Southern California Cities that Require "City Pre-Sale Inspection Report."

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Independent Real Estate Broker DRE#00972295

This is just a partial list. If you know of a city that requires a “city pre-sale inspection report” prior to closing escrow—please let me know so I can add it to the list. Leave it as a comment or email me at:  Thanks for helping me complete this list.

Just in case you are wondering: “What’s “City Pre-Sale Inspection?

First, let me say what it is NOT!....A “City Pre-Sale Inspection IS NOT an inspection for the soundness of the structure nor condition of the property.  It’s a report that some cities require prior to close of escrow in the sale of a real property; but not all cities require this report, please check with your city for more information.  I have heard so many comments from confused buyers who think that because the property passes “city” code it must mean the property is in good shape.

This report will not tell you if the roof leaks, if there are foundation issues, or if there are plumbing problems.

To find out if the property’s foundation, plumbing, roof, electrical systems are in working and good shape, you will need to hire an Independent Professional Home Inspector.  Starting cost for a professional home inspection can range from $200 to $350. The price will depend on the type of property, total square feet and on the total number of units.

The city building inspector looks for any building “code violations” such as: additions and conversations without a permits—like converting a garage into a rental unit, adding a room, adding a closest, or a bath, changing windows, roof, etc.

While most cities follow a nationwide “standard” building code—you should check with the City Building Department in your area for more information.

Here is the (partial) list of Southern California cities that require a Pre-Sale inspection:

Azusa (City of Azusa),

Beverly Hills (City of Beverly Hills),

Carson - Residential Property Report Ordinance (City of Carson)



Culver City,

El Segundo,


Hawaiian Garden,

Hermosa Beach,

Huntington Park (As of 7/1/02 1-4 units only),


Laguna Beach,

Los Angeles (City of LA only RPR-form 9),


Manhattan Beach,


Monterey Park,

Newport Beach,



Palos Verdes Estates,


Port Hueneme,

Rancho Palos Verdes,

Redondo Beach,

Rolling Hills,

San Diego,

San Marino,

Santa Monica,

South Gate,

Signal Hill,


Thousand Oaks,

(your City?) Is your city not listed here and it requires a “city pre-sale inspection report” prior to closing escrow, please let me know so I can add it to the list.

Leave it as a comment or email me. I appreciate your help and I hope you enjoyed this poste and if you or someone you know needs a Realtor, please call me at (562) 916-3237. 

Posted by

Aida Pinto (562) 884-6196
Los Angeles County
Real Estate Broker

The Real Estate Maven :


Short Sale, Probate and standard real estate expert.


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
ActiveRain Community
California Los Angeles County
Active Rain Newbies
Southern California Real Estate Forum
California Short Sales, REO's, and Foreclosures
southern california cities that require city presale inspection report

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Aida, Our "code's" departments only inspect during construction. Other than that they do no type of inspections before closing.

May 19, 2011 05:16 AM #1
Aida Pinto
Independent Real Estate Broker - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196

Thank you Connie for your are lucky...some presale inspections hurt more than help...

May 19, 2011 06:42 AM #2
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Aida Pinto

Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196
Ask me a question

Additional Information