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Universal Design Ordinance

A Proactive Effort to Create New Housing to be Enjoyed by Everyone: 

The Universal Design Ordinance


In an effort to encourage accessible housing to accommodate the disabled and senior populations, City Council adopted the Universal Design Ordinance on February 16, 2010.  This ordinance requires single family home builders to provide universal design features as an option available to buyers. Single-family and two-family developments of 20 units or more will need to offer basic universal design features to make homes more accessible.

The ordinance took effect on August 16, 2010.  Universal design features – such as grab bars, no step entries, and wider doorways – are now required in at least one model in a subdivision.  This will allow people to live in their home regardless of their disability.  Other features offered to buyers will include:  Accessible bedroom, bathroom and kitchens; and general amenities like lever door handles and rocker light switches. 


For Builders:

Sample Brochure

Sample Placards for Model Home

Comment Card for Buyers

Reference Documents:

Adopted Universal Design Ordinance (2/16/10)

Staff Report to the City Council (2/16/10)

Universal Design Ordinance Summary Sheet

For any questions, please contact:

Carey Boyd

Residential Plan Reviewer, Community Development Department

300 Richards Blvd

Sacramento, CA 95811

(916) 808-1014


Greg Sandlund

Associate Planner, Community Development Department

300 Richards Blvd

Sacramento, CA 95811

(916) 808-8931