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California SB 721 Inspections

Inspections of Exterior Elevated Elements


Being at the forefront of the industry, the NRCIA proudly stands as the exclusive association providing a certification program tailored specifically to the CA SB 721 process. Members of the NRCIA exude confidence & expertise while carrying out SB 721 inspections, owing to our state-of-the-art inspection training and unparalleled proprietary inspection process. Once considered a high-end service, inspections have become a prevailing norm during real estate transactions. As of January 1, 2019, these inspections have become a legal obligation for multi-family building owners.

You are required to schedule an inspection if:

The property has three or more multi-family dwelling units that have exterior elevated elements (EEE), including their supports and railings such as balconies, decks, porches, stairways, walkways, and entry structures that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building and have a walking surface that is elevated more than six feet above ground level, are designed for human occupancy or use and rely in whole or in substantial part on wood or wood-based products for structural support or stability of the EEE.

Navigating the CA SB 721 process:


When should an SB 721 inspection take place?

This law mandates inspections every six years, with the first deadline set for January 1, 2025, and subsequent deadlines every six years thereafter. To comply, inspections and necessary repairs must be finished by January 1, 2025.

Why choose an NRCIA inspector?

NRCIA SB 721 Certified Inspectors possess qualifications that go beyond the basic requirements set by the law. They undergo specialized training to conduct the necessary inspections and are well-versed in the legislation, inspection protocol, and strict timelines. Their main goal is to help building owners and property managers become SB 721 compliant ™. The NRCIA has established a thorough inspection process for its members, ensuring that the inspections meet legal requirements and adhere to high standards. Additionally, NRCIA members have access to exclusive InspectionPlus reporting software, which generates standardized reports that are easy for clients to understand. These reports also include helpful resources like step-by-step guides and SB 721 Certified service providers for any necessary restorative work. The NRCIA strives to simplify the complexities of this law, making the entire process straightforward and seamless. Start your journey to Get SB 721 compliant ™ with the NRCIA today!

Customer Review:

“The inspection reports were easy to understand, and the presentation was wonderful, Thank you! This whole process has been a long time coming; it’s just difficult for our clients to understand it; their mentality is usually, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But bringing their properties up to code, and ensuring the structural integrity of the building elements, is best for the safety of our tenants and the general upkeep of the property”. 

-Berlin H.  Del Mar Realty & Investments


Bill Text – SB-721 Building standards: decks and balconies: inspection. (


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    Buying/Selling a HomeLeak InvestigationRoof Certification/WarrantyRepair/Replacement ProposalWorkmanship Evaluation3rd Party Damage EvaluationInstallation ComplianceInsurance ClaimDeck/Balcony Inspection (CA-SB721)Other

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