FAQ Topic: Accessory Dwelling Unit FAQs

Can I sell or rent my ADU?

ADUs may be rented separately from the primary residence, but shall not be used as a short-term vacation rental. An ADU may only be sold separately from the primary building on the lot if the primary building and the ADU were built or developed by a qualified non-profit corporation in accordance with Government Code Section … Continued

Can I build a two story ADU?

Attached ADUs may be built up to the same height permitted in the underlying zoning district for the primary building. Detached ADUs may be built up to two stories not exceeding 20 feet in height. Conversion of an existing accessory structure or a portion of the existing primary residence to an ADU is not subject … Continued

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

The ADU application review fee with the Planning Division is $1,701  for the 2023-2024 fiscal year, additional review, permit, and development impact fees apply to your ADU development project. Contact respective agency and departments for current fees.  

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 all required 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

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