Lots of people are confused about the SB 326 balcony bill. Inspectors sometimes are too. We get lots of questions about whether an Association EEE’s must be inspected under the bills inspection requirements.
To make it a little easier we compiled this series of photographs showing what types of EEE’s must be inspected and which are exempt. We hope this helps a bit in understanding.
Do you need an SB 326 deck inspection? Call me, Bill Leys, The Deck Inspector today at 805-801-2380 to discuss and set up an appointment to personally evaluate your Associations EEE’s as to whether they must be inspected or if they are exempt.
Starting with decks ad balconies, here are some examples that need to be inspected….
Next are examples of stairs and landings that need to be inspected, with one example of steel stairs that don’t need to be inspected (but the connection of them to the wood framing does need to be inspected).
Walkways supported by wood framing need to be inspected, such as these examples.
So what type of deck/balcony/stair or walkway doesn’t need to be inspected? Anything that is less than 6′ high off the ground (don’t be surprised though is it’s 5′ off the ground and we want to inspect it), made of concrete or steel. And any deck supported by 4 walls like this one below. A solid wall (no columns) must support the deck all the way around for it to be exempt.
This pictorial is not meant to be exhaustive; if you aren’t sure after looking through our pictures, give a call or fill out our contact form. Sending us some pictures always helps too! We are here to help and guide you through the SB 326 process.
2 thoughts on “Do My Decks, Stairs Walkways or Balcony’s Need To Be Inspected?”
I wanted to thank you for this article. The pictures were very helpful.
I received a quote for my HOA. They included the concrete stairs that are held up by a metal pole as well as the balcony walkway. The bid was doubled because on the quoted staircase inspection. I sent them back a response with multiple references including your pic and info from their OWN website (hehe) that showed the staircases did not need to be part of the SB326 inspection. Thanks again. You made it crystal clear!!
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Thank you Sandra,
Our goal is to educate our clients and help them meet the standards set in the balcony bill.
That said, some of us are defaulting to inspecting concrete/steel stairs anyway as we keep seeing problems with them.
A 50% increase in the price does seem a little high in my opinion though.
We would be happy to quote your job and let you see the difference between us and our peers. Feel free to reach out if you want a quote.
I would also caution you about inspectors who own a waterproofing/Construction company that offers inspections solely to feed their primary business of separating HOAs from their money.