California has become the first state in the nation to require low-flow toilets in virtually all homes, apartment houses and businesses under a law that took effect January 1, 2017.
The water-conserving measure (Civil Code §1101.4) requires low-flow toilets, shower heads and interior faucets for single-family homes exceeding 20 years in age (homes built after that date already have them) will see an immediate impact if they remodel and don’t have the fixtures.
Starting Jan. 1, Owners of single-family homes built before 1994- a number near 172,000 in Ventura County — won’t be able to get final approval for a variety of home improvements — from replacements of windows to a room addition — unless they have low-flow plumbing fixtures throughout their properties.
Exceptions: These requirements do not apply to:
(1) Registered historical sites
(2) Real property for which a licensed plumber certified that, due to the age or configuration of the property or its plumbing, installation of water-conserving plumbing fixtures is not technically feasible
(3) A building for which water service is permanently disconnected.
(4) Additionally, there is a one-year exemption for any building slated for demolition, and any city or county that has adopted a retrofit requirement prior to 2009 is itself exempt.
The new law also requires the disclosure of water-conserving plumbing fixtures. Although the installation of water-conserving plumbing fixtures is not a point of sale requirement, California Civil Code §§1101.4 requires the seller to disclose to the buyer the requirements (single family properties beginning in 2017) and §§1101.5 (multifamily and commercial properties beginning 2019) concerning water-conserving plumbing fixtures and whether the property contains any non-compliant water fixtures.
Posted on February 22, 2017 at 11:08 am by Kathy Fontana & Marlene Arimura-Mortimer