Second Dwelling Units
Single-family zoning may have just doubled
Government Codes §§ 66452.6, 65852.21, 66411.7
As a result of Senate Bill 9, there has been some significant changes to single-family zoning. Through ministerial approval, property owners can construct up to two dwelling units on a single-family zoned parcel if the following criteria are met.
The parcel is located in a city or 'urbanized area'
The parcel is not located in a high-fire zone
The parcel is not located in a historic district
In some instances, setback requirements may apply
SB 9 also allowed property owners to obtain ministerial approval (exempt from CEQA) to split single-family residence lots into two separate lots. Each parcel must be at least 40% of the original parcel size, and the owner must affirm that they intend to reside on one of the parcels for at least the next three years.
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