Requirements When Selling Residential and Commercial Property


For Existing Single or Two Family Dwellings, Condominiums and Apartments

Water Conservation Any commercial or residential building containing plumbing fixtures shall comply with the City’s Water Conservation Ordinance. This program is administered by the Department of Water and Power. Please see Water Conservation Ordinance and Compliance. (Section 122.03 L.A.M.C.)
Security Lighting and Locks All apartment buildings (buildings containing three or more dwelling units) shall be provided with security lighting and locks. Exterior lighting shall be provided in parking areas, walkways, recreation areas and similar locations as well as at the entrance of each dwelling unit. Interior lighting shall be provided in recreation or service rooms and in parking garages. Locks shall be provided at all doors and windows leading into each dwelling unit. (Section 91.8607 L.A.M.C. – Effective January 12, 1998)
Smoke Detectors Smoke detectors, shall be mounted on the ceiling or wall of each existing room used for sleeping purposes and at a point centrally located on the wall or ceiling of the existing corridor or area giving access to these rooms. Where a dwelling unit has more than one story or where a dwelling unit has a basement, a detector shall be installed on each story or basement. Smoke detectors may be battery operated in Single Family Dwellings only. Smoke detectors in Two Family Dwellings, Condominiums and Apartments shall be hard wired and be equipped with a battery backup (Hard wired detectors installed prior to May 11, 1999 DO NOT require battery backup). Please refer to the actual code section listed below and all manufactures requirements for location and type of smoke detectors required. (Section 91.8603. L.A.M.C. – Effective Aug 1, 1980)
Carbon Monoxide Detectors An owner of a dwelling or a sleeping units intended for human occupancy shall install a carbon monoxide device, approved by the State Fire Marshal and listed to UL2034 by a recognized testing agency, in each such existing unit having a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or an attached garage, within the earliest applicable time period as follows: (1) For all existing single-family dwelling units intended for human occupancy on or before July 1, 2011. (2) For all other existing dwelling units intended for human occupancy on or before January 1, 2011. (Section 91.420.6.2.2 L.A.M.C.)
Impact Hazard Glazing Existing glass in every sliding glass panel of sliding-type doors, other than wardrobe doors, bathroom shower doors and french-type wooden doors shall be impact hazard glazing or an approved film may be installed on the glass. (Division 2401 L.A.M.C. Effective May 24, 1986)
Report of Residential Property Records
(Form 9 or RPR)
Section 96.300 L.A.M.C. requires that the seller of Residential Property within the City of Los Angeles shall apply to the City for a report of Residential Property Records and Pending Special Assessment Liens (aka Form 9) and deliver such report to the buyer prior to entering into an agreement of sale or exchange of the Residential Property or prior to close of escrow in connection therewith. Refer to the Forms section at this website for submitting a paper application or our Online service Residential Property Report System for submitting a request for RPR using the internet.

Commercial and Residential Buildings

Earthquake Gas Shut-Off Valves (EQSO) Any commercial or residential building containing fuel gas piping shall require the installation of an EQSO valve. (Section 94.1217 L.A.M.C. – Effective July 1, 1995)
Security Devices Place Over Emergency
Escape Windows or Doors
Section 91.310.4 L.A.M.C. requires that every sleeping room below the fourth story shall have at least one operable window or door approved for emergency escape or rescue that shall open directly into a public street, public alley, yard or exit court. The emergency door or window shall be operable from the inside to provide a full, clear opening without the use of separate tools. Bars, grilles, grates, security roll down shutters or similar devices may be installed on emergency escape or rescue windows or doors, provided: (1) The devices are equipped with approved release mechanisms that are openable from the inside without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort; and (2) The building is equipped with hard-wired or battery operated smoke detectors installed in accordance with Section 91.310.9.1.4. (Section 91.310.4 L.A.M.C.)