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Non-Compliant Plumbing Fixtures, Alterations and Disclosure

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As of Feb. 28, 2022, the City of San Diego no longer requires property owners to file a Water Conservation Certificate upon the resale of their property. 


California Senate Bill 407 (Proper transfers: plumbing fixtures replacement) requires that beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, all building alterations or improvements to single-family residential property, must remove non-water-conserving plumbing fixtures and replace them with compliant plumbing fixtures as a condition for issuance of a certificate of final completion and occupancy or final permit approval by the local building department.

Disclosure Requirement

SB 407 requires the disclosure of non-compliant fixtures between the seller and buyer at the time of property transfer. This requirement can typically be disclosed on a Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement and can be found on the California Association of Realtors website at www.CAR.org.

Non-Compliant Fixtures
The list below describes the non-compliant fixtures that must be replaced:
  • Toilets that are manufactured to use more than 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf).
  • Showerheads that emit more than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm).
  • Sink faucets (bathroom, bar and kitchen sink faucets) that use more than 2.2 gpm.
  • Reverse Osmosis Systems require automatic shut-off valves.
  • Urinals that use more than 1.0 gpf.

Financial Incentives

For rebate information, please visit the Metropolitan Water District's Be Water Wise website at www.bewaterwise.com.