Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

By-Right Housing Ordinance


On February 20, 2018, the Board of Supervisors instructed the Department of Regional Planning to initiate the preparation of an ordinance to allow multi-family residential development by-right in certain zones where appropriate.

What does “By-Right” mean?

A development is permitted “by-right” if it complies with all zoning and land use regulations. In the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, a “by-right” development is subject to a Site Plan Review, which is a review conducted by a planner at the public counter (downtown or field offices) to determine whether the proposed development meets the applicable zoning and land use regulations. “By-right” development is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and no public hearing is required. Allowing multi-family residential developments “by-right” in areas where appropriate and streamlining the review process can help property owners and developers save time and money, which in turn helps increase housing production.

Public Draft Available for Review!

The preliminary draft ordinance is now available for public review! Please contact Tina Fung at tfung@planning.lacounty.gov or (213) 974-6417 if you have any questions or comments.

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