Reroofing? Need a Clearance from the City of Los Angeles?

The city of Los Angeles requires homes to be ‘code compliant’ when permitting improvement projects over $1,000, and especially if the total amount of your re-roof project (or any project) is over $10,000. In this case, you will need a clearance from the city of Los Angeles. The LADBS Owner Statement and Acknowledgment of Compliance clearance application / form is located below). RetrofitLA, as a third party inspection service, can supply a code compliance clearance certificate to you which certifies the following items:

  1. Working smoke detectors in each bedroom and bedroom hallways. If two levels, a working smoke detector on each level at least.
  2. A working CO detector on each level, central to the living area or near the bedrooms. Note: Small homes are more susceptible to carbon monoxide incidences than larger, spacious homes.
  3. Double strapped hot water heater tank. If water heater is tank-less, no strapping is required. Strapping is intended to prevent the water heater tank from tipping over and erupting any sheared gas line during an earthquake.
  4. Low flow toilets, meaning most toilets installed after mid-1990s. Most of the time it will say ‘1.6GBF’ or similar somewhere near the base of the water tank or inside the tank. You can always send us a photo of the toilet if you are not sure.
  5. Code compliant seismic earthquake shut off valve on your gas meter.
  6. Glazed slider door on all or any of your glass slider dooring.
  7. Low flow shower heads and aerators on water faucets.
  8. Any other request from the city of Los Angeles Building and Safety department.

Once we issue you the certificate, you can send a copy to the LADBS to satisfy their requirements for a final re-roof permit sign off with the city of Los Angeles. As an independent third party, our certificate will show the city your home is completely compliant for purposes of obtaining your re-roof permit from the city.

Here are the dollar cut off points when applying for a permit with the city of Los Angeles when re-roofing your home.

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