadline to comply with Section 604 was April 1, 2022. 

If you are still out of compliance with Section 604, you could be at risk of code enforcement action, fines, and other disciplinary action.

If you’re not sure whether your building is compliant or not, check the state’s Section 604 Affidavit Log

Don’t wait to comply with Section 604! Contact us today to get your FREE inspection quote

What Happens During a Section 604 Inspection?

When you work with Deck and Balcony Inspections, Inc., each inspection starts with a free consultation and estimate.

Our experienced team of licensed building inspectors uses a combination of methods, including visual and endoscopic testing, infrared imagery, and moisture sensors, to complete your Section 604 inspection. 

Per Section 604 Affidavit requirements, we’ll inspect 100% of your building’s exterior elevated elements.

Once we’ve completed the inspection, we’ll generate a comprehensive, interactive, easy-to-understand report that details the elements we inspected, the present physical condition and expected service life of each, and details about any needed repairs and their urgency.

If a Section 604 inspection reveals needed repairs, all repairs must be made immediately. Our team will help you understand the severity and extent of required repairs and make plans to correct them quickly. 

Why Trust Us to Perform Your Inspection?

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At Deck and Balcony Inspections, Inc., we take pride in being the contractor of choice for building owners and managers in San Francisco who need Section 604 inspections.

Our expert Section 604 inspections are available for hotels, motels, and apartment buildings throughout San Francisco, including areas like Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, the Financial District, Civic Center, Union Square, Nob Hill, the Marina District, and more.

Here’s why our customers choose us:


Our team has more than 40 years of combined building inspection experience. All our engineers and architects are fully licensed and experienced in the requirements of Section 604 inspections. Read more about us here.

Noninvasive Inspection Techniques

A building inspection shouldn’t be destructive. To protect your property, we use non-destructive technology like endoscopic testing to complete your inspection without damaging your building. 

Interactive Reports

When we complete your inspection, we’ll deliver a PDF as well as an interactive, detailed, digital report that’s easy to read and understand and can be updated during future Section 604 inspections at no additional cost. 


We believe Section 604 inspections shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. We work hard to keep our costs low and pass those savings along to you. 

Reliability and Integrity

We care about our customers and their tenants. Our expert team of engineers and architects will provide a thorough inspection that ensures the safety of your building and everyone who lives in it. 

Don’t wait to book your Section 604 inspection! Contact us today to get a free quote! 

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