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.

June 17, 2020 – Regional Planning Commission Public Hearing (New)

Please note that public hearings, and the process for holding the hearings, are subject to change due to the COVID-19 crisis. Please check DRP’s COVID-19 page for the most updated hearing information.

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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