The SB 9 city guide
Hermosa Beach
The SB 9 city guide
Hermosa Beach
unincorporated
D
Grade
very friendly
very friendly
friendly
friendly
restrictive
very restrictive
We've given Hermosa Beach a D for its very restrictive approach to the implementation of SB 9, which includes excessive regulations.

SB 9 is a state bill that was created to address California's housing crisis. It allows Californians more flexibility with their urban property than they've ever had before.

Last updated:
5/5/2022
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SB 9 is a state bill that was created to address California's housing crisis. It allows Californians more flexibility with their urban property than they've ever had before. Read more about SB 9 here.

What can I build?
You have three options for an SB 9 project
Option 1: Lot Split
Divide your lot into two parcels; building on the new lot is allowed
Your lot must be at least 2,400 sqft and can be divided 50/50 or 60/40
sb 9 standard
Option 2: Two-Units
Keep your parcel as is, and add 
up to 2 units total + ADUs & JADUs allowed by zoning standards
sb 9 standard
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Option 3: Lot Split & Two-Units
A mix of the above: divide your parcel, and add
as many units as allowed by zoning standards
sb 9 standard
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Building max. size
In 
Hermosa Beach
, new units can be up to
 sq ft. This is half the size of the median single family home in California.
very Restrictive
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California median home size
1,700 sq ft
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Hermosa Beach
 SB 9 Limit
 sq ft
Where can I build?
You can build in single-family residential zones
sb 9 standard
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Places where you can’t build
Prime farmland
sb 9 standard
Hazardous waste sites
sb 9 standard
High & very high fire severity zones
sb 9 standard
Lands identified for conservation of protected species' habitat
sb 9 standard
Vacant Lots*
Historical Zones
sb 9 standard
May require additional permits
Earthquake fault lines
sb 9 standard
Areas of high landslide and liquefaction risk
sb 9 standard
FEMA 1% annual chance flood (100-year flood) zones and floodways
sb 9 standard
Coastal areas
SB 9 Standard
very restrictive
Buildings that can't be demolished
Officially recognized low-income housing
sb 9 standard
Rent-controlled housing
sb 9 standard
Housing that has been occupied by a tenant in the last 3 years
sb 9 standard
Renting & Selling
For all development options, resulting units must be residential use only
sb 9 standard
Renting
Requirements
Minimum rental period is 
30
 days
sb 9 standard
There is no income requirement for tenants
sb 9 standard
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For Lot Splits, one unit must be owner occupied for three years
sb 9 standard
For Two-Unit Projects, 
all units can be rented
sb 9 standard
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Selling Requirements
For Lot Splits, one lot must be owner occupied for three years
SB 9 Standard
For Two-Unit Projects,
units can not be sold separately
sb 9 standard
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Additional Requirements
Here are a few more restrictions and requirements that you should keep in mind when pursuing an SB 9 project in 
Hermosa Beach
.
Parking req.
sb 9 standard
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Objective Design Review Standards
sb 9 standard
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Landscaping
sb 9 standard
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Fire Safety
sb 9 standard
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Utility req.
sb 9 standard
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Easements req.
sb 9 standard
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Height limits
sb 9 standard
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Bureaucracy
sb 9 standard
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very Restrictive
Fees
sb 9 standard
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very friendly
restrictive
very Restrictive
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More about 
Hermosa Beach
Hermosa Beach is a Los Angeles suburb with a friendly, small-town feel. Locals and visitors alike love the trendy shops, restaurants, sunshine and beautiful scenery. Whether biking along the Strand or watching the sunset on the pier, it’s a lovely and peaceful place to be. Because it’s such a desirable place to live, housing options are competitive and expensive. We believe SB 9 can help these problems—if local restrictions don’t get in the way. 
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We have not prepared a City Guide for
Hermosa Beach
yet.
If you would like to request a City Guide for
Hermosa Beach
or have information to share about their SB 9 implementation, please do so here.
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