DRE stands for Department of Real Estate. The DRE has a legal mandate via the Subdivided Lands Law to regulate subdivision offerings. The purpose of the law is to protect the consumer from misrepresentation, deceit, and fraud in the public sale or lease of subdivisions. The DRE Process or filing of DRE documents will provide the project owner with an issuance of Public Report(s) for the purpose of offering land for sale or lease.

Projects that have five or more lots/units ordinarily have to be filed. Such as Condominiums consisting of five or more units, Planned Developments consisting of five or more units, and any subdivision of five or more units located in an unincorporated area (See Section 110000 of the Business and Professions Code).

Projects that do NOT have to be filed with the DRE include, any subdivision of less than five lots/ units(with the exception of a vacant lot offering. If you are offering vacant lots, you must obtain a Public Report), any subdivision that does not have a homeowners association and is located within city limits, Commercial or Industrial Subdivisions that are limited by industrial or commercial uses, Subdivisions developed and offered to the public by a public agencies (See Section 110000 of the Business and Professions Code).

You will need Copies of your Tentative Tract Map and Conditions of Approval or a Recorded Map; Preliminary Title Report and Phasing Schedule, if applicable.

You can start your filing once you have received your approved tentative tract map and conditions of approval or a Recorded Tract Map.

The DRE Public Report process can take four to five months for Common Interest Developments and two to three months for a Standard Development