Encinitas continues its multifaceted approach to housing

For the first time in 20 years, the City of Encinitas is sponsoring a bill in the state legislature.

Authored by our state Senator Pat Bates, SB 1226 will give homeowners more opportunities to permit their existing accessory dwelling units, sometimes known as granny flats or mother-in-law apartments. The bill allows a building inspector to apply the code in effect during the year the unit was built instead of applying the most recent code in determining that the unit is safe and habitable.

The city estimates that we may have a thousand unpermitted accessory units in Encinitas. Many owners would prefer to have their unit permitted if they could get a permit without exorbitant cost or essentially rebuilding the unit from the ground up.

In some circumstances, the only option for someone who can’t permit a unit is to tear it down. For a city and a state in a housing crisis, that is not a desirable option. We’re aiming for more homes, not fewer.


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