DeKalb Low-Flow Fixture Inspection

We provide low flow compliance verifications for both home buyers and sellers.

Properties built prior to 1993 in unincorporated DeKalb County must have low flow plumbing fixtures installed upon resale before the new owner can obtain water service from the Watershed Department. This requirement is based on DeKalb's Inefficient Plumbing Fixtures Replacement Plan Ordinance (or Low Flow Ordinance).


Certificate of Compliance for Buyers

Our inspectors can verify whether your new residential or commercial property has plumbing fixtures which comply with the Low Flow Ordinance guidelines. If your property meets the necessary standards, you'll immediately receive the Certificate of Compliance required by DeKalb County to turn your water on.


Compliance Voucher for Sellers

Sellers must inform buyers of the Low Flow Ordinance as part of the disclosure and/or sales contract. We offer Compliance Vouchers to help avoid last minute price and/or other renegotiations due to buyer concerns about the home's potential non-compliance and the related costs. A seller can then provide the voucher along with the disclosure to assure buyers that the home's plumbing fixtures fully comply with the ordinance. Upon closing, the new home owner may then use their voucher to request a Certificate of Compliance from us at no cost.


All properties must meet these requirements:

  • Toilets: 1.6 gallons per flush max.
  • Urinals: 1.0 gallons per flush max.
  • Shower heads: 2.5 gallons per minute max.
  • Bathroom/Lavatory faucets: 2.0 gallons per minute max.
  • Kitchen faucets: 2.2 gallons per minute max.


To facilitate the replacement of inefficient toilets in unincorporated DeKalb, the county has a rebate program through which you can receive $50-$100 each for up to 3 replacement toilets.

We provide low flow compliance verifications for both home buyers and sellers.

Properties built prior to 1993 in unincorporated DeKalb County must have low flow plumbing fixtures installed upon resale before the new owner can obtain water service from the Watershed Department. This requirement is based on DeKalb's Inefficient Plumbing Fixtures Replacement Plan Ordinance (or Low Flow Ordinance).


Certificate of Compliance for Buyers

Our inspectors can verify whether your new residential or commercial property has plumbing fixtures which comply with the Low Flow Ordinance guidelines. If your property meets the necessary standards, you'll immediately receive the Certificate of Compliance required by DeKalb County to turn your water on.


Compliance Voucher for Sellers

Sellers must inform buyers of the Low Flow Ordinance as part of the disclosure and/or sales contract. We offer Compliance Vouchers to help avoid last minute price and/or other renegotiations due to buyer concerns about the home's potential non-compliance and the related costs. A seller can then provide the voucher along with the disclosure to assure buyers that the home's plumbing fixtures fully comply with the ordinance. Upon closing, the new home owner may then use their voucher to request a Certificate of Compliance from us at no cost.


All properties must meet these requirements:

  • Toilets: 1.6 gallons per flush max.
  • Urinals: 1.0 gallons per flush max.
  • Shower heads: 2.5 gallons per minute max.
  • Bathroom/Lavatory faucets: 2.0 gallons per minute max.
  • Kitchen faucets: 2.2 gallons per minute max.



Prior to the Inspection

Before the inspection date, the owner must check whether the plumbing fixtures in their property meets the necessary guidelines and replace any that do not. Afterwards, they should schedule an inspection with us. Upon inspection, if all the fixtures are compliant, the owner will receive a Certificate of Compliance or Compliance Voucher. If any non-compliant fixtures are found, the owner must have them replaced and schedule another inspection.


Price List

  • Houses (3,000 sq. ft. or less (basement or crawl) $400
  • Houses (3,000 sq. ft. or less (slab) $350
  • Over 3,000 sq. ft. is an additional $50/500 sq. ft.
  • Condo (2 bedroom) $315
  • Condo (1 bedroom) $275
  • Infrared exam/Energy Audit $400
  • Radon Exam $200
  • Dekalb Low-Flow Inspection $75
  • Re-inspection $125