Southern CA City Residential Reports

Many cities in Southern California require “pre-sale” property reports

City PanoramaIn an effort to assist you, as an owner and possible future Seller, or as a real estate professional, below is a list of cities in California which have adopted ordinances that require a “pre-sale” property report.  Meaning that before an escrow can close and property transferred, the City has to disclose to the Buyer items/issues on the City records as to the status of the property, its permits, violations, and compliance with its building code ordinances.  Here is a quick guide to some Southern CA City Residential Report requirements.
Many require an on-site inspection by their inspector, others just do an internal check, but all require fees to be paid.
It is our aim to make it easier for you with easy to understand information. Information provided below is current upon our post; however, the Cities may change, update or eliminate requirements and costs. Therefore, this is to aid you but no guarantee is given. Please check with the City website for current updates.

North Orange County Escrow Corporation

County City Contact Phone Cost In Brief and Notes/Comments
LOS ANGELES Azusa 626-812-5235 $53 -$170 All properties, including vacant land, but not on first sale. Buyer to acknowledge report, six month time limit. Prices subject to change each summer.
LOS ANGELES Beverly Hills 310-285-1141 No Cost Buyer and Seller sign form. Only deals with smoke detector and water conservation.
LOS ANGELES Burbank 818-238-3730 No Cost All residential, commercial, and industrial buildings required to be retrofitted with low consumption plumbing fixtures. Compliance is the responsibility of the seller/transferor and is a condition of escrow.
LOS ANGELES Carson 310-952-1766 $100 -$150+ On-site inspection required. Six month expiration. Buyer must acknowledge.
LOS ANGELES Compton 310-605-5509 $60 + $60/unit add’l Inspection required. Residential only. Call for application form. Buyer acknowledgement of residential Building Report needed.
LOS ANGELES Culver City 310-253-5800 $96-$128 No inspection required. Need Report on residential and commercial properties, not vacant land. Call for application. Takes ten business days. Buyer to acknowledge. Real estate agents=payment requirements.
LOS ANGELES El Monte 626-580-2050 $195.50-$252.50 Inspection required. Residential and commercial properties. Buyer acknowledgement required.
LOS ANGELES El Segundo 310-524-2380 None None
LOS ANGELES Gardena 310-217-9530 $68-$214.00 Inspection required –exterior only. Report to be delivered 15 days prior to closing. Residential and commercial. Condos exempt. Buyer can sign Waiver and must acknowledge Report or Waiver.
LOS ANGELES Hawaiian Gardens 562-420-2641 x208 $265 Inspection required. Residential and commercial properties. New construction exempt. Delivery 21 days prior to closing. Buyer to acknowledge..
LOS ANGELES Hermosa Beach 310-318-0235 $136 Residential only. Two week processing.. Exterior inspection only. six month expiration.
LOS ANGELES Huntington Park

Residential Pre-Sale Inspection Program

323-584-6271 $60 – $105+ Inspection required. Single Family one to four units and vacant land. No commercial or over four units. Six month expiration.
LOS ANGELES Inglewood 310-412-5294 $163-$353 + $11/unit add’l No longer accepts escrow company checks and a credit card payment is only allowed if the application is being walked in.
LOS ANGELES Lomita 310-325-7110 $122 per parcel* *This does not include the cost of an interior building inspection. If requested by the property owner, the Los Angeles County DPW hourly rate shall apply.
LOS ANGELES Long Beach 562-570-6328 $29 & Up The Inspection and Resale Report is required for all properties in the Parking Impacted Area that have or should have a traditional garage upon close of escrow.
LOS ANGELES City 213-482-6777 $70.20 per parcel No inspection. Need for residential and vacant land. No commercial or first sale of new residential. Need application form with original signatures by Seller (and Buyer if Buyer is doing work.) Six month expiration.
LOS ANGELES City-DWP 213-367-4211 $15-$75+ Licensed plumber to certify low-flow toilets and showerheads and sign certificate. Seller and Buyer to also sign.
LOS ANGELES Lynwood 310-603-0220 Ext. 289 $230.44 Inspection required-exterior only. Real estate agent must have business license for Lynwood to apply.
LOS ANGELES Manhattan Beach 310-802-5505 $303 No inspection. Residential only. Application under Forms “Residential Building Report” on website. Water Conservation Retrofit required.
LOS ANGELES Malibu  310-456-2489 $185 Inspection required for onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS).
LOS ANGELES Maywood 323-562-5727 $110 Inspection required. Multi-copy Application form is mailed. Report cannot be waived and Buyer must acknowledge. No expiration until next sale. Applicant must have City Business License.
LOS ANGELES Palos Verdes Estates 310-378-0383 $113 Inspection not needed. Takes five working days. Six month expiration. Homeowner to apply or third party applicant must have City Business License.
LOS ANGELES Pasadena 626-744-4633 $136.99-$273.98 Inspection required; cannot be waived. Single-family, duplex, condos. Seller can assign correction work to Buyer and both must acknowledge. Buyer to comply within six months. Certificate valid for one year. Must appear in person to re-apply.
LOS ANGELES Rancho Palos Verdes None None None
LOS ANGELES Redondo Beach 310-318-0636 $40 Residential only. No inspection unless records show violations.. Buyer to acknowledge. Six months expiration.
LOS ANGELES Rolling Hills Estates 310-377-1577 $200-$300 Residential only. Buyer can choose record search only or on-site inspection. Buyer to complete application. Takes seven business days. Required to close escrow.
LOS ANGELES San Fernando 818-898-1231 $240 Residential only. Inspection required. Sellers to submit a Residential Property Pre-Sale Inspection Application and obtain the resulting pre-sale inspection report before they sell any residential property. Required to close escrow.
LOS ANGELES San Marino 626-300-0700 $65 Residential only. Inspection fee separate. Apply in person; qualified inspector list provided. Takes ten days. Report cannot be waived. All violations must be corrected within six months. Buyer not required to acknowledge. Two year expiration or when sold.
LOS ANGELES Santa Monica 310-458-8355 $252 Inspection not required. Computer record online application. Cannot be waived. Buyer to acknowledge. Six month expiration.
LOS ANGELES Signal Hill 562-989-7348 $170-$565 4-units & up residential only. Six month expiration. Buyer does not need to acknowledge. Apply in person; limited hours.
LOS ANGELES South Gate 323-563-9500 $63 Inspection required. Residential or residential in mixed-use units only. Code violations to be corrected within one year by Seller or Buyer. Buyer to acknowledge. One year expiration.
LOS ANGELES Torrance Bldg & Safety 310-618-5898 None No inspection or report; Certificate of Compliance by Contractor.
ORANGE COUNTY Laguna Beach 949-497-0714 $350 No inspection. Report required for all properties. Apply in person. Takes seven days. Real estate agent must have City Business License.
ORANGE COUNTY Newport Beach 949-644-3200 $165-$192+ Residential only. Inspection not required but owner to acknowledge and noted on records. 30 days to complete inspection after application. Corrections within 30 days or Buyer can assume responsibility. One year expiration.
ORANGE COUNTY Orange None None None
RIVERSIDE Cathedral City 760-770-8200 $52 The realtor/seller will receive two forms (gold and pink) of the approved inspection. These forms are to be retained by the escrow office in the escrow file. If there is no escrow, these forms are given to the person who requested the inspection.
RIVERSIDE Palm Springs 760-323-8186 $51 Single family residences; condominiums; duplexes; and mobile homes.
SAN BERNARDINO San Bernardino 909-387-8311 None None
SAN DIEGO SAN DIEGO 619-533-7485 $10 Water Conservation Certificate verification system will identify which properties already have a valid certificate on file with the City of San Diego Water Department .
SANTA BARBARA Carpinteria 805-684-5405 Ext. 451 $245-$400 On-site inspection. Report cannot be waived. Buyer must acknowledge. Six month expiration.
VENTURA Oxnard 805-385-7840 $38.34 Inspection not required. Residential and commercial. Buyer to acknowledge. Takes seven days. Six month expiration.
VENTURA Thousand Oaks 805-449-2500 $65-$245 Required only if open permits-$245. No inspection-$65. Six month expiration. Takes ten days.
VENTURA Ventura 805-385-7780 $79 No inspection only review permits on file. Buyer to acknowledge.