Sacramento, California— Members of the Assembly Robert Rivas (D-Salinas) and Tim Grayson (D-Concord) announced Assembly Bill 2234, which will create a framework for local governments to process residential building permits more efficiently and cost effectively across the state.
AB 2234 will only apply to the building permit process, not plan and rights approval. This legislation is co-sponsored by the Housing Action Coalition and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
Once local jurisdictions have approved the plans and rights for a new development, they must process building permits for the developer. Unfortunately, many projects spend months waiting for building permit approval. Ultimately, these long delays add to the overall cost of building homes statewide. AB 2234 will require developers to provide full and complete applications for their building permits and will also require local jurisdictions to respond promptly with any necessary comments regarding complete applications.
“AB 2234 will improve the building permit process by clarifying the expectations of local governments and those looking to build homes across California,” said Member of the Assembly Robert Rivas (D-Salinas). “In the midst of our continuing housing shortage, this legislation will provide simple solutions to avoid unnecessary delays in the construction of critical residential projects. »
Co-Author Assemblyman Tim Grayson (D-Concord) explains: “As a general contractor, I know that nothing increases the cost of a project as much as uncertainty and delays. By improving the post-law building permit process, AB 2234 will strengthen communication between local governments and builders, effectively solving costly delays and supporting California’s goal to build more homes for families of all income levels.
“For too long, it has been exceedingly arduous and time-consuming to build much-needed new homes across California, and the post-law building permit process is one of the hurdles causing lengthy and costly delays,” said declared Todd David, Executive Director of the Housing Action Coalition. “That’s why the Housing Action Coalition is proud to sponsor AB 2234 with Assemblymen Rivas and Grayson to increase transparency, accountability and clear communication between city governments and homebuilders and ensure that housing for residents of all income levels progresses more effectively.”
“Providing more affordable housing is crucial to strengthening the competitiveness of California businesses,” explained Ahmad Thomas, CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group. “This new bill will provide much-needed transparency and certainty to address our shortage of 3.5 million housing units with the urgency and scale needed.”
“AB 2234 creates a common sense framework for acquiring building permits,” said Meea Kang, director of the Council of Infill Builders. “This bill will ultimately help provide more housing that our state desperately needs.”