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Real Property Transfer Tax (RPTT) Rebate Claim Form - El Cerrito Minicipal Code Chapter 4.64

  1. Qualifying seismic upgrades or energy or water conservation projects shall be completed either up to one year prior to the transfer of real property or within one year after the transfer. If the work qualifying for a rebate is completed prior to the transfer of the real property, the transferor and transferee may decide who may apply for and receive the rebate. The maximum rebate shall be one-third (1/3) of the tax paid for a transfer of real property. Multiple rebate applications may be submitted for a rebate of the tax paid, but the total rebate for all applications shall not exceed the maximum of one-third (1/3) of the tax paid. Receipts and/or copies of signed contracts for work completed must be submitted with this form. Property owners wishing to perform their own work may not include a charge for their time for rebate consideration.


  3. Water heater upgrades to 82% AFUE or better units (storage type, tankless or heat pump)

  4. Doors and windows upgrades to U factor of .32 or better

  5. Higher efficiency built-in appliances

  6. Wall and attic insulation to meet Energy Code standards

  7. Skylight upgrades to .32 U factor or better

  8. Re-roof with "cool roof" system and/or materials

  9. Installation of radiant barrier under roof sheathing and rafters

  10. Install attic ventilation fan with thermostatic control

  11. Replace older natural gas heating units with higher efficiency units of 80% or better rating

  12. Replace older natural gas or electric heating and/or cooling units with heat pump units

  13. Advanced circulating fans for natural gas, propane or oil furnaces

  14. Weather stripping and caulking around doors, windows, exterior seams and electrical outlets

  15. Seal around wall, floor and furnace register boots

  16. Install code approved gray water irrigation system with permit

  17. Install code approved rain water catchment system with permit

  18. Permanently installed electric vehicle charging station

  19. Installation of a solar electric and/or solar thermal (water heating) system


  21. Approved and permitted seismic strengthening upgrade complying with Standard Planset A, CEBC Appendix Chapter A3, or engineered plan

  22. Replacement/Repair of foundation and/or replacement/repair of rotted mudsills in conjunction with seismic strengthening upgrade

  23. Installation of shear or braced walls designed by a licensed engineer

  24. Anchoring of water heaters

  25. Installing flexible gas and water connectors at water heaters

  26. Remove masonry chimneys to firebox shoulder and rebuild with metal chimney system

  27. Remove wood burning fireplaces and chimneys completely (if desired, replace with gas burning fireplaces)

  28. Repairing unsafe egress components such as stairs, landings, ramps, etc.

  29. Note: Most of the above upgrades require a permit and inspection by the Building Division. Please call 510-215-4360 to confirm if the specific upgrade requires a permit before proceeding. Work that requires a permit and inspection and that is completed without will not be eligible for the transfer tax rebate.

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