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The favorite permitting process for a home owner or a developer that is going though an entitlement application, is the ministerial approval process. This is the most fastest way to get plans approved by the city.
This Senate Bill sets an incredible precedent in housing for California as well as for entire US. It shows a commitment to transition from a suburban experience of the cities in California to a proper urban experience. This is an important step but with collaboration of the residents and support from the local government, it could be just a great intent without practical application.
In 2021, California has issued an exciting bill 9 that allows more units on lots where only one unit used to be allowed. Now that the framework was voted, Oakland as any other municipality has specified how the bill will apply under the local planning regulations.
Senate Bill (SB) 9 (Atkins), signed into law by Governor Newsom on September 16, 2021, allows property owners within a single-family residential zone to build two units and/ or to subdivide lot into two parcels, for a total of four units. Some details of the legislation are still unclear as some provisions are difficult to interpret and the State is still working on their guidance.
Quick list of SB-9 eligible lots and criteria for properties located in San Francisco.
Ministerial approval is the fastest way to get your permits and start your project. SB-9 eligible projects will successfully go thought the permit process because they skip the long and unpredictable neighborhood notification requirement and take the ministerial review path instead.
There are quite a few options on what you could build on your lot based on SB-9. Here we've described couple of scenarios for you to quickly understand the parameters.