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AB 1851

Status: Signed Into Law

This bill would allow faith-based organizations like churches and other places of worship to reduce or eliminate parking requirements when they seek to build affordable housing on land they own or lease. AB 1851 would also allow faith-based organizations to build housing on their parking lots, and would prohibit cities from requiring the replacement of those parking spaces.

Most cities in California have mandatory parking requirements, which increase the cost of building housing by an average of $30,000 per parking spot. These mandates create financial barriers for faith-based organizations and other non-profits that seek to build affordable housing, by driving up the cost per home.

Click here to read the official fact sheet.

Sponsors: California YIMBY and New Way Homes

Author: Buffy Wicks (D, AD 15)


AB 1851 was passed by the legislature signed by Governor on September 28, 2020. 

Assembly Floor (8/26/20): 73 Yes / 0 No 

Senate Floor (8/24/20): 38 Yes / 1 No

Click here for a detailed vote history.


  • California YIMBY (Co-Sponsor)
  • New Way Homes (Co-Sponsor)
  • All Home
  • California Apartment Association
  • Clairemont Lutheran Church
  • City of Oakland
  • East Bay Housing Organization
  • Gunkel Architecture
  • Friendship Christian Center International
  • Greater Cooper AME Zion Church
  • Home and Hope
  • Keith Carson, Alameda County Board of
  • Supervisor, District 5
  • Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church
  • San Francisco Interfaith Council
  • Santa Cruz YIMBY
  • Silicon Valley at Home
  • TechEquity Collaborative
  • TMG Partners
  • The Village Method
  • United Lutheran Church of Oakland