The City of Novato Residential Resale program was initiated in 1988 as a means to ensure safe housing in the Novato community. Since the start of the resale program, many progressive changes have occurred. Due to these changes, the City of Novato resale program is the most advanced, comprehensive and goal-focused. Code Enforcement Resale Inspectors research properties prior to inspections, noting permits issued, permit status and pending code violations.
All residential properties are required to set appointments for inspection prior to sale.
(NMC 4-8) Only the property owner or the listing agent may order a resale inspection.
Before scheduling your inspection, please review the Frequently Asked Questions about Residential Resale Inspection, and read How to Prepare for a Residential Resale Inspection.
We now offer ordering and paying for a resale inspection online! After placing the order, staff will contact you within 48 business hours to schedule the appointment. Click here to begin.
To schedule an inspection by mail print all four pages of the application, fill out the top two sections on Page One, and mail all four pages of the completed application with a check (see form for fees) payable to City of Novato to the address on the form. Upon receipt, we'll contact you to schedule a date and time for the property inspection. You may also print all four pages and bring them to our office between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm (closed from 1-2 for lunch) Monday - Friday. The city is closed on alternating Fridays. Payment is by Visa, Mastercard, Check or Cash. We cannot accept payment by phone.
Print the Residential Property Inspection Report (PDF - fill-in form)
Failure to submit all pages of the application will delay your inspection!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Only the PROPERTY OWNER or their
LISTING AGENT can schedule and pay for an inspection.
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
To dispute the results of a resale inspection, read and complete this form.
Multi-family Housing Inspection
This program has been in effect since 1973, administered by the County of Marin Environmental Health Department under an agreement between the County and the City of Novato. The purpose is to ensure compliance with the Uniform Housing Code and to provide safe housing for the community.