The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released the Rental Inclusionary Housing Ordinance Technical Assistance Memo, which provides guidance on HCD’s review of rental inclusionary housing ordinances adopted by local governments pursuant to Government Code section 65850, including amendments pursuant to Chapter 486, Statutes of 2017 (AB 1505).

AB 1505 authorizes the legislative body of any city or county to adopt an inclusionary housing ordinance that includes residential rental units affordable to lower- and moderate-income households and specifies:

  • Requirements for alternative means of compliance for inclusionary ordinances;
  • Parameters for HCD review of inclusionary housing ordinances, under limited circumstances, by requesting the submittal of an economic feasibility study to ensure the ordinance does not unduly constrain the production of housing; and
  • Criteria for HCD to review economic feasibility studies.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Division of Housing Policy Development at: (916) 263-2911.