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AB-352 State Housing Law: efficiency units.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 10/02/2017 09:00 PM
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Assembly Bill No. 352
CHAPTER 400

An act to amend Section 17958.1 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to building standards.

[ Approved by Governor  October 02, 2017. Filed with Secretary of State  October 02, 2017. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 352, Santiago. State Housing Law: efficiency units.
Existing law, the State Housing Law, authorizes a city, county, or city and county to permit the construction and occupancy of efficiency units that have a minimum area of 150 square feet if they meet certain specified criteria.
This bill would prohibit a city, county, or city and county from limiting the number of efficiency units in certain locations near public transit or university campuses, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 17958.1 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

17958.1.
 (a) Notwithstanding Sections 17922, 17958, and 17958.5, a city, county, or city and county may, by ordinance, permit efficiency units for occupancy by no more than two persons which have a minimum floor area of 150 square feet and which may also have partial kitchen or bathroom facilities, as specified by the ordinance. In all other respects, these efficiency units shall conform to minimum standards for those occupancies otherwise made applicable pursuant to this part.
(b) “Efficiency unit,” as used in this section, has the same meaning specified in the International Building Code of the International Code Council, as incorporated by reference in Part 2 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.
(c) A city, county, or city and county shall not do any of the following:
(1) Limit the number of efficiency units in an area zoned for residential use and located within one-half mile of public transit or where there is a car share vehicle located within one block of the efficiency unit.
(2) Limit the number of efficiency units in an area zoned for residential use and located within one mile of a University of California or California State University campus.
(3) For purposes of this subdivision, any requirements related to density, setbacks, lot coverage, or height restrictions established by local ordinance are not considered a limit on the number of efficiency units.