Factory-Built Housing

The purposes of the Factory-Built Housing Program are to ensure the health and safety of persons using or purchasing factory-built homes (FBH) or FBH building components, and to provide California residents with reduced housing costs through mass production techniques resulting from a factory production environment. In order to achieve these purposes, the following activities are conducted by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) pursuant to the Health and Safety Code, commencing with Section 19960.

HCD regulates the manufacturing of factory-built homes and factory-built components manufactured for sale in California, both elements defined as follows in State law:

  • Factory-Built Housing is a residential building, dwelling unit, individual dwelling room, or combination of rooms, or building components, assembly, or system manufactured so that all concealed parts or processes of manufacturing cannot be inspected before installation.
  • Building Component is a subsystem, subassembly or other system designed for use in or as part of a structure which may include structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection systems or any other system affecting health and safety.

The Factory-Built Housing Program carries out its responsibilities through the following activities:

  • Plan check of FBH designs through HCD-approved Design Approval Agencies.
  • In-plant inspections of FBH through Department-approved Quality Assurance Agencies.
  • Insignia of Approval issuance and record-keeping.
  • Application review for eligibility to act as a Design Approval Agency and perform plan checking on behalf of HCD.
  • Application review for eligibility to act as the Quality Assurance Agency or Quality Assurance Inspector and perform in-plant inspection on behalf of the HCD.
  • Monitoring of Design Approval and Quality Assurance Agencies, Quality Assurance Inspectors, and local building departments.
  • Complaint handling and investigations.

Insignia of Approval

Insignia Requirements:  All factory-built homes (FBH) and component systems that are offered for sale within the state to first users (meaning a person, firm, or corporation which initially installs a factory-built home or component) must bear an insignia of approval issued by the Department (California Health and Safety Code, Section 19980 ).  The insignia must be on the FBH unit or component before it is shipped.  After the unit is installed, the insignia can be removed.

Inspections

Installation

The insignia informs local building officials that the unit has been inspected and approved in accordance with the approved plans, which must be submitted to the local agency.  Installation of factory-built housing or building components is subject to inspection by the local building department.  

Modifications

Alterations to factory-built housing after manufacture, but prior to installation, must receive approval from the Department of Housing and Community Development, Codes and Standards. After installation, alterations made to factory-built housing must receive approval from the local building department.  

Fees

Check the listing of fees (PDF) associated with Factory-Built Housing with notations indicating when a fee applies.  These fees were effective in January 2006.

Forms

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

These Factory-Built Housing Pamphlet (PDF) has additional information in FAQ form.

Laws and Regulations

Laws

These regulated units are specifically defined in the Health and Safety Code and describe the Factory-Built Program elements as follows:
California law governing the Factory-Built Housing Program is in the Health and Safety Code, Division 13, Part 6, Sections 19960 to 19997 and the statutory definition of a factory-built home may be found in Section 19971 and the definition of a building component in Section 19967.

Regulations

The Department's regulations adopted to interpret, clarify, or otherwise carry out the Factory-Built Housing Law are contained in the California Code of Regulations, Title 25, Division 1, Chapter 3, Subchapter 1, commencing with Section 3000 .

For additional information on any changes in law or regulations, check the list of Information Bulletins.

Meeting Notices and Rulemaking Documents for Factory-Built Housing

Department of Housing and Community Development is currently convening a focus group to discuss changes that will clarify and improve the regulations for Factory-Built Housing. 

First Focus Group Documents - November 18, 2015

Second Focus Group Documents – May 4, 2016

45-Day Public Comment Documents (Office of Administrative Law) - coming soon

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (PDF)
  • Express Terms (PDF)
  • Express Terms (Screen Reader Version) (DOC)
  • Initial Statement of Reasons (PDF)

Third-Party Design Approval Agencies

Third-Party Agencies perform as Design Approval Agencies (DAA) and/or Quality Assurance Agencies (QAA) acting on behalf of the Department.