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Knowledge Base Entry: Americans with Disabilities: California’s Construction-Related Accessibility Standards Compliance Act

Under the law, an owner of a business that is open to the public (which includes rental housing), may obtain from a California Certified Access Specialist (CASp) an assessment of...

Knowledge Base Entry: Fire Protection Systems: Smoke Alarms, Fire Alarm Systems, and Fire Sprinklers

In 1970, then Assemblyman Pete Wilson authored AB 2300, which was signed into law requiring local building officials to recognize the Uniform Building Code as the model code for the...

Knowledge Base Entry: Green Building Standards

According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, buildings account for one-sixth of the world’s fresh water withdrawals, one quarter of its wood harvest, and two-fifths of its material and...

Knowledge Base Entry: Inclusionary Zoning in California

This paper describes the local government affordable housing tool known as Inclusionary Zoning”. It has also been referred to as “Mixed Income Zoning” or Inclusionary Housing”.(1) The following discussion summarizes...

Knowledge Base Entry: Multi-Family Improvement Districts (MIDs)

California law authorizes the creation of Multi-Family Improvement Districts or MIDs. MIDs are permitted for the purpose of financing improvements and promoting certain enumerated activities to benefit properties located within...