Manufactured Housing Program Law and Regulations
The State law governing the Department's Manufactured Housing Program is titled the "Manufactured Housing Act of 1980" and may be found in the Health and Safety Code, Division 13, Part 2, commencing with Section 18000. The Act requires the Department to create regulations; to enforce the laws contained in the Act, and adopt and enforce regulations contained in Chapters 3 and 4, of the California Code of Regulations commencing with Section 18020. Federal laws governing manufactured housing built on or after June 15, 1976, are found in Title 42, U.S. Code, Chapter 70, beginning Section 5401.
In order to implement, interpret, make specific and to otherwise carry out state law, regulations are promulgated by the Department. Those regulations are contained in the California Code of Regulations, Title 25, Division I, Chapter 3, Subchapter 2, commencing with Section 4000. Federal regulations governing manufactured housing built on or after June 15, 1976, are located in Title 24, Code of Federal Regulations beginning with Section 3282.1. Construction standards for manufactured homes manufactured on or after June 15, 1976, are found in Title 24, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter XX, Part 3280.
Application and Scope
The Department's regulations establish minimum design and construction standards for all multifamily manufactured homes and mobilehomes built before June 15, 1976, and commercial modulars and special purpose commercial modulars to be sold, rented or leased throughout the State. These regulations are preemptive over any local requirement. Manufactured homes constructed on or after June 15, 1976, are subject to preemptive federal laws and regulations.
Alteration of existing manufactured homes bearing or required to bear a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) label; or multifamily manufactured homes, and mobilehomes built on or before June 15, 1976, commercial modulars and special purpose commercial modulars bearing or required to bear a Department insignia; are subject exclusively to Department regulation, plan review and inspection throughout the state regardless of their location.
Federal Legal Authorities: