New plumbing fixture law California Civil Code § 1101.4

New plumbing fixture lawThe new plumbing fixture law is not that new at all.  It is part of an older code that has restrictions that were built into the law over time.  Some cities like Los Angeles have had tougher restrictions for quite a while. October 11, 2009 SB 407, Property transfers: plumbing fixtures replacement was signed into law.  Triggers set for 2017 are as follows:

The bill would require, on and after January 1, 2017, that a seller or transferor of single-family residential real property, multifamily residential real property, or commercial real property disclose to a purchaser or transferee, in writing, specified requirements for replacing plumbing fixtures, and whether the real property includes noncompliant plumbing. The bill would require, on and after January 1, 2017, a seller of certain residential real property to make a specified disclosure in this regard.

“Noncompliant plumbing fixture” means any of the following:
(1) Any toilet manufactured to use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush.
(2) Any shower head manufactured to have a flow capacity of more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute.
(3) Any interior faucet that emits more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute.
If you live in Los Angeles then the regulations are tougher and already mandatory, but for Simi Valley residents and other parts of Ventura County the requirement is as stated above and is a new point of sale requirement when selling your home.  Be sure to call your local building and safety department to make sure they have not applied more restrictive requirements.

How do you know if you have 1.6 gallon flush toilets?  It should be stamped in the porcelain tank.  Just remove the lid of the toilet tank and it should be marked at the like the picture below.

Property transfers plumbing fixtures replacement
The State is always looking for way to force home owners to spend money on home improvements at the time the home owner goes to sell their home.  In the past they tried to pass laws to make home owners replace their roof and air conditioners before selling. Thankfully this plumbing law is not as costly as a new roof or new air conditioner, but it is still  a hassle all the same.

If you own a home in Simi Valley the following retrofits are required when you sell your home.

Smoke Detectors – Most have only a 10 year operational life and need to be replaced if older than 10 years.  New requirements require a 10 lithium non remavable litum battery.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors – One per floor and outside sleeping areas which could cause a requirement of more than one per floor.

Water heater – Strapped and braced according to state requirements.

Toilets, Shower heads and Faucets – with the flow rates as specified above.


If you live in the LA area, and you’re wishing to sell your home or condo, but you think you need a little help, specially considering these new laws, you can contact, they’ll be able to help you out and address any other questions you may have.

About Ted Mackel

Active real estate broker and entrepreneur in Simi Valley. Ted has a passion for business, has deep knowledge about residential and commercial real estate and is one of the few to be a long time blogger/writer on these subjects. In his free time you'll find Ted enjoying baseball with his family (Go Dodgers), reaching his goal of spanish fluency, and pursuing his hobbies with RC aircraft and Lionel Trains.


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