Multifamily Program Regulations

Proposed Uniform Multifamily Regulation Changes

The Uniform Multifamily Regulations were originally adopted in 2003.  In 2010, there was a narrow amendment limited to one section.  The proposed amendments adjust numerical limits to account for inflation, respond to changes in requirements for other funding sources, and address specific issues that have arisen since the date of initial adoption. They govern the affordable multifamily housing finance programs.

HCD originally published the Uniform Multifamily Regulations with proposed changes on January 22, 2016 and received comments until March 7, 2016. HCD further revised the proposed Uniform Multifamily Regulations and held a comment period from September 30, 2016 to November 14, 2016. HCD made key changes in response to comments received during the second comment period, and conducted a 15-Day Comment Period from December 1, 2016 until 5:00 pm, December 16, 2016.

To address issues and questions specifically raised by the Office of Administrative Law, HCD is conducting a 15-Day Comment Period from June 14, 2017, until 5:00 pm June 29, 2017. Only comments pertaining to the most recent changes in the proposed text will be considered.

The Department will only consider comments received during this timeframe. Any interested person, or his or her authorized representative, may submit written comments relevant to the proposed action to the Department.

The preferred method for submitting comments is through the HCD UMR email (

Documents for the second 15-Day Comment Period (June 14 – June 29, 2017):

HCD is also incorporating, by reference, the federal regulations governing the Continuum of Care program (24 Code of Federal Regulations Part 578). These regulations can be found on the HUD Exchange website.

Documents from the first 15-Day Comment Period (December 1 – December 16, 2016)

Documents From The Second 45 Day Comment Period (September 30 – November 14, 2016)

Documents sent out in the previous public comment period that ended on March 7, 2016:

Current Regulations

Below are links to regulations governing HCD programs that provide financing for multifamily housing developments.

The Uniform Multifamily Regulations were originally adopted on September 29, 2003, and establish uniform underwriting standards and other program requirements. They apply to multifamily projects receiving awards after September 29, 2003, under the Multifamily Housing Program (MHP), the State-administered portion of the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and the Joe Serna, Jr., Farmworker Housing Grant Program (JSJFWHG). On July 11, 2010, Section 8315 of the Uniform Multifamily Regulations, regarding subordination, was amended; no other changes have been made since the adoption of the original version in 2003.

MHP, HOME and JSJFWHG are also subject to separate program-specific regulations governing the process for awarding funds, rent and occupancy requirements, and related subjects.  Program participants should have both the UMRs and the separate regulations for the program they are using.

Previous Guidelines and Adopted Regulations