This paper summarizes California statutes and case law regarding planning and zoning requirements applicable to group homes and supportive housing that impose limitations on local governments beyond those imposed by the federal Fair Housing Act and state Fair Employment and Housing Act. The paper first reviews state statutes that protect certain licensed group homes and describes provisions of State Planning and Zoning Law that are applicable more generally to both licensed and unlicensed homes. It then explains California case law relating to the right of privacy, which prevents local governments from discriminating between households containing related persons and those comprised of unrelated individuals. It concludes by discussing local regulations that appear to be permissible under State law and fair housing law.

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