Understanding California SB-9: A Guide for Homeowners

What is SB-9?

Senate Bill 9 (SB-9), also known as the California HOME Act, is a law that took effect on January 1st, 2022. The law allows for the creation of two separate lots from a single-family parcel, with each lot eligible to have a single-family dwelling and an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit), potentially allowing for up to four total units on a property. However, local regulations and zoning ordinances may further limit the number of units that can be built.

Why SB-9?

This law is hailed as a major victory for zoning reform that will open new avenues for small-scale homebuilding in previously exclusionary places. It’s a step towards addressing the housing shortage in California by allowing more homes to be built on existing properties.

How can Milani & Associates help you benefit from SB-9?

We recognize that every homeowner’s situation is unique. Whether you’re looking to increase the value of your property, generate rental income, or create a home for a family member, we will work closely with you to develop a customized strategy that aligns with your goals. While SB-9 presents exciting opportunities, navigating the complexities of zoning laws, construction requirements, and local regulations can be daunting. With Milani & Associates by your side, you can navigate these challenges with confidence, minimizing delays and maximizing results.

What has been the Impact of SB-9 thus far?

The impact of SB-9 has been limited so far. Some of the state’s largest cities reported that they have received just a handful of applications for lot splits or new units, while other cities reported none. High construction costs, lack of homebuilding expertise, and local government restrictions are some of the barriers homeowners face when using SB-9 to split their lot and create new homes.

What’s Next?

As experts in land development, the team at Milani & Associates is uniquely positioned to help you coordinate with your local city planning department in the process of splitting your lot and maximizing the benefits afforded by this groundbreaking legislation.

As you consider harnessing the opportunities presented by SB-9, Milani & Associates stands ready to be your trusted partner in realizing your vision. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you unlock the untapped potential of your property.

For additional information on the SB-9 bill, please contact your local city or county.