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Huntington Beach City Council Votes To Fight State Housing Laws; Stop Permitting ADUs

A white house with blue trim sits in the sun. The top half of the house is actually bigger than the garage it sits upon. To the lower left of the picture is a wooden fence.
A Highland Park homeowner created a "granny flat" by adding an extra story to their garage as part of L.A.'s ADU pilot project.
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The Huntington Beach City Council voted 4-3 to mount a legal challenge against the state over laws intended to boost housing. The city will immediately stop processing new permits for accessory dwelling units, which are secondary housing units (typically smaller apartments or cottages known as ADUs) added to existing homes.

Council moves forward despite state warning: The state Attorney General's office and state housing department warned Huntington Beach in letters that the proposal is unlawful, and reminded the city that it had previously lost costly lawsuits over state housing law.

What's next? Following the vote, which took place Tuesday, the city will cease processing new permits for ADUs, and duplexes under Senate Bill 9. If you submitted an application prior to Wednesday it will still be processed.

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Updated February 22, 2023 at 2:18 PM PST
This story was updated with details on how city officials are processing ADU permits.
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