California Senate Bill 1069 for Garage Conversion
California Senate Bill 1069 (SB-1069) was filed with the secretary of state, and approved by the governor on September 27, 2018. Senate Bill #1069 allows homeowners to convert a garage into a living space with legal ease.
Prior to Senate Bill #1069 being passed, it was difficult for homeowners to legally convert their garages into living spaces due to Planning and Zoning Law. This bill replaced the term “second unit” with “accessory dwelling unit” throughout the law. This law makes specifications towards the requirements of garage conversion.
The purpose of this bill is to make it easier for homeowners to convert their garage into a new unit addition that can be used as living space.
Senate Bill No. 1069 Allows Garage Conversion Into Living Space
Senate bill number 1069 makes it much easier to convert a home’s garage in California into a legally permitted living space.
Taken from information provided on https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB1069:
“The Planning and Zoning Law authorizes the ordinance for the creation of 2nd units in single-family and multifamily residential zones to include specified provisions regarding areas where accessory dwelling units may be located, standards, including the imposition of parking standards, and lot density. Existing law, when a local agency has not adopted an ordinance governing 2nd units as so described, requires the local agency to approve or disapprove the application ministerially, as provided.
This bill would instead require the ordinance for the creation of accessory dwelling units to include the provisions described above. The bill would prohibit the imposition of parking standards under specified circumstances. The bill would revise requirements for the approval or disapproval of an accessory dwelling unit application when a local agency has not adopted an ordinance. The bill would also require the ministerial approval of an application for a building permit to create one accessory dwelling unit within the existing space of a single-family residence or accessory structure, as specified. The bill would prohibit a local agency from requiring an applicant for this permit to install a new or separate utility connection directly between the unit and the utility or imposing a related connection fee or capacity charge. The bill would authorize a local agency to impose this requirement for other accessory dwelling units.”
In basic terms, laws set by Senate Bill 1069 make it easy for homeowners to do garage conversion in Los Angeles without having difficulty with legal issues. This is due to the fact that the bill removes the rights of local agencies such as cities and states from requiring certain permits/licensing. Additional information can be provided to you by local contractors or lawyers near you who are familiar with the laws involving ADUs.
Garage conversion contractors turn old garages into a new units that can be used as a living space. This living space can be rented, leased out, or used by the owner depending on the circumstances of his or desire.
Senate Bill 1069 Makes it Easy to Legally Do Garage Conversion in California
Have you had problems in the past with getting approved for garage conversion permits or licenses?
California Senate Bill #1069 now allows homeowners to easily obtain approval of remodeling garages into new living spaces. The law provides a set of rules and standards that local governments such as cities and counties must follow. As long as ADU plans fall within the standards of this new bill, local governments may not reject the permit request.