Zoning Requirements in California

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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.1

The official definitions of ‘kitchen’ in the cities of Agoura Hills, Big Bear Lake, and Calabasas have been provided in the attached spreadsheet. The three cities have not outlined the minimum size of the kitchen and the refrigerator. Agoura Hills and Big Bear Lake do not specify any minimum sink size in the respective building codes, Calabasas requires a sink with a maximum waste line of 1.5 inches in diameter. The required information has been provided in the attached spreadsheet.

City of Agoura Hills

  • According to the City of Agoura Hills' Municipal Code 9120.11. — K., a "kitchen means any room in a building or dwelling unit which is used for cooking and preparation of food."
  • It did not contain further information on kitchens in the rest of its Zoning Ordinance Code.
  • It did not contain information on kitchens in other planning documents.

City of Big Bear Lake

City of Calabasas

  • According to Calabasas' Municipal Code, Chapter 17.90.020, a kitchen is "any room or portion of room wherein food is prepared, cooked, served or consumed."
  • It did not contain further information on kitchens in the rest of its Zoning Ordinance Code.
  • From the city's code, no minimum requirement for refrigerator has been specified; however, a sink with a maximum waste line of 1.5 inches in diameter is required.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.2

The kitchen zoning requirements for the cities of Calistoga, Capitola, and Carmel-by-the-sea has been populated in the attached spreadsheet. The summary of our findings is provided below.

City of Calistoga

  • No legal definition or sizing requirements were found for kitchens for the city of Calistoga. The research strategies included reviewing Calistoga's Municipal Code as well as other regulation documents provided by the city’s government website.

City of Capitola

  • According to Capitola's Municipal Code, Chapter 17.03, a kitchen "means any room or part of a room used or intended or designed to be used for cooking or the preparation of food for a single dwelling unit."
  • No information on kitchen size is provided in the rest of its Zoning Ordinance Code.
  • There are no zoning requirements that define the minimum size of sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes.

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea

  • The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea defines a kitchen as "any room or any part of a room designed, built, equipped, used, or intended to be used for the preparation of food and dish washing, whether or not said room contains a cook-stove or any other cooking appliance."
  • No minimum kitchen size was specified in the city's code.
  • There are no current zoning requirements that define the minimum size of sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.3

City of Carpinteria

According to the City of Carpinteria Code of Ordinances, "kitchen" is defined as a room, all or any part of which is designed, built, equipped, used, or intended to be used for the storage, preparation, or cooking of foods.

Currently, there are no zoning requirements that indicate minimum square footage that qualifies as a kitchen, minimum sink size, or minimum refrigerator size. Besides Municipal Code amendments, other resources were searched such as The Carpinteria General Plan and Local Coastal Plan for any other indications of kitchen zoning requirements.

City of Cathedral City

Based on the current Cathedral City Municipal Code, the legal definition of “kitchen” is any room in a building or dwelling unit which is used for cooking or preparation of food.

There are no current zoning requirements that define minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or the minimum size of sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes. Research strategies included assessing not only the zoning code, but also any amendments or addendums. No other resources showed further insight into size requirements.

City of Cotati

According to the most current City of Cotati Municipal Code, the legal definition of “kitchen” is a room or space within a building used or intended to be used for the cooking or preparation of food, which includes any of the following: stove, oven, range top, dishwasher, kitchen sink.

Upon further review, there are no zoning requirements that define minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or the minimum size of sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes. Research strategies included assessing the zoning code as well as any attached amendments and addendums. The Cotati General Plan was also reviewed with no further insight gained.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.4

City of Desert Hot Springs

  • According to the Desert Hot Springs Municipal Code, “kitchen” means any room, all or part of which is designated and/or used as pantry and for refrigeration, cooking and preparation of food.
  • Relevant forms, documents, and standards were reviewed for any further information on sizing requirements for kitchens, refrigerators, and sinks. Other than the legal definition provided, no further information on kitchen zoning requirements were retrieved.

City of Goleta

  • There are currently no kitchen zoning requirements that indicate minimum square footage for a kitchen. There are also no kitchen zoning requirements that define the minimum size of sinks or refrigerators for single-family homes. The Goleta Municipal Code as well as the city’s government zoning regulations web page were searched for any relevant data.

City of Healdsburg

  • No legal definition or sizing requirements were found for kitchens for the city of Healdsburg. Research strategies included reviewing the Healdsburg Municipal Code as well as other zoning and regulation documents provided by the city’s government website. Please see the spreadsheet for further details.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.5

The official definitions of ‘kitchen’ in the cities of Hidden Hills, Los Angeles, and Malibu have been provided in the attached spreadsheet. The three cities have not outlined the minimum size of the kitchen and the sinks. Hidden Hills and Malibu do not specify any minimum refrigerator size in the respective building codes, Los Angeles requires a refrigerator exceeding 10 cubic feet or a place designed for it. The required information has been provided in the attached spreadsheet.

City of Hidden Hills

  • According to Hidden Hills' Municipal Code, Chapter 5-2A-3, a kitchen is "any room or space within a dwelling used, intended or designed to be used for cooking or the preparation of food."
  • It did not contain further information on kitchens in the rest of its Zoning Ordinance Code.
  • It did not contain information on kitchens in other planning documents.

City of Los Angeles

  • The City of Los Angeles defines a kitchen as "any portion of an accessory living quarters arranged for or conducive to the preparation or cooking of food."
  • No minimum kitchen size was specified in the Los Angeles' City Code.
  • From the county's code, no minimum requirement for sink has been specified; however, a refrigerator exceeding 10 cubic feet or a place designed for it has been specified in the City Code.

City of Malibu

  • According to Malibu's Municipal Code, Chapter 17.02, a kitchen is "a room or space within a building intended to be used for the cooking and preparation of food."
  • It did not contain further information on kitchens in the rest of its Zoning Ordinance Code.
  • It did not contain information on kitchens in other planning documents.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.6

The cities of Monterey, Napa and Ojai California have no zoning requirements or amendments to the California building code that affect kitchens. The spreadsheet with the information and sources is available here.

Monterey California

  • The city of Monterey has no zoning requirements for kitchens in single family homes.
  • The city building codes have three amendments from the California building code. They include time limitation of applications, expiration of permits and fire retardant roofs.
  • None relates to kitchen requirements.

Napa California

Ojai California

  • The city of Ojai has no zoning requirements for kitchens in single family homes.
  • A review of their forms for building permits and variances for single family homes show no additional building code requirements.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.7

City of Pacific Grove

  • According to the most current Pacific Grove Municipal Code, there is no available legal definition for “kitchen”. As of the latest amendments and provisions, there are no current zoning requirements that define minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or the minimum size of sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes. Research strategies included assessing not only the zoning code, but also any amendments or addendums.

City of Pacifica

  • Based on the Code of Ordinances for the City of Pacifica, last updated on February 20, 2020, the legal definition of “kitchen” is any room used, or intended or designed to be used, for cooking and preparing food.
  • There are no current zoning requirements that define minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or the minimum size of sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes. Research strategies included assessing not only the zoning code, but also any amendments or addendums.

City of Palm Springs

  • According to the most current Palm Springs Municipal Code, effective January 9, 2020, the legal definition of “kitchen” is any room in a building or dwelling unit which is used for cooking or preparation of food.
  • Currently, there are no zoning requirements that define minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or the minimum size of sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes. Research strategies included assessing not only the zoning code, but also any amendments, addendums, and auxiliary sources.

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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.8

The cities of Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Salinas have no zoning requirements or amendments to the California building code that affect kitchens. The required information has been populated in the attached spreadsheet.

City of Petaluma

  • The city of Petaluma has no zoning requirements for kitchens in single-family homes.
  • The city defines a kitchen as " a room or space within a building used or intended to be used for cooking or preparation of food, which included any of the following: stove, oven, range top."

City of Rohnert Park

  • Rohnert Park city defines a kitchen as "a room or area within a room used for cooking and/or preparation of foods."
  • The city has no zoning requirements for kitchens in single-family homes.

City of Salinas

  • The city of Salinas has no zoning requirements for kitchens in single-family homes.
  • The city defines a kitchen as "any room or part of a room, which is designed, built, used, or intended to be used for food preparation (including but not limited to cooking or dish washing activities). Excludes a bar, butler's pantry, or similar room adjacent to or connected with a kitchen."

Research Strategy

To determine the minimum requirements for the area of a kitchen as well as the size of the kitchen sink and refrigerator in single-family homes in the assigned cities, we started our research by looking into each city's municipal and zoning code. We also determined the applicable residential design and/or construction guidelines in each city from the city website and reviewed these guidelines but no requirements or standards for the minimum area/square footage of a kitchen and the size of a kitchen sink or refrigerator were found for any of the assigned cities.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.9

No land use/zoning requirements or design standards for the minimum area/square footage of a kitchen and the size of a kitchen sink or refrigerator in single-family homes were found for the City of San Bruno, City of San Buenaventura, and Sand City. Only the City of San Buenaventura defines "kitchen" in its municipal code. The attached spreadsheet has been updated with these findings.

City of San Bruno

  • The municipal code of San Bruno city does not provide the definition of a kitchen. Moreover, there are no land use/zoning requirements or standards for the minimum area/square footage of a kitchen and the size of a kitchen sink or refrigerator in the municipal or zoning code.
  • This information was also not available in the City of San Bruno Residential Design Guidelines, residential Building Permit Submittal Requirements, or other related planning, design, or construction documents.
  • However, the city's municipal code indicates that the 1997 Uniform Housing Code has been adopted as the "housing code for the building standards of the city of San Bruno." As per the Uniform Housing Code, kitchens in 'Type B — Dwelling Units' (section 1106) must have at least "30 x 48 inches (762 x 1219 mm) clear floor space provided at the sink and at each appliance. The clear floor space shall extend 15 inches (381 mm) minimum from each side of the sink center line." Since these standards are only applicable to the 'Type B — Dwelling Units' that are designed in accordance with section 1106 of the Uniform Housing Code, we have entered N/A in the corresponding row in the spreadsheet.

City of San Buenaventura

  • The municipal code of San Buenaventura city defines kitchen as "any area of a premises used for the storage and cooking of foods for human consumption regardless of whether said area is, or may be, used for other purposes. A kitchen may be identified by the presence or indication of, among other things, a cooking appliance, including, but not limited to, a stove, oven, microwave oven, or hot plate."
  • There are no requirements regarding the minimum area/square footage of a kitchen and the size of sinks and refrigerators in the municipal code of San Buenaventura city.

Sand City

  • The municipal code of Sand City does not provide the definition of a kitchen. Moreover, there are no land use/zoning requirements or standards for the minimum area/square footage of a kitchen and the size of a kitchen sink or refrigerator in the municipal code.
  • Moreover, no other relevant planning or design guidelines or standards related to single-family homes were found on the city's website or from a general web search.

Research Strategy

To determine the minimum requirements for the area of a kitchen as well as the size of the kitchen sink and refrigerator in single-family homes in the assigned cities, we started our research by looking into each city's municipal and zoning code. We also determined the applicable residential design and/or construction guidelines in each city from the city website and reviewed these guidelines but no requirements or standards for the minimum area/square footage of a kitchen and the size of a kitchen sink or refrigerator were found for any of the assigned cities.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.10

The City of Scotts Valley defines a kitchen as "any room, or part of a room, which is designed, built, used or intended to be used for food preparation and dishwashing, but not including a bar, pantry or similar room adjacent to or connected with a kitchen.". The required information has been populated in the attached spreadsheet. The summary of our findings is provided below.

City of Santa Cruz

  • The City of Santa Cruz defines a kitchen as "any room or portion of a room used or intended or designed to be used for cooking and/or the preparation of food and containing one or more of the following appliances: any sink having a drain outlet larger than one and one-half inches in diameter, any refrigerator larger than two and one-half cubic feet, any hot plate, burner, stove or oven."
  • After an extensive review of the city's planning and zoning regulations, there was no information on the minimum size provision for the kitchen, sink, and refrigerator.

City of Santa Rosa

  • The City of Santa Rosa defines a kitchen as "a room or space within a building used or intended to be used for the cooking or preparation of food, which includes any of the following: refrigerator, stove, oven, range top, dishwasher, a kitchen sink."
  • After an extensive review of the city's planning and zoning regulations, there was no information on the minimum size provision for the kitchen, sink, and refrigerator.

Research Strategy

We started the research by first reviewing the counties' websites and relevant reports. We reviewed each county's relevant documents for planning and zoning regulations, followed by any other potentially associated departments that handle building regulations (historic commissions, general land use plans, zoning vision documents, affordable housing requirements).
We also examined third-party websites for the building code for each of the cities. We also proceeded to scour news websites and articles, but none provided additional information on kitchen, sink and refrigerator sizes for the assigned cities.

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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.11

For the three cities in this request, there are no specific requirements about kitchen element size. The cities of Seaside and Sebastopol provide a definition of a kitchen, while Solvang references the state code.

City of Seaside

  • The City of Seaside defines a kitchen as "a room or space within a building used or intended to be used for the cooking or preparation of food, which includes any of the following: refrigerator, stove, oven, range top, dishwasher, kitchen sink."
  • It did not contain further information on kitchens in the rest of its Zoning Ordinance Code.
  • It did not contain information on kitchens in other planning documents.

City of Sebastopol

  • The City of Sebastopol defines a kitchen as "a room, space, or area with equipment for the preparation and cooking of food."
  • It does not contain further information on kitchens in the rest of its Zoning Ordiance Code for the purposes of single family homes.
  • Additional planning documents on building safety do not reference kitchens in single family homes.

City of Solvang

  • The City of Solvang does not have size requirements on sinks or refrigerators, though it does have restrictions on the materials used for other kitchen items.
  • The City of Solvang does not call out a minimum square footage for kitchens, though it does call this out for other rooms in a residence.
  • The City of Solvang references the California Building Standards Administrative Code for its standards.

Research Strategy

Research included each city's government website for Planning or Building departments first, followed by any other potentially associated departments that handle building regulations (historic commissions, general land use plans, zoning vision documents, affordable housing requirements).Their general zoning ordinances or building code ordinances were , whichever form of planning document was most applicable.


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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.12

The city of Sonoma defines a kitchen as "a room or space within a building intended to be used for the cooking or preparation of food". The required information has been populated in the attached spreadsheet.

City of Sonoma

  • The city of Sonoma defines a kitchen as "a room or space within a building intended to be used for the cooking or preparation of food".
  • After an extensive review of the city's planning and zoning regulations, there was no information on the minimum size provision for the kitchen, sink, and refrigerator.

The City of St. Helena

  • The city defines a kitchen as "an area within any structure, including, but not limited to, dwelling units, equipped to allow the storage, cooking, refrigeration of food and/or intended for the preparation of food".
  • After an extensive review of the city's planning and zoning regulations, there was no information on the minimum size provision for the kitchen, sink, and refrigerator.

City of Thousand Oaks

  • The city defines "any room with a sink, a cooking appliance, and refrigeration facilities, each having a clear working space of not less than thirty (30) inches in front. Light and ventilation conforming to the City adopted Building Code shall be provided. A microwave shall not be considered a cooking appliance for purpose of determination of a kitchen".
  • After an extensive review of the city's planning and zoning regulations, there was no information on the minimum size provision for the kitchen, sink, and refrigerator.

Research Strategy

We started the research by first reviewing the cities' websites and relevant reports. We reviewed each county's relevant documents for planning and zoning regulations such as the Sonoma Municipal Code, St. Helena Municipal Code, and The City of Thousand Oaks, CA Municipal Code. We examined third-party websites for the building code for each of the cities. We also proceeded to scour news websites and articles, but none provided additional information on kitchen, sink and refrigerator sizes for the assigned cities.

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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.13

The kitchen zoning requirements for the cities of Truckee, Twentynine Palms, and Watsonville California have no additions or amendments to the California Building Code. The information and sources are available on the attached spreadsheet.

Truckee California

  • Truckee California has 20 amendments to the California building code. None of them are related to kitchen size, sinks, or refrigerators.

Twentynine Palms California

  • Twentynine Palms California has no amendments to the California building codes.

Watsonville California

  • Watsonville California has three amendments to the California building code. They affect fire protection, roof assemblies, and structural tests. None are related to kitchen size, sinks, or refrigerators.


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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.14

According to the city of Westlake Village's municipal code, a kitchen is defined as "a room or space within a building intended to be used for the cooking or preparation of food." The requested information regarding the cities of Windsor, Westlake Village, and Yountville is provided in the attached spreadsheet.

CITY OF WINDSOR
  • According to the zoning ordinance of the City of Windsor, the definition of a kitchen is "a room or space within a building intended to be used for the cooking or preparation of food."
  • A kitchen would include appliances or fixtures "for the storage and/or preparation of food, including but not limited to refrigeration, dishwashers, countertops, cabinets, sinks, or cooking facilities."
  • There are no specifications of additional zoning requirements regarding the minimum square footage for a kitchen, sink, or refrigerator.
CITY OF WESTLAKE VILLAGE
  • The definition of a kitchen means "a room or space within a building intended to be used for the cooking or preparation of food."
  • There are no specifications of additional zoning requirements regarding the minimum square footage for a kitchen, sink, or refrigerator.
CITY OF YOUNTVILLE
  • There is no information available regarding the definition of a "kitchen" as well as no zoning requirements found with regard to the kitchen, sink, or refrigerator in the case of the City of Yountville.
RESEARCH STRATEGY

To obtain information about zoning requirements for the cities of Windsor, Westlake Village, and Yountville, we first visited the official website of each of the following cities. Through this, we are able to locate the City of Windsor's and the City of Westlake Village's definition of a "kitchen." While we have successfully located the City of Yountville's municipal code documents which has a list of definitions of terms, there is no definition of the term "kitchen" specified.

After extensively combing through the websites of the assigned cities and analyzing the documents, there is no mention of additional zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that the space for the kitchen must or any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes for any of these cities. For the case of the City of Westlake Village however, after scouring through the city's zoning ordinance, we did find a requirement that mentions kitchen "that includes a sink with a minimum waistline of 1.5 inches." However, this was a definition of an efficiency kitchen and might not be relevant in this case. We also went through news websites and articles for these cities but did not come across information on additional zoning requirements about the minimum square footage for the requested cities. The information that was available presented above as well as inserted in the attached spreadsheet.



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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.15

The city of Yucca Valley and the counties of Los Angeles have no zoning requirements or amendments to the California building code that affect kitchens. The county of Madera has some requirements for kitchens. The spreadsheet with the information and sources is available here. 

City of Yucca Valley

County of Los Angeles

  • The county of Los Angeles has no zoning requirements for kitchens in single family homes.
  • The county of Los Angeles has a separate comprehensive building code from California. It has no mention of kitchens. The building code is available here.

County of Madera

  • "Madera County has adopted the California Building Code as mandated by the State of California."
  • Zoning requirements in Madaera County state that
    • "Every living room, sleeping room or kitchen in every house court building shall be provided with windows the area of which shall be equal to at least one-eighth of the floor area, except that in no event shall the aggregate window area of any living rooms, sleeping room or kitchen be less than twelve square feet."
    • "If a kitchen is provided in any house court building, it must be equipped with running water and a sink, if running water is available, and the drainage from such sink must be disposed of in a sanitary manner."
    • "No toilet room shall be permitted to open directly into a kitchen or other room in which food is prepared or stored."

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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.16

The county of Mariposa defines kitchen as "an area with appliances or other facilities for the preparation or preservation of food that includes a gas or electric range, oven or stove top". The required information has been entered in the attached spreadsheet.

County of Marin

  • The kitchen is defined as "any room used or intended or designed to be used for cooking or the preparation of food".
  • After an extensive review of the county's requirements for construction or remodeling of kitchens, there was no information on the minimum size provision for the kitchen, sink, and refrigerator.

County of Mariposa

  • The county of Mariposa defines kitchen as "an area with appliances or other facilities for the preparation or preservation of food that includes a gas or electric range, oven or stove top".
  • After an extensive review of the county's Construction & Inspection Guidelines for Single Family & Duplex Residential Dwellings, there was no information on the minimum size provision for the kitchen, sink, and refrigerator.

County of Mendocino

  • The county of Mendocino defines kitchen as "any room or portion of a building used or intended or designed to be used for cooking or the preparation of food, including any room having a sink and a cooking stove that has a flat top with plates or racks to hold utensils over flames or coils".
  • A kitchen should have at least "50 square feet of gross floor area".
  • An extensive review of the Mendocino County Residential Construction Manual revealed no minimum size provision for the sink and refrigerator.

Research Strategy

We started the research by first reviewing the counties' websites and relevant reports. We reviewed each county's relevant documents for planning and zoning regulations. These documents included the county of Mariposa's Construction & Inspection Guidelines for Single Family & Duplex Residential Dwellings, county of Marin's requirements for construction or remodeling, and Mendocino County Residential Construction Manual.

We examined third-party websites for the building code for each of the cities. We also proceeded to scour news websites and articles, but none provided additional information on kitchen, sink and refrigerator sizes for the assigned cities.

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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.17

The zoning requirements for the cities in the spreadsheet in regard to kitchens in single-family homes have been provided in rows 51 to 53 of the attached spreadsheet. The research provided official definitions of 'kitchen' and the available standards for the size of refrigerator and kitchen sink for three counties; Monterey County, Napa County, and Nevada County.

County of Monterey

  • According to the municipal code of Monterey county, the kitchen has been defined as "an area capable of being used for the preparation or cooking of food containing both a stove or other device for cooking and a refrigerator or other device for the cool storage of food."
  • After an extensive search through the municipal code, Monterey County Zoning Ordinance, and other relevant planning and residential guidelines, it was found that there are no specific requirements for the minimum square footage that the space for the kitchen must be and any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single homes in Monterey County.
  • However, the document for the Property Maintenance Code provided information on spaces for food preparation. It is mentioned that "all spaces to be occupied for food preparation purposes shall contain suitable space and equipment to store, prepare and serve foods in a sanitary manner. There shall be adequate facilities and services for the sanitary disposal of food wastes and refuse, including facilities for temporary storage."

County of Napa

  • According to the municipal code of Napa, the Kitchen means "an area used, or designated to be used, for the cooking or preparation of food, which includes the following: refrigerator, dishwasher, sink and a cooking device such as a stove, oven, or range top."
  • Efficiency Kitchen is said to be "an area used, or designated to be used, for the preparation of food with the following minimal requirements: (1) a sink with a maximum waste line diameter of 1.5 inches; (2) a cooking facility with appliances that do not require electrical service greater than 120 volts, natural gas, or propane gas, and (3) a food preparation counter and storage cabinets that are of reasonable size in relation to the size of the dwelling unit."
  • Municode Library mentioned the definition of "kitchen" as "an area within any structure including, but not limited to, dwelling units containing one or more of the following facilities that are capable of being used for the preparation or cooking of food: A. Ovens or microwave ovens; B. Stoves or hot plates; C. Refrigerators exceeding six cubic feet; D. Dishwashers; E. Garbage disposals; F. Sinks having a drain outlet of larger than one and one-half inches in diameter; or G. Space, including any cabinets, for the storing of food."

County of Nevada

  • According to the municipal code of Nevada, kitchen is "a room or area intended or designed to be used, or which is used, for the preparation or cooking of food which may include any appliances or other facilities designated/used for the preparation or preservation of food, including but not limited to gas or electric ranges, ovens or stovetops, microwave ovens, refrigerators or freezers of more than five cubic feet capacity, or kitchen-type cabinetry and adjacent counters designed for the accommodation of the above appliances. It does not include wet bars located within a single room, e.g. family room, game room, den, photographic darkrooms, art/crafts studios, home office coffee making areas, laundry rooms or specialized home canning/preserving facilities."
  • Residential Plan Review Checklist of Nevada reported that a "Kitchen shall be provided with a clear passageway at least 3’ in width between counters/appliances."
  • Additionally, "receptacles shall be located behind kitchen sinks if the counter area depth behind the sink is more than 12 for straight counters and 18 for corner installations."

Research Strategy:

While searching through various publicly available sources including government reports, articles, government sites, regulations, and others, we were able to find the definition for "kitchen" for the assigned counties. But information on additional zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that the space for the kitchen must be and any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes was not available for the three assigned counties; County of Monterey, County of Napa, and County of Nevada.

Next, we decided to look for the information on additional zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that the space for the kitchen must be and any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes for the County of Monterey and County of Nevada through the municipal code (Municode Library) or property maintenance code, Monterey County Zoning Ordinance, Nevada County Code, Napa Municipal Code, and other relevant planning and residential guidelines. This search led to the definition of "kitchen" for all the counties and minimum freezer or refrigerator size for the County of Napa and the County of Nevada. Also, we found the requirements for the sink for the County of Napa. Some other information related to the "Effective kitchen" and the food preparation area was found. But none of these documents reported if there is any additional zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that the space for the kitchen must be and any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes for the County of Monterey and for the County of Nevada.

The team also looked through Citizen's Guide to Residential Ordinances and Residential Plan Review Checklist of Nevada to see if it included any information related to the minimum square footage that the space for the kitchen must be and any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes. But this only had information on the kitchen or cooking facilities for the guest house and not for kitchens in single-family homes. Therefore, based on our research through public domain, we have established that there is no minimum square footage that the space for the kitchen must be and any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.18

County of Placer

  • According to the Chapter 17 Placer County Zoning Code, “Kitchen,” “kitchen facilities” means any appliances for the preparation or preservation of food, including, but not limited to, gas or electric ranges, ovens or stovetops, refrigerators or freezers of more than five cubic feet capacity, and cabinets designed to accommodate such appliances.
  • There are no current zoning requirements that define minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or the minimum size of sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes. Research strategies included assessing not only the zoning code, but also any amendments or addendums.

County of Riverside

  • According to Section 21.41 of Ordinance no. 348 providing for land use planning and zoning regulations and related functions of the county of Riverside, a “kitchen” is defined as any room in a building or dwelling unit which is used for cooking or preparation of food.
  • There are no current zoning requirements that define minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or the minimum size of sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes. Research strategies included assessing not only the zoning code, but also any amendments or addendums.

County of San Bernardino

  • Based on the latest Development Code for the County of San Bernardino, last amended in 2014, there is no stated definition for the kitchen of a single-family home.
  • There are no current zoning requirements that define minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or the minimum size of sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes. Research strategies included assessing not only the zoning code, but also any amendments or addendums.
Please see spreadsheet for requested information.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.19

The county of Santa Barbara's zoning requirement for kitchens of a single-family residence is 180 square feet, while that of Santa Mateo appears to be a quarter of the original size being apportioned. However, the county of Santa Cruz has limited information on this. More information is provided in the attached spreadsheet.

County of San Mateo

County of Santa Barbara

  • A kitchen is any room used or intended or designed to be used for cooking and/or preparation of food.
  • The zoning requirement for the minimum square feet of a kitchen in Santa Barbara according to Schumacher Homes is 12 x 15 = 180 square feet.
  • The county of Santa Barbara does not have a zoning requirement for a sink and refrigerator size of a single-family residence.

County of Santa Cruz

  • A kitchen is any room or portion of a room used or designed to be used for cooking and/or preparation of food and containing two or more of the following appliances and/or fixtures; any sink (larger than fourteen inches by fourteen inches and/or having a drain outlet larger than one and one-half inches in diameter), refrigerator (larger than two and one-half cubic feet), hot plate, microwave, burner, stove or oven.
  • The county of Santa Cruz does not have a zoning requirement for a kitchen, sink and refrigerator size of a single-family residence.
  • JADUs is 150-500 square feet, converted from living areas in single-family dwelling units, and have an efficiency kitchen and a bathroom that is either independent or shared with the primary dwelling unit.

Research Strategy

In attempting to gather information on the local planning and zoning requirements for the counties in the assigned rows of the spreadsheet, we approached relevant industry sources and reports, as well as privately owned county ADUs (accessory dwelling units) to populate the document. Our initial source from the Planning and Building Department of San Mateo provided a report on the minimum square footage of a kitchen based on its original size and no requirements for sinks and refrigerators. So, we turned to the departments' home page to investigate and dig out any detail of the needed data. We began by filtering through the specific building permits, (in this regard, the kitchen, sink, and refrigerator) but we found very little information that we eventually included in our findings. There was no information on the minimum sink and refrigerator size. To be extra certain we have not left any information unaccounted for, we looked up another county-owned project involved in building second unit homes, called Second Unit Centre. A PDF workbook derived from the site was unable to provide us with the necessary data. However, as earlier mentioned, we found what would be required from a total square feet size of a junior accessory dwelling unit for a single-family.

In the case of Santa Barbara, we gleaned through The City of Santa Barbara's official website and County of Santa Barbara Department of Planning and Development to obtain any relevant information. We found a 2017 new zoning ordinance code but could not find even a mention for kitchen space within a single-family residence, after reviewing The City of Santa Barbara page and its content. There was no legal definition of a kitchen. To obtain its legal definition, we accessed the Santa Barbara municipal code. Our next point of call was the county's Department of Planning and Development, which unfortunately also offered us no useful data. We then turned to private real estate companies to see if they could offer us some insights on their building plans and give us a glimpse of what their minimum kitchen square foot, sink and refrigerator sizes should be. Schumacher Homes was able to assist us with a modicum of an idea on this.

The County of Santa Cruz Planning Department was our next go-to source for the zoning requirements of the minimum square footage for their kitchen, sink and refrigerator size, for the county. We came across a 2019 ADU design guide for Santa Cruz and discovered that there was no information on the minimum square feet for a Kitchen. We then uncovered a JADU regulation that went into effect on the 1st of January 2020 and found something close but no disclosure as to the exact space for the kitchen, sink, and refrigerator size. To attain its definition we approached the Santa Cruz municipal code. After an exhaustive search, we were unable to find any related data to the zoning requirements on the minimum square feet of kitchen sizes, as well as sink and refrigerator size for single-family residences.

All information highlighted can also be found in the attached spreadsheet.
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Part
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.20

The official definitions of ‘kitchen’ in the Counties of Shasta and Sonoma have been provided in the attached spreadsheet. Shasta County has not outlined the minimum size of the kitchen, the sinks and refrigerators in the respective building codes, Sonoma County has outlined the same. The required information has been provided in the attached spreadsheet.

County of Shasta

  • According to Shasta's Municipal Code, Chapter 17.02.285, a kitchen means any room or area intended or designed to be used for the preparation or cooking of food.
  • The city has not provided the zoning requirements for the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or the minimum size of sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes.
  • After reviewing the city’s municipal code, basic zoning requirements, zones and development standards, and its design guidelines from the Planning Division, it was found that there are no minimum requirements for the area/square footage of kitchen as well as the size of sink and refrigerator for single-family housing units.

County of Sonoma

  • The County of Sonoma has defined ‘kitchen’ as "an area within a structure that is used or designed to be used for the preparation or cooking of food and that contains cooking appliances or rough in facilities."
  • No minimum kitchen size was specified in the Sonoma Municipal Code.
  • From the county's Municipal code requirement for a sink should be less than 18 inches in depth with a waste line drain 1-½ inches while a refrigerator should be more than 5 cubic feet in capacity or space opening with an electrical outlet that may reasonably be used for a refrigerator exceeding 5 cubic feet in capacity.

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Part
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements in California 1.21

The county of Tulare defines kitchen as "any room used or intended or designed to be
used for cooking or the preparation of food." The required information has been entered in the attached spreadsheet.

County of Tulare

  • The kitchen is defined as "any room used or intended or designed to be used for cooking or the preparation of food".
  • After an extensive review of the county's zoning and planning document, there was no additional information on the minimum size provision for the kitchen, sink, and refrigerator.

County of Ventura

  • The county of Ventura defines kitchen as "any room, in an approved dwelling, all or part of which is designed, built, equipped, maintained, used, or intended to be used as a place for the preparation and cooking of food, and contains more than one of the following: (a) a counter sink with interior dimensions larger than 12" wide by 12" long and 9" deep; (b) a stove, hotplate, or conventional or microwave oven; (c) a refrigerator of more than four cubic feet capacity."
  • There are no specifications of additional zoning requirements regarding the minimum square footage for a kitchen, sink, or refrigerator.

Research Strategy

To obtain the information, we started the research by first reviewing the counties' websites and relevant reports. We reviewed each county's relevant documents for planning and zoning regulations, construction & Inspection guidelines reports and construction or remodeling manuals. We also examined third-party websites for the building code for each of the counties. We also proceeded to scour news websites and articles, but none provided additional information on kitchen, sink and refrigerator sizes for the assigned counties.
Sources
Sources

From Part 11
Quotes
  • "Dwelling, Dwelling Unit, or Housing Unit. A room or group of internally connected rooms that have sleeping, cooking, eating, and sanitation facilities, but not more than one kitchen, which constitutes an independent housekeeping unit, occupied by or intended for one household on a long-term basis."
  • "Kitchen. A room or space within a building used or intended to be used for the cooking or preparation of food, which includes any of the following: refrigerator, stove, oven, range top, dishwasher, kitchen sink"
Quotes
  • "“Dwelling” or “dwelling unit” means a room or group of internally connected, habitable rooms that have sleeping, cooking, and sanitation facilities, but not more than one kitchen occupied by or intended for one household on a long-term basis. A “dwelling” is the same as an independent housekeeping unit"
  • "“Kitchen” shall mean a room, space, or area with equipment for the preparation and cooking of food."
Quotes
  • "LIGHTS IN KITCHENS SHALL BE HIGH EFFICACY LUMINARIES. UP TO 50% OF THE WATTAGE OF PERMANENTLY INSTALLED LUMINARIES IN KITCHENS MAY BE IN LUMINARIES THAT ARE NOT HIGH EFFICACY LUMINARIES, PROVIDED THAT THESE LUMINARIES ARE CONTROLLED BY SWITCHES SEPARATE FROM THOSE CONTROLLING THE HIGH EFFICIENCY LUMINARIES."
  • "DUCTS USED FOR DOMESTIC KITCHEN RANGE VENTILATION SHALL BE OF METAL AND SHALL HAVE SMOOTH INTERIOR SURFACES. DUCTS FOR DOMESTIC RANGE HOODS SHALL ONLY SERVE COOKING APPLIANCES. CMC 504.3 4. ENVIRONMENTAL AIR DUCT "
  • "PROVIDE GFCI PROTECTION FOR ALL RECEPTACLES IN THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS PER CEC SEC. 210.8 1. BATHROOM(S) 2. GARAGES AND ACCESSORY BUILDINGS. 3. OUTDOORS. 4. CRAWL SPACES-AT OR BELOW GRADE LEVEL. 5. UNFINISHED BASEMENTS. 6. KITCHENS SERVING COUNTERTOPS. 7. LAUNDRY, UILITY, AND WET BAR SINKS WHERE RECEPTACLES ARE WITHIN 6FT. 8. BOAT HOUSES"
  • ". MINIMUM ROOM SIZES: AT LEAST ONE 120 sq. ft. ROOM IS REQUIRED. OTHER HABITABLE ROOMS SHALL BE A MIN. 70 sq. ft. WITH A 7'-0" MINIMUM WIDTH IN ANY DIRECTION. (EXCEPT KITCHENS)"
  • "LIGHTS IN KITCHENS SHALL BE HIGH EFFICACY LUMINARIES. UP TO 50% OF THE WATTAGE OF PERMANENTLY INSTALLED LUMINARIES IN KITCHENS MAY BE IN LUMINARIES THAT ARE NOT HIGH EFFICACY LUMINARIES, PROVIDED THAT THESE LUMINARIES ARE CONTROLLED BY SWITCHES SEPARATE FROM THOSE CONTROLLING THE HIGH EFFICIENCY LUMINARIES."
Quotes
  • "Uniform Housing Code, 1997 shall be applied as appropriate"
From Part 13
Quotes
  • "The Building and Safety Division's primary function is to review grading and building plans, issue permits, and perform building inspections on all structures constructed or reconstructed within the City of Twentynine Palms. The Division ensures quality development through implementation of the California Building Codes. The Code provides minimum requirements and standards for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare. The permit process provides for plan review and field inspections to ensure quality development."
From Part 19
Quotes
  • "Approx. 800 sq. ft. ADU added on to rear of single-family dwelling. Includes one bedroom and full kitchen."
Quotes
  • "JADUs are now allowed. JADUs are 150-500 square feet, converted from living areas in single family dwelling units, and have an efficiency kitchen and a bathroom that is either independent or shared with the primary dwelling unit. "
Quotes
  • "Any room or portion of a room used or designed to be used for cooking and/or preparation of food and containing two or more of the following appliances and/or fixtures; any sink (larger than fourteen inches by fourteen inches and/or having a drain outlet larger than one and one-half inches in diameter), refrigerator (larger than two and one-half cubic feet), hot plate, microwave, burner, stove or oven."