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Bedroom regulations in California

I was wondering what the closet regulations are for the state of California. Does a closet have to be built in, or can it be free standing and secured to the wall?
  • April 20 - Lakewood
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I think you can do most anything you want to, in your closet, in California.

The Lender, and their Mortgage Insurer, with info provided by the appraiser, will decide if a room is a bedroom, or not. It really has nothing to do with any regulations. It is subjective Lender opinion, which is based on all the stuff mentioned in the previous answers, plus the Lender's lending guidelines. Affixing a piece of furniture, to the wall, in a den, will not make it a bedroom, in the eyes of any appraiser, Lender, and or Buyer.

Building codes address a bedroom's sufficiency, when a new home is constructed.
  • July 21
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This is a question that often does not have a solid answer. As Realtors we think of a room that has windows door and closet to be a bedroom. If it does not have a build in closet, it is considered a "den".
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In California having a closet doesn't always make a room a bedroom. If you're on septic you have to meet the requirement for septic size to add a bedroom. You can't just add a closet. Plus the county records always come into play. If you have a 2/2 with a bonus & add a closet that still doesn't make it a 3rd bedroom. It's best to talk with a local Realtor in your area and get advise on the codes & regulations effecting your particular property. 
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According to CA Code Section R305 Minimum height of habitable space is 7 ft with a few exception. Some cites have more requirements but this is the CA code.
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