Assembly Bill 2787 (Chapter 726, Statutes of 2002) required the Department to develop guidelines and at least one Universal Design Model Ordinance (PDF) applicable to new construction and home modifications for voluntary adoption by local governments.

The Department’s New Home Universal Design Option Checklist identifies rooms and denotes features which must be offered by a builder in residential units subject to the ordinance that are being newly constructed or substantially rehabilitated. These features would only be installed if requested by the buyer/owner and would not cause an unreasonable delay or significant unreimbursable costs to the developer or builder. Contact the State Housing Law Program at 800.952.8356 to obtain a copy of the checklist.

In general, the model ordinance provides:

  • Definitions for critical terms
  • Local option as to types of units (owner-occupied and/or rental), and number of units
  • Specific exemptions and enforcement mechanisms