Addressing Regulatory Barriers to Housing Affordability

Home builders today face costly challenges in these times of expanding impact fees, punitive regulations such as inclusionary zoning, lengthy approval processes, and costly permitting procedures which combine to drive up the cost of housing. You need expert sources to help you respond to and influence the regulatory agencies that impact your ability to provide quality housing to all Americans.

NAHB-published resources that address this topic include:

There are also many other excellent resources that demonstrate the negative consequences of regulatory barriers.

HUD’s National Call to Action campaign is a national network of states, communities, and affordable housing advocacy groups that pledge regulatory reform and, by doing so, strengthen the national commitment to providing affordable housing for America's workforce. Two examples of the results can be found in reports done by Lancaster County, Penn. and the City of Medford, Ore.

In 2017, the HBA of Michigan published a report and recommendations called Housing Challenges Threaten Our Economic Growth: Where Will Ten Million Michiganders Live? The HBA hosted eight housing summits across the state to hear directly about the challenges facing its members. This report looks at how to remove regulatory barriers to kickstart more building activity at all price points and to develop a more sustainable housing environment.

HUD has developed a Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse.

Manufactured housing is an option that is seldom used in urban areas, although it can provide quality and cost advantages over site-built housing. Regulatory Barriers to Manufactured Housing Placement in Urban Communities examines the scope and severity of state and local regulatory barriers (such as local zoning, subdivision ordinances, and architectural design standards) to manufactured housing placement within entitlement communities in the Community Development Block Grant Program, and makes suggestions on how communities can address these barriers.