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New ADU Laws and there Immediate Impacts:

While it was possible in most cities and counties to build an accessory building such as a granny unit or what we now define as an ADU it was both costly and made difficult by local ordinances. Often they required certain size lots, regulated parking in a way that made it difficult to provide for and generally did what the could to impede and slow the spread of these units.

Over the years the State of California has been passing laws to push these reluctant communities into allowing for this kind of development, as way to provide much needed additional housing. Beginning in 2016 Governor Brown signed into law ordinances that imposed upon jurisdictions certain standards have helped streamline the process for homeowners to build ADUs on their properties. While some communities are still resisting these efforts but many have begun to embrace the State's standards and goals. These new ordinances make it easier for California homeowners to obtain permission for ADU construction and make kit legal to rent these units out.

"The quick take-a-way is that it now much easier in many cities & counties to build a rental unit on your existing property, than ever before!

All of these laws intend to limit the ability of local government to regulate ADUs and local governments are required to adopt an ADU ordinance in accordance with the new state requirements by January 1, 2017.

Additionally, these laws will speed up the approval process of ADU construction. They will also remove secondary utility hook-up fees that have been paid for by the primary dwelling owners. Furthermore, the laws will eliminate parking requirements for ADUs located in proximity to public transit.

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What are ADUs?-Link to source

photo of houseAccessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are known by many names: granny flats, in-law units, backyard cottages, secondary units and more. No matter what you call them, ADUs are an innovative, affordable, effective option for adding much-needed housing in California. 

"Just a few of the benefits ADUs can offer homeowners..."

What are the benefits of ADUs?