We, like most jurisdictions in Marin County, require a Point of Sale inspection for all residential dwelling units whenever the property is sold.
A Residential Resale Report is a building permit records check and physical inspection of all residential units which are sold in San Rafael. All permits are listed on the report and any permits which are not complete or have expired are identified and typically must be followed up on. Additionally we will list all planning actions and construction related code enforcement cases.
The primary purpose of the inspection is to verify that any modifications or improvements which may have been made to the structure(s) on the property are in conformance with State and local building codes and zoning ordinances, and were constructed with permits.
Single Family Dwelling: $290.00 (Duplex Dwellings $580.00)
Apartments: $270.00 for the first unit; ($30.00 each additional unit)
Apply for a Residential Resale Report
You may apply online for a Residential Resale Report if paying by credit card or you can mail in a PDF application along with a check. Please note: The process for applying for a Residential Resale Report online is the same as applying for a Building Permit. The difference will be to select "Resale Online" as the permit type.
If you would like to order your report in person, you may do so Monday - Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the 3rd floor Building Counter in City Hall.
What will our Building Inspector be looking for?
The purpose of the inspection is to make sure that any new construction, modifications, or improvements which may have been made to the property are in conformance with State and local building codes and zoning ordinances, and were constructed with permits.
Permits for the following items may be obtained at the Building Division Public counter in City Hall anytime during regular business hours. If these permits are obtained and the inspection approval granted within 15 days of the issuance of this report, no enforcement action will be taken by the City. Failure to do so will result in the issuance of a Notice.
- Replacement water heater
- Replacement furnace
- Electrical: Main service upgrade
- Window replacements/exterior door replacements
The following sorts of violations typically require plans & review. Many of these types of issues can be handled through our Over-the-Counter permit process on Tuesday & Thursday mornings. More complex matters may need a Submittal Application. Contact the Building Division at 415-485-3367 for further information.
- Work done without a permit (for example):
- 2nd dwelling unit
- Accessory structure or building w/o permit
- Garage/Basement/Attic Conversion
- Hot tub / spa installation
- Kitchen/ Bath remodel
- Retaining walls - new or replacement
- Any EXPIRED permits must be renewed and inspected
On August 1, 2016 the City Council held a study session to review options for the City’s residential building resale (RBR) program. The City Council decided to reconvene on the issue in about a month to solicit further input. The date will be posted here once it's scheduled. Check out the PowerPoint and summary of options from the meeting!