FAQ Topic: Accessory Dwelling Unit FAQs

What fees do I have to pay to build an ADU?

Application review, permit, and development impact fees may be applicable to your ADU development project.  Please refer to the Planning Division fee schedule linked here. Please be aware that the City Council will soon be considering a revision to the fees associated with the development of an ADU at the October 17, 2023 meeting.

Do I have to provide parking for an ADU? Am I exempt from parking?

For ADUs, one parking space is required for newly constructed units unless the unit is: Within 1/2 mile of public transit. Created within the area of an existing building. In a historic district. Not offered an on-street parking permit when one is required. On the same block as a car share. A studio unit. No … Continued

Can I build an ADU on the side of my house or in the front yard?

Attached ADU – An attached ADU can be built on any side of the house, but front and side setbacks apply. Detached ADU – A detached ADU is generally constructed behind the primary residence, however due to existing conditions and site constraints, they may be permitted in other areas provided all development standards are met.

Can I have more than one ADU or JADU on a property?

Up to one ADU and one JADU per lot developed with a single-family residence. Up to two detached ADUs are allowed on properties with multifamily units and up to 25% of the existing units in the multifamily building through conversion of existing non-habitable space. JADUs are not allowed on properties developed with multifamily dwellings or … Continued

What types of ADUs are there?

There are generally three types of ADUs: Conversion of a garage or other accessory building into an ADU Conversion of existing living area within your home into an ADU A new attached or detached ADU

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.

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