City Planning's housing strategies aim to make Los Angeles more equitable, livable, and affordable for all residents. For additional information about housing policy initiatives, contact Matthew Glesne (Matthew.Glesne@lacity.org, (213) 978-2666) or Cally Hardy (Cally.Hardy@lacity.org, (213) 978-1643).
In recent years, Los Angeles City Planning has advanced a number of policy initiatives to address residents’ housing needs.
The overarching goals of the Housing Element that embody the City’s commitment to meeting housing needs are:
- To produce and preserve an adequate supply of ownership and rental housing that is safe and healthy; affordable to people of all income levels, races, and ages; and suitable to their various needs.
- To ensure housing that helps to create safe, livable, and sustainable neighborhoods.
- To ensure that housing opportunities are available to all without discrimination.
- To prevent and end chronic homelessness.
City Planning collaborates with other city departments to meet these goals through implementation of the following ordinances and initiatives.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a self-contained housing unit with a full kitchen and bathroom located on the same property as a single-family home. By design, ADUs tend to be more affordable to build and rent because they do not involve the purchase of land or major new infrastructure. Recent changes to State law have allowed ADUs to be constructed on properties with an existing or proposed single family dwelling.
City Planning has prepared an ordinance for City Council’s consideration. If adopted, it would further regulate the size and form of ADUs in relation to the main home, prohibit construction of new ADUs in certain hillside neighborhoods, allow for Movable Tiny Houses to be used as ADUs, and impose new standards on the placement of ADUs in equine districts.
Effective Date: December 13, 2016
Measure JJJ, approved by the voters of Los Angeles in November 2016, added provisions to the City’s Municipal Code to require developers of certain residential projects that receive a discretionary General Plan Amendment, Zone Change, or Height District Change to comply with affordable housing and job provisions. The affordable housing requirement can be satisfied through the provision of affordable units or payment of an in-lieu fee. Measure JJJ requires the City to update the Affordability Gaps Study every two years for the purpose of updating the in-lieu fee schedule. The Measure JJJ in-lieu fee schedule provided below is effective as of September 30, 2019, and replaces the prior in-lieu fee schedule that was issued in 2017.
Affordable Housing Linkage Fee
Effective Date: February 17, 2018
The Affordable Housing Linkage Fee provides a permanent, dedicated source of local funding for affordable housing. It applies to commercial and market-rate residential projects with five or more units, and was designed to help the City meet its affordable housing production goals.
Effective Date: April 15, 2008
Density bonus is a State-mandated incentive program that allows qualifying residential projects to construct additional housing, in exchange for setting aside a percentage of those units as restricted affordable.
Effective Date: July 1, 2019
The Home-Sharing Website Ordinance established a regulatory framework to restrict short-term rentals to one’s primary residence. This ordinance is intended to prevent the wholesale conversion of homes into rental properties, while still allowing responsible home-sharing to continue to operate.
Interim Motel Conversion
Effective Date: April 20, 2018
The Interim Motel Conversion ordinance provides a streamlined process for the retrofit and temporary reuse of underutilized motels and hotels for supportive and transitional housing — promoting creative and cost-effective strategies that can provide solutions for people experiencing homelessness.
Permanent Supportive Housing
Effective Date: May 28, 2018
The Permanent Supportive Housing ordinance removes regulatory barriers and streamlines the review process for supportive housing projects for the most vulnerable and at-risk populations experiencing homelessness — reducing the time it takes to secure planning approvals from a matter of years to months.
Small Lot Subdivision
Effective Date: April 18, 2018
The Small Lot Ordinance allows for the construction of free-standing, single-family homes, as well as attached townhouses in multi-family and commercial parts of the City ─ expanding homeownership opportunities by maximizing existing space to offer a smart-growth alternative to the traditional single-family home.
Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentive Program
Effective Date: September 22, 2017
The City Planning Department established the Transit Oriented Communities Incentive Program (TOC Program) in accordance with Measure JJJ — a voter initiative approved by Los Angeles voters in November 2016 to encourage affordable housing production near transit. Under the program, applicants can request additional building incentives (beyond what is available under Density Bonus), in exchange for setting aside a specified number of restricted affordable units.
Unpermitted Dwelling Units (UDU)
Effective Date: May 17, 2017
The Unpermitted Dwelling Unit Ordinance allows for certain unpermitted housing units in multi-family zones to be brought into compliance, provided that certain life safety and affordability requirements are met. The program aims to keep tenants in their homes. To participate, applicants must agree to set aside at least one affordable unit onsite.
Effective Date: February 26, 2018
The Value Capture ordinance instituted affordable housing requirements on certain entitlement applications seeking additional density or floor area for mixed-use and commercial projects. The ordinance aligns affordability requirements for planning entitlements that allow for increased density or floor area ratio.