Updated November 20, 2017
-Updates to Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Redondo Beach
-All broken links should be fixed!
To help you, as an owner and possible future Seller, or as a real estate professional, here is a list of cities in California which have adopted ordinances that require a “pre-sale” property report. This means that before an escrow can close and property transferred, the City has to disclose to the Buyer what is on the City records as to the status of the property, its permits, violations, and compliance with its building code ordinances.
Many require an on-site inspection by their inspector, others just do an internal check, but all require fees to be paid.
Selling real estate in this day and age can be massively confusing. It is our aim to make it easier for you with non-biased, easy to understand information. We will be constantly updating and revising the list as we gather further information. If you have comments or anything to add, please let us know!
Name of Report
Contact Phone #
$52 – $165
All properties, including vacant land, but not on first sale. Buyer to acknowledge report, 6 month time limit. Prices subject to change every summer (updated March 8, 2012).
$200 + $75/unit
Inspection required. Seller signs form, must get signature notarized if not submitting application in person.
Inspector goes out to the property. Report cannot be waived. Good for 60 days. Buyer acknowledges report.
Buyer & Seller sign form. No inspection. Only deals with smoke detector and water conservation.
Water Conservation only. No inspection. Buyer & Seller sign on Certificate of Compliance.
(Santa Barbara County)
$245 – $400
Inspector goes out to the property. Buyer must acknowledge report. Cannot be waived. Good for 6 months.
$150 and up
On site inspection required. Good for 6 months. Buyer must acknowledge. FAQ link
Cost varies per each private inspector. Only mandatory on buildlings prior to 1991. Buyer doesn’t need to acknowledge. Inspectors are certified by the city. Commercial buildings don’t require it.
$60 – $140
Inspection required. Residential Only. Call for application form. Buyer acknowledgement of Residential Building Report needed.
Inspector doesn’t go out to the property. Cannot waive. Buyer doesn’t need to acknowledge. Commercial buildings don’t require it. It is good for 6 months.
$255 up to 5 units
Inspection required. Pick up form at Building and Safety, pay and obtain appointment. Residential, commercial and vacant land.
Report for Residential Building Records
No inspection. Need on residential & commercial properties, no vacant land. Call for application. Takes 10 business days. Buyer needs to acknowledge.
(San Mateo County)
Fax report. The report is computer generated. Buyer has to acknowledge the report and inspection and cannot be waived. The report is good for 6 months.
Del Rey Oaks
See website for Information. Physical inspection required. Property owner must acknowledge report. Report cannot be waived. Commercial buildings have a separate report.
$46.00 annual fee
For businesses and rental properties. No physical inspection is required at this time. Annual term from April 1 – March 31. More details here
Inspection required. Residential and commercial properties. Call for application form. Buyer acknowledgement needed. Form Link
NONE now, pursuant to Building Dept.
Inspection required only of exterior. Report to be delivered 15 days prior to closing. Residential and commercial. Condos are exempt. Buyer can sign a Waiver. Buyer must acknowledge either the report or the Waiver.
Inspection required. Residential and commercial properties. New construction exempt. Deliver 21 days before closing, Buyer to acknowledge.
Residential only. Takes 2 weeks to process. Exterior inspection only. Good for 6 months
Inspection required. Single family 1-4 units and vacant land required. No commercial or over 4 units. Good for 6 months.
$163 (up to 4 units) + $11/unit (after 4 units)
Additional fees apply for inspection. Full breakdown on their Building Fees page. Buyer needs to acknowledge. Good for 6 months.
Real Property Report
No inspection. All properties, including commercial and vacant land. Go down to Building Dept and pick up application and pay. Realtor needs to have his City Business License to show. Takes 7 days.
Inspection required. For residential properties. Turnaround about 5-7 days and Buyer must acknowledge and sign resulting inspection report.
No physical inspection. Buyer must acknowledge it. Cannot waive. Good for 6 months. Commercial buildings don’t require it.
For residences with certain exceptions. Does not apply to commercial property. On-site inspection is an additional $162.18. For more information, check out the City of Lomita Community Development page.
$95 for 1-2 units
Inspection concerns only non-street parking at a residence/building. Certain conditions allow for the use of a Garage Exemption Certificate. Rates for the program are here.
Los Angeles City
$70.85 per parcel
No inspection. Need on residential and vacant land. No commercial properties or first sale of new residential building. Need application form with original signatures by Seller (and Buyer if Buyer is doing work). Good for 6 months. Completed reports can be searched for and printed out at this link.
Los Angeles City –
Dept of Water and Power
$15 -$75 and up
Licensed plumber to certify low flow toilets and showerheads and sign Certificate of Compliance. Seller and Buyer also to sign. Form link
Inspection of exterior only. Residential only. Call for application form. Real Estate Agent needs to have business license for Lynwood to apply.
No inspection. Residential only. Water Conservation Retrofit required.
See website for Information. Physical inspection required. Buyer acknowledges report. Report cannot be waived. Good for 3 months. Commercial buildings do not need.
Pre-Sale Home Inspection
Inspection required. Application is multiple carbon copy. Call them to mail. Buyer needs to acknowledge report and this report cannot be waived. No expiration date, good until sale of property again.Whoever is applying for report needs to have a Business License with City.
Residential Property Report
Report Faxed. Exterior inspection only. Buyer acknowledges report. Report cannot be waived. Good for 6 months. No requirement for condominiums, but apartments do require.
$156 – 182 and up
Residential only. Inspection not required, but if declined, will be noted on report for Buyer to acknowledge. Takes 30 days to complete after application submitted. Corrections to be done within 30 days or Buyer can assume responsibility. Good for one year.
Report of Building Records
Inspection not required. Residential and commercial. Buyer to acknowlege. Takes 7 days to process. Good for 6 months. Call Patricia or Ruby for fax or e-mail of application.
Palos Verdes Estates
Inspection not needed. Takes 5 working days. Good for 6 months. Homeowner applies. If third party applies, needs a City Business License in order to apply.
$132.66 – $265.33
Inspection required and cannot be waived. Single family, duplex, condos. Seller can assign responsibility for corrective work to Buyer which will require their acknowledgement. Buyer has 6 months to comply. Certificate is valid for 1 year. Must go in to apply.
Housing Records Search
No physical inspection. Report cannot be waived. Buyer doesn’t need to acknowledge it. Commercial buildings require the same report.
Residential & Commercial Building Records
Has option of report only or report and inspection. Required for residential and commercial. Buyer can waive with signature on waiver and sent to Building and Safety. Can obtain a supplement to original report that was obtained 6 months prior. No application online. Call for application.
Rancho Palos Verdes
Residential only. No inspection unless their records show violations exist. Buyer to acknowledge. Good for 6 months.
Rolling Hills Estates
Residential only. Buyer can choose a record search only or with an on-site inspection. Buyer to complete application. Takes 7 business days. Must have to close.
$325 + $100
each add. unit
Physical inspection required. Business license is required for businesses, which costs $100. Buyer must acknowledge report. Cannot be waived. Also required for commercial buildings. Good for 12 months. Go to Building Dept to get application.
Report Faxed. No physical inspection required. Buyer acknowledges report. Report cannot be waived. Good for 90 days.
(San Diego County)
Residential Inspection Upon Resale
Inspection required. Call or visit their office for an application. More information can be found on their Building and Safety page.
Residential only. City does not inspect, but needs to get a licensed contractor to do so. Valid for one year. Buyer does not need to sign off. Each building needs its own application.
Residential only. Energy Conservation required only once in lifetime of home and will be noted on the 3R report. The water conservation is required each time of transfer. Go to website to find City approved inspectors. Inspector normally charges flat fee for all inspections and filing fees.
$330 + $344/year
Residential only. Check if property contains stationary tank, if there is a cap on sidewalk or a generator for above ground or portables. Buyer must apply. There is a one time cost of $330 and a yearly tax license of $344, paid through Tax Collector. Fire Dept will inspect tanks yearly.
Residential Compliance Certificate
Residential only. Inspection fee separate. Apply in person, they will provide list of individuals or firms allowed to do inspection. Report cannot be waived. Buyer not required to acknowledge report. All violations must be corrected within 6 months. Takes 10 business days. Good 2 years or when sold.
(Contra Costa County)
Physical Inspection required. Report cannot be waived. Good for 6 months. Commercial buildings not required. Buyer does not need to acknowledge.
Inspections not required. Computer generated report. Can fill it out online. Cannot be waived. Buyer must acknowledge. Good for 6 months. Look for application form under “Forms – Public Records – Public Records Request”.
No physical inspection. Report cannot be waived. Buyer doesn’t need to acknowledge. Needs a sewer video it doesn’t have one within last 3 years. Go to Building Dept to get application.
Report emailed. Exterior inspection only. Must have every time the property transfers. Cannot be waived.
Residence Inspection program
Only for 4 units and up residential properties. Valid for 6 months. Buyer does not need to acknowledge. Must go to City to obtain application, 10:30-11:30 Monday-Friday.
Inspection required. Residential only or residential in mixed use units. Code violations to be corrected within a year by Seller or Buyer. Buyer to acknowledge. Report is good for one year.
Building and Safety Dept.
No property inspection or report required. However, does need a Smoke Detector Compliance done by Contractor.
Inspections required only if there are open permits, cost is then $308. No inspection cost is $82. Good for 6 months. Takes up to 10 working days to get.
No property inspection. Only review permits on file. Buyer to acknowledge.