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Affordable Housing Incentives

If you are a developer and are interested in building affordable housing in the City of Beverly Hills, you may qualify for certain incentives. 

Multi-family Development Standards

The City's multi-family (R-4) development standards provide for densities ranging from 26 to 48 units per acre, with the permitted density based on the following factors: number of contiguous lots comprising the site; proximity of the block to single-family zoned areas; and street width.  Permitted building heights range from between 3-5 stories.  The City offers flexibility in its development standards through several provisions:

Efficiency Unit Bonus: To encourage the provision of smaller, more affordable units, one additional efficiency unit is permitted per project above the maximum densities specified under the zoning.

R-4 Permit: Projects may be permitted to deviate from the basic R-4 development standards within specific criteria.  The R-4 permit allows for modifications in building height, length, setbacks and articulation, and permitted paving in the front yard.

Bonus Units Above Garages: On R-4 properties where the rear property line abuts an alley, bonus units of up to 999 square feet may be developed above a freestanding garage or carport.

For more information about these and other multi-family development standards please visit Article 28 of the Beverly Hills Zoning Code

Density Bonus Incentives

Per State policy, the City offers density bonus incentives to projects with five or more units in exchange for the provision of affordable units or senior housing.  The amount of density bonus varies, but generally ranges from 20-35% above the specified General Plan density (see table below).  In addition to the density bonus, eligible projects may receive 1-3 additional development incentives, depending on the proportion of affordable units and level of income targeting. 

If you are interested in developing a Density Bonus project please contact the Planning Division at (310) 285-1141 and make an appointment to meet with a Planner at the public counter.

Density Bonus Calculation:

Affordability Category

% Affordable Units in Project

Eligible Density Bonus

Eligible Additional Development Incentives

Very Low Income (0-50% Area Median Income)

5%

20%

One

6% and above

2.5% add’l bonus for each 1% increase in affordable  units, up to 35% max

Two to Three

Lower Income (51-80% Area Median Income)

10%

20%

One

11% and above

1.5% add’l bonus for each 1% increase in affordable units, up to 35% max

Two to Three

Moderate Income (81-120% Area Median Income) Ownership only

10%

5%

One

11% and above

1% add’l bonus for each 1% increase in affordable units, up to 35% max

Two to Three

 

 
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