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Balcony Inspections: Compliance with DBPR-HR-7020

What is a Balcony Inspection Compliant with DBPR-HR-7020?

A Balcony Inspection, as required under the DBPR-HR-7020 regulation, is a specialized assessment mandated by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. This inspection is essential for all public lodging establishments such as hotels, apartments, and condominiums that are three stories or taller. The main purpose of the inspection is to ensure the safety and structural integrity of balconies accessible to or used by the public.

Key Components of a Balcony Inspection:

  • Structural Assessment: Evaluates the physical condition of balconies, including decking, wall attachments, ledger boards, and other structural elements.
  • Safety Check: Focuses on railings, fasteners, and stairwell railings to ensure they are secure and free from defects that could pose safety risks.
  • Comprehensive Reporting: Details the condition of inspected elements, lists any deficiencies found, and outlines the necessary corrective actions to meet safety standards.

Importance of Compliance - Balcony Inspections

Compliance with DBPR-HR-7020 is not only a legal requirement but also a critical measure to prevent accidents and ensure the safety of tenants and guests. The regulation stipulates that these inspections must be carried out by a qualified inspector who has the necessary expertise to identify potential issues and recommend appropriate remedial measures.

Through regular and thorough inspections, property owners can maintain the structural health of their buildings, mitigate liability risks, and provide a safe environment for occupants and visitors.

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Balcony Inspection Service Details

Scope of Inspection

  • Decking, wall attachments, ledger boards
  • Railings, fasteners, and stairwell railings

Reporting Includes

  • Total number of units inspected
  • Total number of deficiencies noted
  • General description of deficiency types
  • Recommendations for repairs and re-evaluation by our inspectors


  1. Initial Inspection: Conducted to identify any deficiencies and safety concerns.
  2. Report Delivery: Provides a detailed account of findings and recommendations.
  3. Follow-up Inspection: After repairs are made, a re-inspection ensures all issues are resolved and compliance is achieved.

Why Does Florida Require Balcony Inspections Every 3 Years?

Safety Concerns and Historical Context

The need for stringent balcony inspections in Florida became particularly evident after several high-profile accidents and structural failures. One significant event that underscored the importance of regular inspections was the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida, in June 2021. This disaster highlighted the potential dangers of neglected building maintenance and the critical need for proactive safety measures.

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