Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance


Revised January 22, 2019

Governor Newsom recently signed numerous housing bills that are intended to boost housing production statewide, which became effective January 1, 2020. Five of those bills relate to the production and regulation of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and junior accessory dwelling units (JADUs). Specifically, SB13, AB68, AB587, AB671, and AB881, are intended to help cities reach their housing goals and increase the state’s affordable housing supply through streamlining plan review and elimination of barriers to construction of ADUs and JADUs.

Effective January 1, 2020, the City’s local ADU ordinance became null and void due to several sections conflicting with new state law.  As such, the City has been applying state ADU and JADU standards since the beginning of the year. 

A draft local ordinance was presented to the City's Planning Commission on February 10, 2020, and will be presented to the City Council on March 17, 2020.  

Important Dates

December 9, 2019 – Planning Commission Study Session  

January 27, 2020 – Planning Commission Public Hearing - Item Continued

February 10, 2020 – Planning Commission Public Hearing

March 17, 2020 – City Council First Reading

Important Information

State of California Accessory Dwelling Unit Law: SB13, AB68, AB587, AB671, and AB881

California Department of Housing and Community Development Resources

ADU/JADU State Development Standards

Santa Ana Transit Proximity Map

Accessory Dwelling Unit Application


Ricardo Soto, AICP

Associate Planner

(714) 667-2793