Newsom Signs 18 Housing Bills Into Law

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a stack of bills on Wednesday to address California’s housing crisis and many of them are aimed squarely at controlling the actions of cities and counties.

Among the legislation signed is SB 330, which streamlines the building permitting process, prohibits local governments from increasing local permitting fees after a project is approved, and reduces the number of public hearings that can be held on proposed housing developments.

Newsom also signed a package of bills that will remove local impediments to accessory dwelling units or so-called “granny flats.” Cities across California can therefore begin bracing for more backyard construction.

“Since taking office in January, my Administration has been urgently focused on California’s housing affordability crisis,” said Governor Newsom. “The high cost of housing and rent is putting the squeeze on family budgets, and our housing shortage threatens our economic growth and long-term prosperity.”

“In 2019, California has taken urgent action to address this challenge,” Newsom said. “We’ve invested more in new housing than at any point in our history, and we have created powerful new tools to incentivize housing production. Now, we are removing some key local barriers to housing production. This crisis has been more than a half century in the making, and this Administration is just getting started on solutions.”

Click here for a full list of the housing bills the governor has signed into law.

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Newsom signs California housing laws on granny flats, zoning