Sober Living Homes
What is the latest City action?
Pursuant to Ordinance No. 2018-194, existing unlicensed group home facilities are hereby required to make application to the City of Laguna Niguel Community Development Department for a Group Home Permit by October 4, 2018, and achieve full compliance with permit regulations by January 1, 2019. Failure to comply with the deadlines stated above shall result in City initiation of code enforcement action against both non-compliant property owners and facility operators.
Any permitted group home facilities found not to meet the required 1,000 foot separation distance requirement from other group home facilities and state licensed residential care facilities shall be deemed “legal nonconforming.” This designation means that the facility will be allowed to continue operating given compliance with all other permit regulations. However, upon discontinuance of facility operation for a period of one year, any future request to operate a group home facility at the property will be regulated as a new facility, subject to the separation requirement.
The Group Home Permit Application is available here.
What Can the City Enforce?
The City can, and does, enforce applicable provisions of the Municipal, Zoning and Building Codes, and State Penal Code statutes regarding disorderly conduct, excessive and late night noise, littering and other actions that are disruptive and negatively affect a neighborhood. Historically, the City has been successful in addressing these issues by:
- Meeting with the owners/operators of the homes to discuss the concerns.
- Requesting the owners/operators take measures to eliminate the issues.
- Enforcing the City Codes and State Penal Code.