Land Use in California

Made possible by funding from the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley conducted a survey in 2017 and 2018 exploring land use policy and practice in California jurisdictions.

The Terner Center California Land Use data set and descriptive report reflect responses from 252 cities and 19 unincorporated county areas in the state, and include insights on a range of questions on local zoning, development approval processes, affordable housing policies, and rental regulations.

Download the Descriptive Report

The Descriptive Report

Key findings from the Terner Center California Residential Land Use survey.

Work with the Data

The data from the survey, as well as the documentation, can be downloaded by registering here. Researchers using the data should cite it as follows:

Sarah Mawhorter and Carolina Reid (2018). Terner California Residential Land Use Survey. Berkeley, CA: University of California, Berkeley.

We would also like to create a library of reports and research that use the survey. Please send us your work products at

Working Papers

Featuring researchers across the country, these working papers use the results from the Terner Center California Residential Land Use Survey to explore how local land use and housing policies affect the production of housing across the state and shape critical social and economic outcomes in California.