Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) is a state law in California that aims to address the housing crisis in the state by providing new ways to increase housing supply and diversify the types of housing available. The bill consists of two main components: Urban Lot Split and Two Unit Developments. Urban Lot Split provides a streamlined process for dividing an existing single-family zoned lot into two new parcels, while Two Unit Developments provide a streamlined process for creating two-unit developments on single-family zoned lots. If you’re considering using SB 9, you can use City Planning’s Zone Information and Map Access System (ZIMAS) tool to see if your property is eligible.
SB 9 projects cannot demolish protected units, such as covenanted affordable housing, units subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO), or any unit occupied by a tenant in the last three years. Additionally, if an existing unit has been occupied by a tenant within the last three years, SB 9 projects cannot demolish more than 25% of the exterior walls of the unit. One of the main benefits of SB 9 is that it provides a more streamlined process for developing properties, which can help increase the housing supply in California. Furthermore, the law allows for more diverse types of housing, such as two-unit developments, which can provide more affordable housing options for residents.
If you’re considering using SB 9 in Los Angeles, keep in mind that City Planning processes all SB 9 Urban Lot Split filings, while LADBS processes all Two Unit Developments. You can contact the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) with questions about whether a property is subject to the RSO. Here are some important points to consider when using SB 9 for your property:
In addition to the above, a new state law in California has authorized SB 9 units, which allows for up to two accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on single-family lots. The lot must meet certain size requirements, such as being at least 2,400 square feet in size or complying with local zoning regulations for lot size. SB 9 units must also meet specific design criteria, including a maximum height of 16 feet and a setback of at least 4 feet from the rear and side property lines. They must also have a separate entrance and be equipped with certain amenities, such as a kitchen, bathroom, and living area.
Compliance with local building codes and zoning regulations is necessary, and adequate utility infrastructure must be in place. Parking requirements for SB 9 units may vary depending on the location and are determined by local jurisdictions. It is important to note that cities have the option to impose additional restrictions or requirements on SB 9 units to ensure they are compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.
The potential benefits of SB 9 units include increased housing options and affordability, as well as the potential for property owners to generate rental income or provide additional housing options for family members. However, it’s important to carefully consider the impact that adding additional units may have on the neighborhood, such as increased traffic and parking demands. Homeowners who are interested in adding SB 9 units to their property should consult with our company to ensure they are meeting all local requirements and regulations.
Overall, Senate Bill 9 offers a promising solution to the ongoing housing crisis in California by providing new ways to increase housing supply and diversify the types of housing available. If you’re interested in utilizing SB 9 for your property, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We can help you navigate the process and obtain the necessary permits.