Florida Balcony Inspections

DPBR HR 7020 Balcony Inspection Form

Certified Florida Balcony Inspections


The Florida Inspectors’ provides Balcony Inspections that  comply with Florida State requirement DBPR-HR-7020 "Division of Hotels  and Restaurants Certificate of Balcony Inspection.

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Why Florida Balcony Inspections


This is required for all public  lodging establishments, including hotels, apartments, and condos, that  are three or more stories in height. The Florida Inspectors can help you  get through this requirement.

The  Florida Inspectors will visually inspect the balconies, including  decking, wall attachments, ledger boards, railings and fasteners.  In  addition, all stairwell railings will be inspected.  The Florida  Inspectors will note the total number of units inspected as well as the  total number of deficiencies. We will provide a general description of  the types of deficiencies, and then it is the responsibility of the  owner to make the repairs and have the Inspector re-evaluate the  property.

Did you know? The Florida  Department of Business and Professional Regulation regulates the  required inspection of balconies/stairs/decks and railings open to  public use. An inspection must be performed every three years and Form  HR-7020 must be filed. A balcony is defined as any structure more than  17 feet above grade. Ground level or near ground level decks no more  than three feet high are exempt from this inspection; however, this  exemption does not relieve the owner from litigation in the event of a  collapse. Any stairs and railings do require inspection. The number one  cause of physical injury in each of these building appurtenances is  railing failure or collapse. 

The number two cause of injury is structural failure of the deck ledger board due to improper  construction, fastening, wood rot or metal deterioration from rust. The third cause of injury is overloading the live load capacity of the structure (too many people).Hotels,  motels, eating and drinking establishments or any business which  provides an above ground deck to its patrons, should take this inspection  requirement seriously. If you own or operate or are considering  acquisition, please have ‘The Florida Inspectors’ evaluate these  critical building components. 

The 2018 Florida Statues

509.2112 Public lodging establishments three stories or more in height: Inspection Rules.

The Division of Hotels and  Restaurants of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is  directed to provide rules to require that:

(1) Every public lodging  establishment that is three stories or more in height in the state file a  certificate stating that any and all balconies, platforms, stairways,  and railways have been inspected by a person competent to conduct such  inspections and are safe, secure, and free of defects.

(2) The information required under  subsection (1) be filed commencing January 1, 1991, and every 3 years  thereafter, with the Division of Hotels and Restaurants and the  applicable county or municipal authority responsible for building and  zoning permits.

(3) If a public lodging establishment  that is three or more stories in height fails to file the information  required in subsection (1), the Division of Hotels and Restaurants shall  impose administrative sanctions pursuant to s. 509.261.

Balcony Inspection.

(a) As provided in Section 509.2112,  F.S., every public lodging establishment which is 3 or more stories in  height must submit to the division a certificate stating that any and  all balconies, platforms, stairways, and railways have been inspected by  a person who, through education and experience, is competent to inspect  multi-story buildings and found by such person to be safe, secure, and  free of defects. The term “balcony” is defined as a landing or porch  that is accessible to or used by the public and shall include those  portions of a building which are unenclosed, except by a railing,  guardrail system, balustrade, or parapet. It shall also include those  portions of a building which are enclosed by screening or other  non-permanent building material.

(b) It is the responsibility of the  operator to verify the facts and credentials establishing the competency  of the multi-story balcony inspector. Such verification shall be  clearly stated on the applicable form.