California Civil Code Section 1101.5 requires that that all noncompliant (i.e. not water conserving) plumbing fixtures shall be replaced with water-conserving plumbing fixtures no later than January 1, 2019. This includes kitchen and bathroom faucets, showerheads, toilets, hot water heaters, etc. so if you plan to replace any plumbing fixtures, make sure to purchase water-conserving devices.
If you own a multifamily or commercial building, there are a few instances where the retrofit will be required effective January 1, 2014:
- If you build an addition that adds more than 10% floor space, the plumbing fixtures in the entire building must be replaced
- If an improvement is greater than $150,000, the plumbing fixtures must be replaced in the specific area of the improvement
- Any alterations that require the issuance of a Permit (what doesn’t?), the plumbing fixtures must be replaced to get the Final