AB-38 Residential Re-Sale Fire Inspection Look Up

AB-38 Defensible Space Inspections and Compliance Reports for Real Estate Transactions in High or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.


Assembly Bill 38 (2019) established that, as of July 1, 2021, California Civil Code Section 1102.19 requires a seller of real property located in a High or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (FHSZ) to provide the buyer with documentation the property is in compliance with defensible space requirements.
The law allows, that if documentation demonstrating compliance cannot be obtained by the close of escrow, the seller and buyer can enter into a written agreement showing that the buyer agrees to obtain documentation of compliance within one year of the close of escrow. Read CIV 1102.19

How do I determine if the property is in Fire Hazard Severity Zone subject to AB-38?


If the property is within the SRA (State Responsibility Area), an AB-38 inspection is required in both High and Very High FHSZ. If the property is within the LRA (Local Responsibility Area), an AB-38 inspection is required in the Very High FHSZ. Please use the lookup tool to determine which zone your home is in and if your property is subject to AB-38 inspection. Vacant parcels can only be searched by parcel number.
Important note: Some local fire jurisdictions conduct general re-sale inspections regardless of AB-38 requirements. Contact your local fire jurisdiction or town regarding general re-sale inspections.

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