SB 721 for Commercial Buildings

It’s so important to keep guests and residents safe, especially in commercial buildings. Many occupants and guests in one area make a commitment to safety that much more important. Under the new law, SB 721, commercial buildings must ensure that all decks and balconies are in good condition and don’t pose any threats to those who use them.

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The building owner must have an inspection of any outdoor raised surfaces by a professional. This will include:

  • Waterproofing
  • Flashing systems
  • Drains
  • Doors
  • Siding
  • Railings
  • Stair
  • Handrails
  • Mounting Plates
  • Stucco
  • Beams
  • Structural Supports

There is no penalty if the commercial building owner does not receive an inspection. However, it poses financial and legal risks for the future. For instance, if a safety claim arises by a resident, the building owner cannot claim they weren’t made aware of the safety risks. By choosing to opt out of an inspection, they claim all responsibility for upkeep and are putting themselves at risk of legal action. 

SB 721 was put in place to emphasize the importance of safety, especially when it comes to decks, balconies, and their waterproofing systems. It’s essential to have a proper inspection by an architect, engineer, or waterproofing expert to keep your commercial building in top shape for years, and avoid any unnecessary costs.