RECO: Sale or Transfer of Property

RECO compliance must be completed within one year of the date of sale.


Transition from RECO to BESO: Effective December 1, 2015, Berkeley's Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) replaces both the Residential and Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO and CECO). The transition from RECO to BESO will begin on October 9, 2015. From October 9th to December 1st, sellers may choose to comply with either RECO or BESO. After October 9th, deferrals from seller to buyer will be granted with a BESO Deferral only. Properties with an existing RECO Form C deferrals on file (from prior to October 9th) may choose to comply with either RECO or BESO within the 12 month deferral timeframe. As of December1st, all new sales transactions of medium and small buildings, including houses with 1-4 dwelling units, will comply with BESO only. Completion of requirements under RECO/CECO will not fulfill future BESO requirements.


RECO Steps:


 1. RECO Requirements: Specific details are on RECO Form A Appendix.  A general outline of required upgrades follows:


2.  Rebates for RECO Measures: Check the following sites for more information on residential conservation services:


3. RECO Forms:  

All RECO forms are located at: www.cityofberkeley.info/RECO  or at the Planning Department Frequently Requested Forms.

To find out if a building is in compliance with RECO, contact the City’s Building and Safety Department via email at: reco@cityofberkeley.info The City maintains records for each residential property in Berkeley.  If further assistance is required, call 510-981-7440 and listen for the RECO option.  Please have the property address ready.


4. Knob and Tube Safety Information: Knob and Tube wiring is common in older homes. If your home has Knob and Tube wiring in the attic, you must:

  1. Hire a licensed electrician to inspect the wiring prior to installing any attic insulation
  2. Certify that the wiring is safe to insulate around by filling out Knob and Tube Wiring Safety Inspection Report
  3. Submit Knob and Tube Wiring Safety Inspection Report with your RECO Form A
  4. Review Safety Measures that follow:

5. Getting RECO Work Done

6. Schedule Inspection 

Community Energy Services Corporation (CESC) conducts all RECO inspections. Call 510-981-9819 to schedule an appointment, or check the CESC web page for more information. 

Inspection and Filing Costs Mail or deliver all documents to: City of Berkeley Permit Service Center, 2120 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA  94704


7. RECO Spending Limits
There is a limit to the amount of money that must be spent to meet RECO upgrades.  You need not spend more than:


8. Live/Work vs. Work/Live Determinations

See general RECO Information at: www.cityofberkeley.info/RECO  

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