ORDINANCE SB 721
SB 721 requires multi-family residential apartment buildings with three or more apartments to perform a balcony safety inspection by licensed structural engineers by 1/1/2025 and every six years thereafter. Specifically, the engineers will review the structural integrity and waterproofing of decks, balconies and stairways that:
ORDINANCE SB 326
SB 326 is very similar to 721. It focuses on condominiums and multifamily housing that are controlled by HOA’s. The deadline is still 1/1/2025 but follow up inspections only need to be completed every nine years by certified structural engineers.
If your engineer identifies issues with your balconies, you will have to take action. Rust, dry rot, cracking, corrosion, or any other structural compromises can create dangerous situations for occupants of your building.
Ordinance 183893 is concerned with the definition and compliance of buildings identified for the seismic retrofit program. Specifically, Ordinance 183893 applies the retrofit requirement to:
Ordinance 183893 also prioritizes the identification and selection of buildings in the following manner:
3 stories and above – the orders were sent out to these buildings on May 2nd, 2016.
2 story – the orders were sent out to these buildings on July 22nd, 2016.
Buildings with 9-15 units – the orders were sent out to these buildings on July 24th, 2017.
Buildings with 7-8 units – the orders were sent out to these buildings on August 21st, 2017.
Buildings with 4-6 units – the orders were sent out to these buildings on September 25th, 2017.
Condos and Commercial units – the orders were sent out to these buildings on November 6th, 2017.
Ordinance 184081 is concerned with the Time Limits for Compliance with the seismic retrofit program. Specifically, Ordinance 184081 applies the time limits compliance in the following manner:
You Need to Retrofit if:
While this can all be quite confusing and if you feel like you might not need to consider a retrofit because it doesn’t match the criteria mentioned above, wait up! The ordinances only apply to wooden structures and non-ductile concrete structures for now. However, it is always wise to check if your building is earthquake ready and if a retrofit may be required.
The Department of Building and Safety has already identified the buildings that require a seismic retrofit in the state of California and has sent out notices to each of the property owners requiring them to start work on their properties.