CSAC Bulletin Article

Resources for Child Care Zoning and Licensing Law

October 15, 2020

This year, a new law went into effect, SB 234 (Chapter 244, Statutes of 2019), that aims to increase the availability of family child care homes. The sponsor of the legislation, the Child Care Law Center, reached out to CSAC to share resources with counties regarding the implementation of this law.

SB 234 makes various changes regarding licensing and zoning for family child care homes, including several that directly impact county regulations. These include:

  • Requiring that licensed large family daycare homes be treated as a residential use of property for purposes of local ordinances,
  • Indicating that the use of a home as a small or large family daycare home is considered a residential use of property and a use by right for purposes of local ordinances, including zoning ordinances, and
  • Clarifying that a local government cannot require a business license, fee, or tax in order to operate a small or large family daycare home.

The SB 234 resources from the Child Care Law Center include a Frequently Asked Questions, a fact sheet on zoning and business protections for family child care homes, and a fact sheet on family child care homes in rental property. In addition, the California Department of Social Services has information about SB 234 on their website.

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