If selling your home in 2017, there are some new state requirements to be aware of:


Senate Bill SB-407 was approved by the California State Governor in 2009 establishing requirements for residential AND commercial properties built and available for use on or before January 1994 to replace plumbing fixtures that are not water conserving. The bill requires that on or before January 1, 2017, all noncompliant plumbing fixtures in any single family residential real property to be replaced by the property owner with water conserving plumbing fixtures.

The bill requires sellers of single family residential properties, multi-family residential properties or commercial properties to disclose the status of existing water conserving fixtures in the home and bring to code any fixtures that are not compliant.

A “Noncompliant plumbing fixture” means any of the following:

(1) Any toilet manufactured to use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush.

(2) Any urinal manufactured to use more than one gallon of water per flush.

(3) Any showerhead manufactured to have a flow capacity of more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute.

(4) Any interior faucet that emits more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute.

This requirement does not apply to:

(a) Registered historical sites.

(b) Real property for which a licensed plumber certifies that, due to the age or configuration of the property or its plumbing, installation of water-conserving plumbing fixtures is not technically feasible.

(c) A building for which water service is permanently disconnected.

If a property is scheduled for demolition, the requirements will be postponed for one year from the date of issuance of a demolition permit. Click for more details.

If you are considering selling in 2017 and are unsure if your home meets the requirements or needs updates to your fixtures, please contact our office and we will assist in coordinating a plumbing inspection, estimates and updates so that when it is time to go to market, the home is compliant prior to a home inspection. Or if you would like to manage the updates on your own, many hardware stores, such as The Home Depot, make it easy to determine the appropriate fixtures to purchase for updates.