Unpermitted Dwelling Unit(s) (UDU)


As of May 17, 2017, unpermitted units may be eligible to be legalized through the Unpermitted Dwelling Unit (UDU) ordinance (Ord. No. 184,907). The ordinance established a voluntary program that allows property owners to legalize qualifying unpermitted units, assuming all life-safety conditions are met. These existing units may legally join the housing market should the owner follow the stipulated process, including providing at least one low or moderate income affordable housing unit for each legalized unit.Once legalized, these units add much-needed affordable housing to the City of Los Angeles.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Department of City Planning’s Development Services Center at 201 N. Figueroa, 4th Floor, or email dcpphp@lacity.org.


Applicants who have been cited for an unpermitted unit as a result of a building inspection, or wish to legalize a previously-created unit, may be eligible to legalize units through a streamlined application process. To legalize qualifying unpermitted units, applicants must complete a six-step process with the Department of City Planning (DCP), the Department of Building and Safety (LADBS), and the Housing and Community Investment Department (HCIDLA).