California Senate Bills 721 and 326

February 22, 2024

Building Codes and Regulations in California

Senate Bill 721 (SB 721) and Senate Bill 326 (SB 326) are two California state bills aimed at improving the safety of residential buildings, particularly those with balconies and decks.

SB 721, the “Building Inspection and Notification Act,” and SB 326, the “Balcony Inspection Bill,” require the inspection of balconies and other elevated exterior elements of multi-family residential buildings with three or more units, such as condominiums and apartment buildings.


Deadline and Frequency:

Every apartment or condo facility with decks, balconies, entries, or walkways elevated more than six feet must have safety inspections performed before January 1, 2025.


  • Applies to landlords of buildings with three or more multi-family dwelling units.
  • Initial inspection is required by January 1, 2025, and then every six years after.


  • Applies to condominium associations.
  • Initial inspection is required by January 1, 2025, and then every nine years after.

Inspection Requirements:

SB 721 and SB 326 require inspections to be performed by qualified personnel.

They also mandate that property owners, managers, and landlords disclose the results of inspections to all residents.

Our Services:

If deficiencies are identified during the inspections, Rimkus experts can provide recommendations and guidance through the remediation processes. Focusing on energy, resilience, maintainability, and sustainability, our experts can help with every phase of the building life cycle.

We can assist with:

  • Mandatory Safety Inspections
  • Detailed Inspection Reports
  • Building Envelope Assessments
  • Façade Restoration
  • Historic Preservation
  • Waterproofing and Weatherproofing Assessments and Design
  • Code Compliance

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