CA Legislative Update

This year, California state legislators again took up ADU reform to expand housing choices and help ease the statewide shortage of homes. Two bills – AB68 in the House and SB13 in the Senate – are currently wending their way through the legislative process.

Both bills, which are currently before their respective Appropriations Committees, are designed to help to facilitate the development of ADUs by removing many local restrictions from the permitting and construction process, and easing the way for un-permitted ADUs to become compliant.

SB13, which at the time of this writing appears likely to pass both houses and make it to the Governor's desk, goes even further, prohibiting restrictive lot sizes, excessive setbacks and punitive impact fees and shortening to 60 days the time for planning departments to grant permits.

The good news is that both bills are still active and both chambers have amended the other chamber’s bill. Clearly, the state legislature sees Accessory Dwelling Units as one of the easiest ways to ease the state’s housing shortage, and both bills have cleared all committee votes unanimously thus far.

What’s less clear is if we will see further action on these bills this year. The legislative session ends in less that two weeks, on September 13. If one or both of these bills aren’t passed by then, we’ll have to wait until next session.