Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance

In conjunction with recent California State requirements, the City has initiated various efforts to increase housing availability. One effort is to allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to be developed on single-family and multi-family properties. This page provides an explanation of the City's requirements for ADUs and junior accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)?

ADU's are attached or detached residential dwelling units, which are secondary in nature to a primary dwelling. Also know as "mother-in-law suites" or "granny flats," ADUs provide complete independent living facilities for one or more persons. This includes permanent provisions for sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation.

What is a Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU)?

A JADU is a residential dwelling unit that is no more than 500 square feet in area, contained entirely within a proposed or existing single-family dwelling or attached garage, and can have bath/sanitation facilities that are either separate or shared with the existing single-family dwelling.

Where can I build an ADU?

ADUs are permitted on properties which are zoned for residential use.

Check the property information search tool to see if your property is in a residential zone, flood zone, or a historic district. Visit the ADU/JADU Development Standards page for more information.

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