Many cities have special requirements when it comes to buying or selling real estate. These items can range from a simple form to fill out, to a full housing inspection by the city, depending on which city, and the city’s current ordinances.
This can be confusing, and so Talbrook II Escrow Corp. has compiled a list containing each city requirement in this regard, for some of the most common cities in southern California.
We will continue to update this list, however due to the nature of change and city governance, we can not be held liable for any type of loss or any information which may be incorrect, although we do our best to verify the integrity of our information.
You may download our list in PDF format, or scroll down to view the City Requirements for Buying or Selling Real Estate in southern California.
Every city has in place their own policies and requirements for the sale or transfer of real estate. We have provided this document for your reference, in the event that you conduct a real estate sale or transfer transaction in the following cities:
|»» City of Laguna Beach|
A Real Property Report Form is required to be submitted to the Business Planning & Zoning Dept. Each Report is to be obtained and submitted in person only, by the seller. Form fee is $350.
Laguna Beach City Hall • 505 Forest Avenue • Laguna Beach, CA • 92651 •(949) 497-3311
|»» City of Newport Beach|
A Residential Building Inspection is required via a city code inspector. For more information, contact Jana Egan (949) 644-3216 or Susan McCourt (949) 644-3289. Seller’s side is responsible to order, Buyer may waive actual inspection but fees must still be paid.
- Single Family Residence $ 150
- Duplex $180
City of Newport Beach • 3300 Newport Blvd. • Newport Beach, CA • 92663
|»» City of Burbank|
A Retrofit Requirement ordinance requires that all properties resold in Burbank meet specific plumbing requirements for toilets, urinals, shower heads, and kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators as a condition of escrow. Compliance is the responsibility of the seller/transferor and is a condition of escrow.
Burbank Department of Water & Power: (818) 238-3700
City of Burbank • 164 W. Magnolia Blvd. • Burbank, CA 91502-1720 • Burbank Water & Power
|»» City of Carson|
A Residential Property Report ($150 Residential / $100 Condo) is required to be submitted to the Building & Safety Division. The seller or seller’s agent is highly encouraged to be present at the time of inspection. A business license may also be required for a realtor doing business within the city limits.
- · Division of Building & Safety (310) 952-1766
- Revenue Division (Business License) (310) 952-1748
Business License: http://ci.carson.ca.us/content/department/admin_service/buslicense.asp
City of Carson • 701 E. Carson St. • Carson, CA 90745 • Division of Building and Safety: (310) 952-1766
|»» City of Compton|
A Presale Inspection Form ($60 per unit) is required to be obtained from, and submitted to the Building & Safety Department. To schedule an inspection, please call during the business hours of Monday to Thursday, 7am to 6pm.
The seller or seller’s agent is required to be present at the time of inspection.
Building & Safety Department: (310) 605-5509
City of Compton • 205 S. Willowbrook Avenue • Compton, CA 90220 • Building and Safety Department: (310) 605-5509
|»» City of Huntington Park|
A Presale Inspection Form ($165) is required to be submitted to the Building & Safety Division. The seller or seller’s agent is required to be present at the time of inspection.
Building & Safety Division email@example.com
City of Huntington Park • 6550 Miles Avenue • Huntington Park, CA 90255 • Building and Safety: (323) 584-6271
|»» City of La Puente|
A No Ordinances or Requirements.
Direct Link: http://www.lapuente.org/
City of La Puente • 15900 E. Mean Street • La Puente, CA 91744 • (626) 855-1500
|»» City of Long Beach|
A Parking Impacted Areas form and inspection is required to be submitted to the City Building Inspector.
Peter M. Ronca, firstname.lastname@example.org Principal Building Inspector •Department of Community Development
City of Long Beach • 444 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 1700 • Long Beach, CA 90802 • City Building Inspector (562) 570-6515
|»» City of Los Angeles|
Separate documents are required for real estate transactions with in the City of Los Angeles. They are the Department of Water & Power Certificate of Compliance – Municipal Water Conservation Ordinance, and the Application for Report of Residential Property Records and Pending Special Assessment Liens.
- Los Angeles DWP CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE – Municipal Water Conservation Ordinance
Direct Link: http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp005999.pdf
LADWP • P O BOX 515406 • LOS ANGELES CA • 90051-6706 • (888)284-6130
- APPLICATION FOR REPORT OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY RECORDS AND PENDING SPECIAL ASSESSMENT LIENS (aka Form 9)
Direct Link: http://ladbs.org/LADBSWeb/LADBS_Forms/DataAndRecords/9aform_Autores.pdf
LADBS • 201 N. Figueroa St., 4th Floor • Los Angeles, CA • 90012 • (213) 482-6777
|»» City of Lynwood|
A Presale Real Property Report ($204) is required to be completed by the Seller or Seller’s Agent. A business license may also be required for a realtor doing business within the city limits (see pdf). For more information, please contact the Development Services Department, Building and Safety Division.
Maria Sifuentes, email@example.com •Building and Safety Division
See: Attached PDFs (4)
City of Lynwood • 11330 Bullis Road • Lynwood, CA 90262-3693 • City Building & Safety (310) 603-0220 ext. 246
|»» City of Maywood|
A Presale Inspection Report Application ($110) is required to be picked up in person. A business license may also be required for a realtor doing business within the city limits ($50).
City Building Inspector • (323) 562-5724
City of Maywood • 4319 E. Slauson Avenue • Maywood, CA 90270 • City Building Inspector (323) 562-5724
|»» City of South Gate|
All homes for sale in the City of South Gate are inspected for code violations, which must be corrected prior to sale, or revealed to a prospective buyer who must agree to correct them. For additional information, contact:
Building & Safety • (323) 563-9583
Ordinance No. 2003: http://www.sogate.org/download/index.cfm/fuseaction/download/cid/894/
City of Maywood • 8650 California Avenue • South Gate, CA 90280 • Building & Safety (323) 563-9583