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 planning.housingpolicy@lacity.org.

housing strategies aimed at making Los Angeles
housing strategies aimed at making Los Angeles
housing strategies aimed at making Los Angeles
housing strategies aimed at making Los Angeles


Housing Element

The Housing Element of the General Plan identifies the City of Los Angeles’s housing needs and establishes clear goals and objectives to inform housing policy discussions at the citywide level.

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.

The City is currently working on an update to the Housing Element. The 2013-2021 Housing Element is active until the 2021-2029 update is adopted (with a target adoption date of October 2021). Please visit the Housing Element Update page to learn more about the process.

City Planning collaborates with other City departments to meet these goals through implementation of the several 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.

The ADU Ordinance incorporates state ADU provisions and further regulates the size and form of ADUs in relation to the main home, requires additional standards for construction of new ADUs in certain hillside neighborhoods, and allows for Movable Tiny Houses to be used as ADUs.

Ordinance No. 186481
Interdepartmental Memo on Implementation of 2019 ADU Ordinance and State ADU Law

Measure JJJ
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.

Ordinance No. 184,745
2019 Measure JJJ In Lieu Fee Schedule
2019 Measure JJJ Affordability Gap Study

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, and was designed to help the City meet its affordable housing production goals.

Ordinance No. 185342 (Affordable Housing Linkage Fee)
Ordinance No. 185341 (Housing Impact Trust Fund)
Fee Schedule as of July 2020
Fee Schedule as of July 2019
Affordable Housing Linkage Fee Implementation Memo
Nexus Study

Density Bonus
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.

Ordinance No. 179681
Memorandum on Implementation of 2016 State Density Bonus Laws
AB 744 (2015) Memo (Density Bonus and Parking)

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.

Ordinance No. 185931
FAQs (Last Updated: February 22, 2019)
Administrative Guidelines

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.

Application Guidelines and Requirements
Ordinance No. 185489
Local Public Agency List
Clarification Memo on Supportive and Transitional Housing

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.

Ordinance No. 185492
Local Public Agency List
Qualified PSH Application Form - INTERIM
Clarification Memo on Supportive and Transitional Housing

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.

Small Lot Code Amendment
Small Lot Design Standards
Small Lot Map Standards

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.

Advisory Memo on Implementation of TOC Incentives in CRA/LA Redevelopment Plan Areas
TOC Guidelines
TOC Application Form
Tier Verification Form
Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Ordinance No. 184,907
UDU Application Processes and Procedures
Frequently Asked Questions

Value Capture
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.

Ordinance No. 185373

Amendment to Home-Sharing Ordinance

In response to a City Council motion, Los Angeles City Planning has drafted a proposed amendment to the City’s Home-Sharing Ordinance to permit and regulate the use of owner-occupied units subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) for home-sharing. Under the proposed framework, the City would permit a limited number of owner-occupied RSO units to participate in Home-Sharing, while incorporating provisions to ensure that there is limited impact to the availability of rent-stabilized housing for long-term residential use and to limit potential abuse.

Draft Ordinance 
Staff Presentation - July 9 Public Hearing
FAQ - Revised June 18, 2020 
Rescheduled Hearing Notice 
Council File No. 18-1245 
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