Orange County Retrofit (Code Compliance) Requirements When Selling

Most Realtors in Orange county ‘waive’ RPA governmental code compliance when selling, even though given the option, many sellers would opt for a ‘retrofit’ or ‘code compliance’ inspection upon sale to cover their liability after the close of their escrow.

When selling a home in the county of Orange, the following items should be checked by a ‘dis-interested’ and independent third party retrofitter for full compliance. This ensures all parties, including sellers, agents and their brokers, will be covered in case of problems after the close of escrow.

Homes in Orange County, California, upon sale, require working smoke detectors in each bedroom and bedroom hallway, and on each floor. Smoke detectors can be either battery type or hard wired type. Seismic EQ valve on gas meter is not required. Carbon monoxide detector on each level at least. Hot Water heater tank must be double strapped. Tankless water heaters do not need to be strapped. Low flow toilets and showerheads in each bathroom, state standard is 1.6 GBF.

Individual cities in Orange County typically follow the guidelines for county of Orange. Orange county guidelines are the same as for the state of California.

Call us with any questions you may have at 310-800-4418.

Orange County – Admin Offices

400 W Civic Center Drive

Santa Ana, CA 92701


2 thoughts on “Orange County Retrofit (Code Compliance) Requirements When Selling”

  1. Behrouz Tahbaz

    Dear folks,
    I would like to know whether there is any mandatory retrofit program that commercial building owners should follow.
    Thank you,
    Behrouz Tahbaz


      That link is for when selling in the city of LA. If in the county area of LA, an gas earthquake shut off valve is not needed, but everything else – Vince

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