All City facilities are currently closed for walk-in service following the Shelter in Place Order for the County of Marin. Please call for details about the services you are interested in. 

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) information and resources

Residential Resale

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Effect of the Marin County Shelter in Place Order: All building inspections for active permits will continue as normal. Staffing will be limited, however, so customers should anticipate delays. No new applications for permits or plan check will be accepted for the time being.

Code Enforcement complaints involving life safety issues will also continue as normal; all others will be deferred.

Resale Inspections will be temporarily suspended during the local emergency. We are currently not accepting online payments for resale's due to the shelter in place order. If you have a property in escrow or closing escrow prior to the return of normal business, there will be no 'penalty' for not completing a resale prior to sale.

However, keep in mind that any violations of municipal or building code remain with the property and therefore might require corrective action that would be the responsibility of the buyer/new owner.

Once inspections restart, those whose inspection have been postponed will have first available choice.


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 an online resale request.

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!
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.