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  ( Division 31 repealed and added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 610. )


  ( Heading of Part 2 amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 996. )

CHAPTER 2. Policy Activities of the Department [50455 - 50466.5]
  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 610. )


(a)  The department shall develop a statewide farm labor housing assistance plan and related policies, goals, and objectives for inclusion in the California Statewide Housing Plan.

(b)  The farm labor housing assistance plan shall include, but not be limited to, an identification of impediments to the production of housing affordable to farm laborers, federal, state, and local sources of financing, private sources of funding, innovative approaches to financing that could be used as a model, the analysis of the need for permanent and migrant housing, and measures that need to be implemented to address the need for farm labor housing.

(c)  The department shall establish a task force to assist in the development of the farm labor housing assistance plan. The task force shall include representatives of state housing departments and agencies involved in the planning and production of housing, infrastructure, and services to farm laborers and representatives from local government, agricultural organizations, organizations of farm laborers, and organizations serving farm laborers and low-income residents in rural areas.

(d)  The department shall develop or revise the farm labor housing assistance plan on or before July 1, 2002. In the event the department does not update or provide the next revision of the California Statewide Housing Plan pursuant to Section 50452 on or before July 1, 2002, the department shall release the farm labor housing assistance plan separately from the California Statewide Housing Plan.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 312, Sec. 2. Effective September 7, 2000.)


The Legislature finds and declares that a severe shortage of affordable housing exists for low- and moderate-income households, including the elderly, disabled persons, and other special needs populations. It is the intent of the Legislature that housing designed especially for low- and moderate-income elderly, disabled persons, and other special needs populations be given due consideration in the administration of the development, preservation, and rehabilitation of housing, and other housing programs, including encouraging the inclusion of supportive services to meet the unique housing needs of these populations.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 577, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2002.)


(a) The department shall collect, publish, and make available to the public information about federal, state, and local laws regarding housing and community development. The department may provide a statistics and research service for the collection and dissemination of information affecting housing and community development.

(b) By June 30, 2019, the department shall complete a study to evaluate the reasonableness of local fees charged to new developments as defined by subdivision (b) of Section 66000 of the Government Code. The study shall include findings and recommendations regarding potential amendments to the Mitigation Fee Act to substantially reduce fees for residential development.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 374, Sec. 4. (AB 879) Effective January 1, 2018.)


The department shall develop specifications for the structure, functions, and organization of a housing and community development information system for this state. Such system shall include statistical, demographic, and community development data which will be of assistance to local public entities in the planning and implementation of housing and community development programs.

The department shall, subject to the availability of moneys therefor, establish prototype housing and community development information systems in two or more counties or multiple-county areas. The department shall operate the prototype systems, or it may contract with one or more counties, or with one or more counties and with one or more cities, or with a regional agency including one or more counties for operation of one or more prototype systems and shall report to the Legislature thereon.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 610.)


The department shall assist and advise the Office of Planning and Research on the performance of functions specified in Section 65040.3 of the Government Code.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 610.)


(a)  The department may adopt, and from time to time revise, guidelines for any of the following:

(1)  The preparation of housing elements required by Section 65302 and Article 10.6 (commencing with Section 65580) of Chapter 3 of Division 1 of Title 7 of the Government Code.

(2)  The preparation of a document that meets both of the following sets of requirements:

(A)  Requirements for housing elements pursuant to Section 65302 and Article 10.6 (commencing with Section 65580) of Chapter 3 of Division 1 of Title 7 of the Government Code.

(B)  Requirements for the Consolidated Submissions for Community Planning and Development Programs required by Part 91 of Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

(b)  The department shall review housing elements and amendments for substantial compliance with Article 10.6 (commencing with Section 65580) of Chapter 3 of Division 1 of Title 7 of the Government Code and report its findings pursuant to Section 65585 of the Government Code.

(c)  On or before April 1, 1995, and annually thereafter, the department shall report to the Legislature on the status of housing elements and the extent to which they comply with the requirements of Article 10.6 (commencing with Section 65580) of Chapter 3 of Division 1 of Title 7 of the Government Code. The department shall also make this report available to any other public agency, group, or person who requests a copy.

(d)  The department may, in connection with any loan or grant application submitted to the agency, require submission to the department for review of any housing element and any local housing assistance plan adopted pursuant to the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-383).

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 686, Sec. 8. Effective October 10, 1995. Operative January 1, 1996, by Sec. 9 of Ch. 686.)


The department shall adopt guidelines relating to relocation assistance by public entities, as defined in Section 7260 of the Government Code, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 16 (commencing with Section 7260) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code. The department may provide consulting and technical assistance to these public entities in drafting and amending rules and regulations relating to relocation assistance. The department may require these public entities to reimburse the department for any assistance the department provides.

The department shall, at intervals of two years, review relocation plans prepared pursuant to Section 33411, and the progress in implementation of the plans.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 323, Sec. 60.32. Effective July 1, 1983.)


The department may initiate, develop, and propose regulations for adoption by the agency and review regulations proposed by the board prior to their taking effect, with respect to the following:

(a)  Standards for affirmative marketing programs of housing sponsors seeking financial assistance from the agency.

(b)  Criteria for certifying that the sale or conveyance of real property pursuant to Section 51061 or Section 51251 will primarily benefit persons and families of low or moderate income living in a housing development or a residential structure.

(c)  Regulations permitting grants to be made by the agency to housing sponsors for the purpose of attaining affordable rents in housing developments financed by the agency. Such grants shall not be made with moneys derived from the sale of bonds.

(d)  Regulations governing payments, procedures, and eligibility for relocation assistance for individuals and families displaced by actions of the agency or of housing sponsors of housing developments or neighborhood improvement loans.

(e)  Criteria for qualification of persons, families, and households as persons and families of low or moderate income, lower income households, or very low income households.

(f)  Regulations establishing the maximum percentage of income which may be paid by persons and families of low or moderate income for housing cost within the meaning of the term affordable housing cost, as defined in Section 50052.5.

(g)  Regulations designating geographical areas of need throughout the state for housing construction or rehabilitation, as identified in the California Statewide Housing Plan, identifying housing markets in which insufficient financing is available for purchase or rehabilitation of existing housing, identifying types of households with particularly severe housing needs, or establishing priority criteria for the selection of homes and projects to be financed as housing developments or neighborhood improvement loans.

(h)  Criteria for inclusion of nonhousing facilities in housing developments financed by the agency.

Regulations proposed by the agency in such areas of responsibility shall not take effect without concurrence of the director, the Secretary of Business, Consumer Services and Housing, or a representative of the secretary specifically designated for such review and approval.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 377. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)


The department may certify local housing agents, and may periodically review, recertify, and decertify such local housing agents as provided in Section 51252.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 610.)


The department may:

(a)  Make investigations of housing and community development in California.

(b)  Call conferences of representatives of all levels of government, industry, and private groups, to discuss housing and community development problems of California.

(c)  Investigate and report upon substandard housing and the problems resulting therefrom and the work being done to remedy such conditions.

(d)  Study the operation and enforcement of housing, building, zoning, and subdivision laws and regulations, of housing finance, taxes, redevelopment programs and public housing projects, as related to housing and community development.

(e)  Examine the records of housing authorities and redevelopment agencies, and secure from them reports and copies of their records at any time.

(f)  Promote the formation of organizations intended to increase the supply of adequate housing and the proper living environment for all the people of the state.

(g)  With the Department of Transportation, investigate and report upon the consistency between state, local, and federal housing plans and programs and state, local, and federal transportation plans and programs.

(Amended by Stats. 1978, Ch. 1351.)


(a) On or before January 1, 2009, the Department of Water Resources shall propose for adoption and approval by the California Building Standards Commission updated requirements to the California Building Standards Code for construction in areas protected by the facilities of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan where flood levels are anticipated to exceed three feet for the 200-year flood event. The amendments to the California Building Standards Code shall be sufficient to reduce the risk of flood damage and to protect life, safety, and the construction in those areas.

(b) Before the department proposes the amendments to the California Building Standards Code required pursuant to subdivision (a), the department shall consult with the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, the Division of the State Architect, and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

(Added by Stats. 2007, Ch. 364, Sec. 7. Effective January 1, 2008.)


(a) The department shall require each housing development that is financed on or after January 1, 2018, pursuant to this division, to authorize a resident of the housing development to own or otherwise maintain one or more common household pets within the resident’s dwelling unit, subject to applicable state laws and local government ordinances related to public health, animal control, and animal anticruelty.

(b) For purposes of this section, “common household pet” means a domesticated animal, such as a dog or cat, that is commonly kept in the home for pleasure rather than for commercial purposes.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit or otherwise affect other statutes or laws that require reasonable accommodations to be made for an individual with a disability who maintains an animal to provide assistance, service, or support.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 791, Sec. 2. (AB 1137) Effective January 1, 2018.)


(a) On or before January 1, 2024, the department shall create an impact fee nexus study template that may be used by local jurisdictions. The template shall include a method of calculating the feasibility of housing being built with a given fee level.

(b) The department may contract with nonprofit or academic institutions to complete the template.

(Added by Stats. 2021, Ch. 347, Sec. 4. (AB 602) Effective January 1, 2022.)

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