Zoning Requirements- California

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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 1

According to the city of Agoura Hills municipal code, a kitchen is defined as "any room in a building or dwelling unit which is used for cooking and preparation of food." The required information concerning the cities of Agoura Hills, Big Bear Lake, Calabasas, and Calistoga, is provided in the attached spreadsheet.

City of Agoura Hills

  • According to the city of Agoura Hills municipal code, a kitchen is defined as "any room in a building or dwelling unit which is used for cooking and preparation of food."
  • The city of Agoura Hills has not provided zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes in its land use and planning code.

City of Big Bear Lake

  • According to the city of Big Bear Lake development code, a kitchen is defined as "any room or portion of a room used, intended, and designed to be used for cooking or the preparation of food, including storage and refrigeration."
  • The city of Big Bear Lake has not provided zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes in its land use and planning code.

City of Calabasas

  • The city of Calabasas municipal code defines a kitchen as "any room or portion of room wherein food is prepared, cooked, served or consumed."
  • The city of Calabasas has not provided any zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or any requirements about refrigerators in single-family homes in its general plan.

City of Calistoga

  • The City of Calistoga has not provided any zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or any requirements about refrigerators in single-family homes.

Research Strategy

To obtain information about any additional zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be and any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes, we first conducted a thorough scan of the cities land use planning and zoning regulations act of the various cities. The data found only provided information about the definition of a kitchen for three of the cities except for the city of Calistoga. We also searched through the current version of the Cities code of ordinances all to no avail.
Next, we searched through the public domain for any article or publication with valuable information about the minimum square footage of kitchens and the minimum refrigerator and sink requirements for the cities of Agoura Hills, Big Bear Lake, Calabasas, and Calistoga. This strategy also proved abortive as most of the information found either pointed to the land use planning and zoning regulations act of the various cities or had no specific data about the minimum square footage of kitchens and the minimum requirements for refrigerators and sinks.
Lastly, we consulted some trusted accessory dwelling databases, such as Housable, Rise Builders, and Accessory Dwellings. This strategy also proved unsuccessful as most of the information contained in these sources were already known to us. We, therefore, concluded that the cities mentioned above had not provided any specific requirements for the minimum square footage of kitchens and the minimum size requirements for refrigerators and sinks.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 2

The kitchen zoning requirements in single-family homes for the cities of Capitola, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carpinteria, and Cathedral City are provided. Generally, the legal definitions of a kitchen for all the four cities were found. The only additional requirement found was the minimum sink size for kitchens in Capitola City. Neither the minimum Sq. Footage of a kitchen nor the minimum refrigerator-size was identified for any of the four cities. All relevant information has been entered in rows 7-10, columns B-F of the attached spreadsheet.

City of Capitola Kitchen Zoning Requirements

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Kitchen Zoning Requirements

City of Carpinteria Kitchen Zoning Requirements

  • Ord. 537 of the Carpinteria Municipal Code defines a "kitchen" as any room or part of a room that is designed, built, equipped, and used for storing, preparing, and cooking food.

City of Cathedral City Kitchen Zoning Requirements

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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 3

According to the city of Cotati municipal code, a kitchen is defined as "any room in a building or dwelling unit which is used for cooking and preparation of food." The required information concerning the cities of Cotati, Desert Hot Springs, Goleta, and Healdsburg, is provided in the attached spreadsheet.

City of Cotati

  • According to the city of Cotati municipal code, a kitchen is defined as "any room in a building or dwelling unit which is used for cooking and preparation of food."
  • The city of Cotati has not provided zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes in its land use and planning code.

City of Desert Hot Springs

  • According to the city of Desert Hot Springs municipal code, a kitchen is defined as "any room, all or part of which is designated and/or used as pantry and for refrigeration, cooking and preparation of food."
  • The city of Desert Hot Springs has not provided zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes in its land use and planning code.

City of Goleta

  • The city of Goleta has not provided any zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or any requirements about a refrigerators in single-family homes.

City of Healdsburg

The city of Healdsburg has not provided any zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or any requirements about a refrigerators in single-family homes.

Research Strategy

To obtain information about any additional zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be and any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes, we first conducted a thorough scan of the cities land use planning and zoning regulations act of the various cities. The data found only provided information about the definition of a kitchen for two of the cities excluding the cities of Goleta and Healdsburg. We also searched through the current version of the Cities code of ordinances all to no avail.

Next, we searched through the public domain for any article or publication with valuable information about the minimum square footage of kitchens and the minimum refrigerator and sink requirements for the cities of Cotati, Desert Hot Springs, Goleta, and Healdsburg. This strategy also proved abortive as most of the information found either pointed to the land use planning and zoning regulations act of the various cities or had no specific data about the minimum square footage of kitchens and the minimum requirements for refrigerators and sinks.

Lastly, we consulted some trusted accessory dwelling databases such as Housable, Rise Builders, and Accessory Dwellings. This strategy was also abortive as most of the information contained in the sources were already known to us. We, therefore, concluded that the cities mentioned above had not provided any specific requirements for the minimum square footage of kitchens and the minimum size requirements for refrigerators and sinks.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 4

The cities of Hidden Hills, Malibu, and Monterey don't have additional zoning requirements for kitchens of single-family houses, besides the ones provided by the state of California. In the city of Los Angeles, the minimum required is 70 square feet, and 100 square feet if the kitchen will be habitable. The details for each zone were included in the attached spreadsheet and a summary of our findings below.

Summary

  • The Zoning Code of Hidden Hills doesn't have any requirement for the kitchen of a single-family house.
  • However, as an additional regulation to consider, the Zoning Code of Hidden Hills indicates that if a kitchen facility is within the servant quarters, the facility needs to be in the main residence or located in an adjacent building for services of no more than 1,500 square feet. Additionally, that kitchen cannot be used by more than two "domestic servants."
  • In LA, single-family kitchens must have a minimum space of 70 square feet. Also, if it is habitable, it must have more than 100 square feet if it will be habitable, if not it can be less. The sink's size is for a double sink and the refrigerator 10 cubic feet.
  • A single-family house kitchen in Malibu must have a sink with a maximum waste line diameter of 1.5 inches. The size of the sink, refrigerator, kitchen room are not defined.
  • The building codes used in Monterey County are the same California State Building Codes without differences.
  • The Residential Building regulations of Monterey don't include any additional requirements in space.

Research Strategy

To determine the sizes and zoning requirements of a kitchen, the sink, and refrigerator of a single-family house in the Californian cities of Hidden Hills, Los Angeles, Malibu, and Monterey, we searched through industry magazines, blogs, and companies dedicated to the construction of single-family houses in each city.

More importantly, we searched through government articles, their websites' informational content, official documents, and public regulations about the zoning and residential construction guidelines of the four cities.

Hidden Hills

For Hidden Hills, our sources included the Municipal City Code and City's Residential Plan Checklist, among others. While we found the maximum limit for an attached kitchen building in a single-family house with servants, there was no information about minimum size limits for single-family house kitchens specific to the city.

Los Angeles

For Los Angeles, we searched through the documents of Los Angeles City Zoning Memo, LA Department of Regional Planning, LA Department of Building and Safety, Building Codes and Standards from Los Angeles Housing Community and Investment, LA's Zoning Code Manual, and the Residential Zones FAQ, among others. We found that in the Land Zones and Coding manual, the only zones with a minimum required space are the total space, yard, and parking space, but not the kitchen.

The LA Zoning Code Manual indicated that the kitchens in single-family house dwelling, must have more than 100 square feet, if it is habitable, the sink should be a double sink and the refrigerator of 10 cubic feet. Additionally, the Residential Building & Home Requirements document of LA said that a single-family home kitchen must have a minimum space of 70 square feet. We included this information in the spreadsheet.

Malibu

For Malibu, we searched through the Malibu's Zoning Code of Residential Standards, Malibu Zoning Code Interpretations Manual, Land Use Plans and Regulations, and Malibu Zoning Definitions, among others, but didn't find any information additional to the waste line diameter of a sink.

Monterey

Finally, for Monterey, we searched through the Monterey County Website, Building regulations, official Building Codes, the city's municipal codes database, the Department of Building and Safety, and the Residential Ordinances Brochure, among others. We found that on the Building Codes' website of the city, they redirect readers to the California State Building Code document, and make no differentiation in their internal codes for kitchens.

Conclusion

After an extensive search through government publications and industry sources, we were able to provide each city's definition of a "kitchen" space. However, we concluded that the cities of Hidden Hills, Malibu, and Monterey, don't have additional kitchen zoning requirements than the ones established under the Californian Code, so we marked these cells as "N/A" in the spreadsheet.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 5

The official definitions of ‘kitchen’ in the cities of Napa, Pacific Grove, and Pacifica have been provided in the attached spreadsheet. None of the cities have outlined the minimum size of sinks and refrigerators in the respective building codes. The required information has been provided in the attached spreadsheet.

City of Napa

City of Ojai

  • Ojai City, California has not defined 'kitchen' in its municipal code. No minimum requirements relating to the size/space required for sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes are available in the city's code.
  • In relation to the minimum area of the kitchen required, Ojai City has only specified the requirements for a split single-family home constituting two (2) dwelling units. In this case, each unit is expected to “accommodate a separate kitchen and/or bathroom for the second unit not exceeding ten (10%) percent of the existing floor area.”
  • After scouring through the city's website and the documents related to the city’s Planning Department, no other relevant local regulations, guidelines, or standards were found.

City of Pacific Grove

City of Pacifica

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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 6

California 6 Kitchen Zoning Requirements for Single-Family Homes

Kitchen zoning requirements are provided for the cities of Palm Springs, Petaluma, Rohnert Park and Salinas for single family homes. The considerations covered include the legal definition of a kitchen, minimum square footage of kitchen, required minimum sink size and minimum refrigerator size, including any additional individual requirements and a listing of any sources used in identifying these requirements.

General California City Zoning Requirements and Sources

The general kitchen zoning requirements for California according to the 2019 California Residential Building Code states that kitchens require a sink and hot and cold running water connected to an approved water source. In general, California Kitchens have no minimum square footage, and all single-family homes must have a smoke detector installed within a minimum of 20ft from a permanently installed cooking appliance. No specific kitchen size was found for Palm Springs or Rohnert Park but a ceiling height was specified for Petaluma and Salinas. Any relevant additional requirements related to individual California cities are listed below.

Palm Springs kitchen zoning requirements

  • “Dwelling unit” means one or more rooms and a single kitchen in a single-family dwelling, apartment house or hotel designed as a unit for occupancy by one family for living and sleeping purposes.

Petaluma kitchen zoning requirements

  • As per CRC 304.3, habitable rooms other than a kitchen shall not be less than seven feet in any horizontal dimension, but a minimum for kitchen size was not specified.
  • The minimum ceiling height is 7’0 in kitchens.
  • General lighting shall be controlled by a switch on a readily accessible lighting control panel at an entrance to the kitchen and must not be less than 40 lumens per watt. The kitchen must be sufficiently lit for general food preparation activities.
  • No minimum size for sinks or refrigerators were specified.

Rohnert Park kitchen zoning requirements


Salinas kitchen zoning requirements


Kitchen Zoning Requirements Spreadsheet

Please refer to Rows 23-26, Columns B-F in the spreadsheet for the population of information detailed in this request.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 7

The official definitions of 'kitchen' in the cities of San Bruno, San Buenaventura, and Santa Cruz have been provided in the attached spreadsheet. Only the City of Santa Cruz has outlined the minimum size of the kitchen sink and refrigerator in a single-family house.

City of San Bruno

  • While there is no definition of 'kitchen' in the City of San Bruno's municipal code, San Bruno Housing Element report refers to the US Census Bureau's definition according to which, a complete kitchen includes a "sink with piped water, range or cook stove, and a refrigerator."
  • After reviewing the city's municipal code, planning documents, and residential guidelines such as the San Bruno General Plan, San Bruno Housing Element 2015-2023, and the City of San Bruno Residential Design Guidelines, 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 in the city.
  • To ensure due diligence, we also reviewed the Residential Plan Requirements and building permit process to determine if there are any additional requirements related to kitchens in single-family homes but these documents mostly focused on zoning, lot coverage, minimum bedroom/bathroom sizes, setbacks, and parking requirements.

City of San Buenaventura (Ventura)

Sand City

  • Sand City, California does not define 'kitchen' in its municipal code. No minimum requirements related to the area of the kitchen and the size/space required for sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes are available in the city's code.
  • After scouring through the city's website and the documents related to the Building Department and Planning Department, no other relevant local regulations, guidelines, or standards were found.

City of Santa Cruz

  • The municipal code of City of Santa Cruz defines a kitchen (also called "domestic food preparation facility"), as "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. "
  • As per the official definition of the kitchen, the size of the sink should be more than 14 x 14 inches.
  • The size of the refrigerator must be more than 2.5 cubic feet.
  • The minimum area of a kitchen was not available in the city's municipal code or other relevant planning, zoning, and residential guidelines.
  • According to the city's Accessible Home Design and Remodel Checklist, kitchen on the main floor should not be smaller than 12 x 12 ft. However, these guidelines are not mandatory.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 8

According to the City of Santa Rosa municipal code, a kitchen is defined 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." The required information concerning the cities of Santa Rosa, Scotts Valley, Seaside, and Sebastopol, is provided in the attached spreadsheet. Below is a summary of our findings.

City of Seaside

  • According to the City of Seaside municipal code, a kitchen is defined 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, and a kitchen sink."

City of Sebastopol

  • According to the City of Sebastopol of municipal code, a kitchen is defined as "a room, space, or area with equipment for the preparation and cooking of food."
  • The city has not provided zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes in its land use and planning code.

City of Scotts Valley

  • According to the City of Scotts Valley municipal code, a kitchen is defined as "any room, or part of a room, which is designed, built, used or intended to be used for food preparation and dish washing, but not including a bar, pantry or similar room adjacent to or connected with a kitchen.

Research Strategy

To obtain information about any additional zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be and any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes, we first conducted a thorough scan of the cities land use planning and zoning regulations act of the various cities. The data found only provided information about the definition of a kitchen for all the cities. We also searched through the current version of the Cities code of ordinances all to no avail.

Next, we searched through the public domain for any article or publication with valuable information about the minimum square footage of kitchens and the minimum refrigerator and sink requirements for the cities of Santa Rosa, Scotts Valley, Seaside, and Sebastopol. This strategy also proved abortive as most of the information found either pointed to the land use planning and zoning regulations act of the various cities or had no specific data about the minimum square footage of kitchens and the minimum requirements for refrigerators and sinks.

Lastly, we consulted some trusted accessory dwelling databases, such as Housable, Rise Builders, and Accessory Dwellings. This strategy also proved unsuccessful as most of the information contained in these sources were already known to us. We, therefore, concluded that the cities mentioned above had not provided any specific requirements for the minimum square footage of kitchens and the minimum size requirements for refrigerators and sinks.


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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 9

Kitchen zoning requirements for the City of Solvang, the City of Sonoma, the City of St. Helena, and the City of Thousand Oaks were researched based on the request given for single family homes. Local zoning and development codes were assessed based on the available resources. These resources primarily consisted of documents retrieved directly from the city/county government site although some documents were found through auxiliary methods.

Overall, definitions were found for three of the four cities/counties requested. In general, no additional size requirements were found for the sink or refrigerator for each city. The only kitchen size requirements mentioned were for the city of Thousand Oaks where the kitchen is defined as 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.

All zoning codes as well as any supplements, addendums, and amendments were assessed for additional zoning requirements.

Please see the spreadsheet for the requested information.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 10

Research indicates that the Cities of Twentynine Palms and Watsonville have adopted the California Residential and Building Codes respectively. Although the definitions of a kitchen according to the Cities of Truckee and Westlake Village were found, there were no indications or specifications regarding kitchen, sink, and refrigerator sizes. Further information is contained in the attached spreadsheet.

CITY OF TRUCKEE

  • The City of Truckee defined a kitchen as "a room or space within a building designed, used, and/or intended to be used for the cooking or preparation of food supporting a single household."
  • The City of Truckee does not offer any specifications for kitchen, sink, and refrigerator sizes. However, the requirement states that certain kitchen appliances are permitted "in areas outside the kitchen or in a detached living." These appliances include a single one-well sink with a maximum surface area of two square feet; refrigerator (no limit on size); microwave oven (no limit on size); counter space in proximity of the one-well sink not exceeding six lineal feet; cabinet space in proximity of the one-well sink not exceeding eight cubic feet.

CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS


CITY OF WATSONVILLE


CITY OF WESTLAKE VILLAGE

  • The City of Westlake Village has defined a kitchen under its Building code as "a room or space within a building intended to be used for the cooking or preparation of food."
  • The City of Westlake Village does not offer any specifications for kitchen, sink, and refrigerator size.

METHODOLOGY

The research team conducted a thorough scan of each of the cities' official websites for their land use planning and zoning regulations. However, this led us to the City of Truckee's definition of a kitchen only. We went further to examine third-party websites for the building code for each of the cities. Here, we found that some cities had adopted the California Building Code and made little or no adjustments to these codes as regards kitchen regulations, hence, we were able to derive the City of Westlake Village's definition of a kitchen. We also proceeded to scour news websites and articles, but none provided the needed information on kitchen, sink and refrigerator sizes for the assigned cities.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 11

Kitchen zoning requirements for the City of Windsor, the City of Yountville, the City of Yucca Valley, and the County of Los Angeles were researched based on the request given for single family homes. Local zoning and development codes were assessed based on the available resources. These resources primarily consisted of documents retrieved directly from the city/county government site although some documents were found through auxiliary methods. Overall, definitions were found for three of the four cities/counties requested. In general, no additional size requirements were found for the sink or refrigerator. The only mention of size requirements for the kitchen were found for Los Angeles Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) [see sources, Column F]. However, since this information was not given for single family homes, it may not be relevant.

Please see spreadsheet for the requested information.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 12

The kitchen zoning requirements for the counties listed in rows 47-50 of the spreadsheet revealed no minimum requirements for sink and refrigerator sizes. Two of the counties had minimum square footage requirements for kitchens. Three of the counties have legal definitions for the word kitchen.

47 Madera County

48 Marin County

  • Definition: A kitchen includes a stove, oven, refrigerator, sink, counters, and cabinets, and may include a microwave, hot plate, or other appliances.
  • No minimum square footage is listed.
  • Minimum sink and refrigerator sizes are not given.

49 Mariposa County

  • Definition: A kitchen is 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. A kitchen does not include wet bars or specialized home canning or preserving facilities.
  • Minimum habitable room size is 70 square feet.
  • Minimum sink size requirements not available.
  • Refrigerator size requirements not available.

50 Mendocino County

  • Definition: Kitchen means 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 cooking stove that has a flat top with plates or racks to hold utensils over flames or coils. (Ordinance Number 3639)
  • Kitchens must be a minimum of 50 square feet.
  • Minimum sink sizes are not given.
  • Minimum refrigerator sizes are not given.

Research Strategy

For each of the requested counties, your research team searched through county websites, such as Marincounty.org for planning and zoning requirements. Next, we looked through county municipal codes for definitions and regulatory information. Finally, we examined relevant supplemental documents available through county websites.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 13

The official definitions of 'kitchen' and the available standards for the size of refrigerator and kitchen sink for Monterey County, Napa County, and Nevada County have been provided in the attached spreadsheet. None of the required standards were available for Placer County. The minimum area of a kitchen was not available for any of the assigned counties.

County of Monterey

  • As per the county's municipal code, "kitchen means 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 reviewing the municipal code, Monterey County Zoning Ordinance, and other relevant planning and residential guidelines, it was found that there are no minimum requirements for the area/square footage of a kitchen as well as the size of a sink and refrigerator for single-family housing units in Monterey County.
  • However, the municipal code indicates 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."
  • The county has adopted the California Building Standards Code without any amendments.

County of Napa

  • The county's municipal code defines 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:

County of Nevada

  • The county's municipal code defines kitchen as "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."
  • As per the official definition, refrigerators or freezers should be over 5 cubic feet in capacity.
  • According to the Nevada County's Residential Plan Review Checklist, a kitchen must have at least 3 feet wide clear passageway between counters/appliances. Moreover, for small houses of up to 400 sq. ft, the ceiling height can be 6 feet and 4 inches.
  • After reviewing the county's municipal code, land use and zoning codes, and other relevant planning and residential guidelines, no minimum requirements for the area of a kitchen as well as the size of a kitchen sink for single-family housing units were found.

County of Placer

  • After scouring through the county's website, municipal code, building and construction codes, and other relevant policies and standards, no minimum requirements for the area/square footage of a kitchen as well as the size of a kitchen sink and refrigerator for single-family housing units were found.
  • The municipal code of the County of Placer does not provide any definition of a kitchen in single-family dwellings. The only available standards related to kitchens are for efficiency units.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 14

According to the San Bernardino County development code, a kitchen is defined as "any room in a building or dwelling unit which is used for cooking or preparation of food." The required information about the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Mateo, is provided in the attached spreadsheet.

County of Riverside

  • According to Ordinance number 348 of the land use planning and zoning regulations, 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."
  • The County of Riverside has not provided zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes.

County of San Bernardino

County of San Mateo

  • The city of San Mateo municipal code defines a kitchen as "a room or portion thereof designated or customarily used as a place for the preparation and sanitation of food and containing a sink, stove, refrigerator, oven, microwave, freezer, or any other customarily used appliance or fixture for the preparation and sanitation of food as determined by the Zoning Administrator."
  • The County of San Mateo has not provided any zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be or any requirements about a refrigerators in single-family homes.

Research Strategy

To obtain information about any additional zoning requirements about the minimum square footage that a kitchen must be and any requirements about sinks or refrigerators in single-family homes, we first conducted a thorough scan of the cities land use planning and zoning regulations act of the various cities. The document only provided information about the definition of a kitchen for all three counties and the sink size requirement for the County of San Bernardino. We also searched through the current version of the City of Riverside code of ordinances all to no avail.

Next, we searched through the public domain for any article or publication with valuable information about the minimum square footage of kitchens and the minimum refrigerator and sink requirements for the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Mateo. This strategy also proved abortive as most of the information found either pointed to the land use planning and zoning regulations act of the various counties or had no specific data about the minimum square footage of kitchens and the minimum requirements for refrigerators and sinks.

Lastly, we consulted some trusted accessory dwelling databases such as Housable, Rise Builders, and Accessory Dwellings. This strategy was also abortive as most of the information contained in the sources were already known to us. We, therefore, concluded that the counties mentioned above had not provided any specific requirements for the minimum square footage of kitchens and the minimum size requirements for refrigerators and sinks.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 15

Research indicates that all three counties — Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Shasta — have adopted the California Residential Code, and none of these three counties have any additions or amendments to this code relative to kitchen square footage, sinks or refrigerators in single family residential units. All relevant information has been entered into the attached spreadsheet.

Santa Barbara County

  • The county's Primary Residential Building Code indicates that the county operates under the California Residential Code.
  • To ensure due diligence, we also searched for relevant amendments, relative to sinks, in the Primary Plumbing Code and its amendments. No amendments specific to sinks were found in this code.
  • Although the City of Santa Barbara has extensive additional guidelines for single unit residential homes, the county of Santa Barbara has no similar guidelines.

Santa Cruz County

  • The Santa Cruz County Code indicates that the county has adopted the California Residential Building Code, as of 2016. Its detailed code directory specific to building regulations does not indicate any other amendments relevant to kitchens in single family residential units.
  • Additional search discovered only a document of zone districts and their permitted uses, which has no relevance to residential kitchens.

Shasta County

  • The Shasta County Code indicates that the county has also adopted the California Residential Building Code, updated to 2019. No relevant amendments were found in the code.
  • The county of Shasta defines a kitchen as "any room or area intended or designed to be used for the preparation or cooking of food. "Kitchen" does not include a wet bar."
  • Additional search uncovered only a 2017 document relative to accessory units on single-family residential properties.
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Kitchen Zoning Requirements- California 16

We researched the kitchen zoning requirements for the County of Sonoma, County of Tulare, and County of Ventura based on the request given for single family homes. Local zoning and building codes were assessed based on the available resources, which primarily consisted of documents retrieved directly from the county government site.
Overall, definitions were found for the three counties requested. Additional size requirements for the sink or refrigerator were found for the counties of Sonoma and Ventura, with no available information for the county of Tulare. In general, there was no information on the kitchen size requirements for any of the mentioned counties.
All zoning codes and county ordinances as well as any supplements and amendments were assessed for additional zoning requirements. To further locate the missing information, we searched through the public domain for any article or publication with valuable information about the minimum square footage of kitchens for the three counties and the minimum refrigerator and sink requirements for the County of Tulare. This strategy proved abortive as most of the information found either pointed to the land use planning and zoning regulations act of the various counties or had no specific data about the minimum square footage of kitchens and the minimum requirements for refrigerators and sinks.

Sources
Sources

From Part 10
Quotes
  • "A room or space within a building designed, used, and/or intended to be used for the cooking or preparation of food supporting a single household. Facilities, equipment, and appliances which are usually associated with kitchens may be allowed in a dwelling in addition to the kitchen or may be allowed in a detached living area"
Quotes
  • "Except as provided herein, the 2019 California Building Code (Part 2 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) is adopted as the Building Code of the City of Watsonville."
Quotes
  • "Kitchen" means a room or space within a building intended to be used for the cooking or preparation of food."