The following are some of the primary federal and state laws that apply to housing covered under the Accessible Housing Program:
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and its Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS). Section 504 applies to federally-assisted rental housing constructed on or after July 11, 1988.
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title II for non-federal governmental entities, and its 2010 Accessibility Standards. The ADA Title II applies to programs, services, or activities of non-federal governmental entities on or after January 26, 1992.
- Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the Fair Housing Act (FHA), and the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) of 1988, effective on or after March 13, 1991.
- Section 11135 of the California Government Code. This Section requires that any program or activity funded by the state must not discriminate against persons with disabilities.
- Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) of the State of California. Under FEHA, individuals with physical and mental disabilities have the right to rent, lease, or buy housing accommodations free from discrimination due to a disability.
- California Building Code Chapters 11A and 11B are accessibility code requirements and building regulations from the State of California.