Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

By-Right Housing Ordinance

Background

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.

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

March 9, 2021 Board of Supervisors Final Adoption

September 29, 2020 Board of Supervisors Public Hearing

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

June 17, 2020 – Regional Planning Commission Public Hearing

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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