Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

By-Right Housing Ordinance


On March 9, 2021, the Board of Supervisors adopted the By-Right Housing Ordinance, which allows multi-family residential development by-right in certain zones where appropriate.

On February 20th, 2018, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed the Department of Regional Planning to prepare an By-Right Housing Ordinance along with other key strategies to address the affordable housing needs in the unincorporated areas of the County.

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.

Click here for the By-Right Housing Ordinance Archive page for historical information about the By-Right Housing Ordinance hearings and previous version of the ordinance.

Please note the Governor’s Executive order modifying some noticing requirements related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

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