On July 20, 2020, the Huntington Beach City Council adopted the Group Homes Ordinance [Ordinance Nos. 4214, 4212, 4215, 4216, and 4213] approving amendments to the Huntington Beach Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance (HBZSO) and Municipal Code (HBMC) which established a set of regulations for Group Homes, Sober Living Homes, and Residential Care Facilities affecting Residential Districts citywide.
In its actions, the City Council intends to strike an appropriate balance between the interests of the City and its residents to preserve residential neighborhood character, and the need to provide housing accommodations to disabled persons, including those in recovery from addiction to reside in normalized residential environments that promote effective recovery.
Further, the Ordinance aims to preserve the residential character of single-family residential neighborhoods and to further the purposes of State law, by, among other things:
To provide for the regulation of Group Homes, including Sober Living Homes, the Ordinance established four (4) new use classifications in HBZSO Chapter 204 Use Classifications. They are summarized below in order to introduce and differentiate each classification.