Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Compact Lot Subdivision Ordinance

On June 9, 2020, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Compact Lot Subdivision Ordinance, which amends Title 21 (Subdivisions) and Title 22 (Planning and Zoning) of the Los Angeles County Code to establish provisions for compact lot subdivisions in the multi-family residential zones in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. A “compact lot subdivision” is a land division that creates fee-simple, single-family residential lots, known as “compact lots” that are less than the typical minimum area of 5,000 square feet and minimum lot width of 50 feet.

To support the implementation of the Ordinance, we have also developed a resource that guides applicants through different design considerations for their compact lot subdivision projects. Please note that the design guidelines are not requirements; they are suggested best practices to identify the level of design quality expected for compact lot projects.

Click here for Compact Lot Subdivision Ordinance Archive page for historical information about the Compact Lot Subdivision 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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