California’s SB 721 – The Balcony Inspection Law

Written By: M&M Properties - Sacramento Property Management

March 28, 2024

The Balcony Inspection Law, is a regulation aimed at improving the safety of balconies and other exterior elements in multi-family residences. Here’s a breakdown of the key points:

Why the Law Exists:

  • SB 721 was enacted in response to a tragic balcony collapse in 2015 that claimed the lives of several students.

Who it Applies To:

  • The law applies to owners of apartment buildings with three or more units.

What it Requires:

  • Mandatory inspections of balconies, walkways, and similar structures (collectively called Exterior Elevated Elements or EEE) by a qualified professional.
  • The first inspection needs to be completed by January 1, 2025.
  • Subsequent inspections are required every six years.
  • At least 15% of each type of EEE must be inspected during each cycle.


  • Enhanced safety for tenants by identifying potential balcony problems before they become critical.
  • Improved peace of mind for property owners.


  • You can find more information about SB 721 from various sources, including the California Apartment Owners Association AAOA website: what apartment owners need to know about sb 721 or by searching for “California SB 721 balcony inspection.”

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