SB 326

A new law, SB 326, was enacted in California this year. It requires the inspection and proper maintenance of elevated balconies and decks, as well as their associated waterproofing systems. If the condominium association contains at least 3 residential units, and has a deck that is at least 6 feet off the ground and is partially or completely supported by wood structures, it will require an inspection.

If the deck or balcony meets all requirements, is in generally good condition, and can accommodate loads including people and anything that may be placed on the deck, the inspector will sign off with their approval. If the deck or balcony doesn’t meet these requirements, or seems unstable, repairs will be required to avoid any fines.

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