City of Lomita
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
BEFORE YOU ADD A SECOND UNIT
Effective July 1, 2003
Second units on land zoned A-1,
R-1 and RVD provided following requirements are
- The lot is developed with one single family
residence and its required parking.
- The applicant for the site plan review shall
be the owner-occupant of the existing residence
on the parcel. A covenant to this effect shall
- Both the primary dwelling and the second unit
shall remain permanently under one ownership.
A covenant to this effect shall be recorded.
- The second unit shall be detached from the
existing dwelling and shall have the same height
limits as other accessory structures.
- Notwithstanding the floor area limits applicable
to other accessory structures, the total area
of floor space for a detached second unit shall
not exceed 1,200 square feet or shall meet the
minimum requirements of an efficiency unit (as
defined in Sec 17958.1 of the Health & Safety
code) whichever is greater.
- The proposed second unit and its associated
accessory building(s) shall meet all current
setback requirements. Only those accessory buildings,
which are to the rear of all primary buildings,
may extend into the required setback areas as
described elsewhere in this section.
- The maximum floor area ratio (F.A.R) of all
primary and accessory buildings and structures
shall not exceed a ratio of 0.60 to 1.0.
- Parking for the second unit shall be one garage
space for each bedroom, except when the proposed
second unit is for an individual 62 years of
age or older and the applicant agrees in a covenant
with the City that the unit will only be occupied
by someone of that age or older, the parking
requirement may be satisfied by one unenclosed
For details, exceptions, and other
requirements, contact the City of Lomita Planning
Department at 310-325-7110.
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