Additional information on the SB 35 Streamlined Ministerial Approval Program and the SB 35 Determination is available on the HCD website:
2021 APR Insights
The updated SB 35 determination is based on 503 2021 APRs received from approximately 93 percent of the local jurisdictions in the state as of
June 1, 2022.
Permits reported in 2020 APRs totaled:
8,473 for units affordable to very-low income households (7.90% of annual total)
8,396 for units affordable to low income households (7.83% of annual total)
11,405 for units affordable to moderate income households (10.63% of annual total)
78,980 for units affordable to above moderate income households (73.64% of annual total)
Permits reported in 2021 APRs as of June 1, 2022 totaled:
9,563 for units affordable to very-low income households (7.42% of annual total)
9,717 for units affordable to low income households (7.54% of annual total)
12,393 for units affordable to moderate income households (9.61% of annual total)
97,221 for units affordable to above moderate income households (75.43% of annual total)
There are 263 jurisdictions that have reported more permits in 2021 APRs, in comparison to the 2020 APRs.
Developers have continued using the SB 35 Streamlined Ministerial Approval Process, with jurisdictions reporting entitlements on 44 eligible projects in their 2021 APRs. While this is a decrease of 10% from last year, this may be due to better data reporting. SB 35 Streamlining is an area where the APR team continues to encourage jurisdictions to double check their reporting.
For more detail and daily updates on data reported in the 2021 APRs, please visit the APR Dashboard
There is still room for improvement, however, as only 38 jurisdictions are exempt from SB 35, having made sufficient progress towards permitting their lower-income and above-moderate income Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). While there were 171 jurisdictions that reported an increase in low-income permits in their 2021 APRs, most jurisdictions did not increase low-income permitting from 2020 to 2021.
Other insights from the 5th and 6th Housing Element cycles: