ADU

ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT

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WHAT IS AN ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT?

ADU or accessory dwelling units are dwelling units with a full kitchen and bathroom, which is an accessory to a primary or main single family residence.  ADU's also granny flats can take on one of three forms: detached attached or converted existing.

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WHAT CHANGED?

With the passing of Senate Bill 1069, several important changes have occurred in Los Angeles to encourage the construction of ADU's. ADU's are now allowed to receive "ministerial approval" instead of "discretionary approval" meaning applicants can receive construction permits over the counter in lieu of going though a design review commission or city council.  Los Angeles has also reduced parking requirements parking requirements for projects located within a 1/2 mile of public transit.  Changes have also been made to the owner-occupancy rules in Los Angeles allowing owners to build ADU's on properties that are not their main residence.  Lastly, Los Angeles has dropped the expensive utility connections fees for ADU's. 

 

GENERAL ZONING GUIDELINES

 

# OF ADU'S PER PROPERTY

1

 

MINIMUM LOT SIZE

NO MINIMUM

 

REAR AND SIDE YARD SETBACKS

DETACHED: 5 FT MINIMUM FROM REAR AND SIDE PROPERTY LINE

ATTACHED: NO CHANGE TO EXISTING SETBACKS

GARAGE DETACHED CONVERSION: NO CHANGE TO EXISTING SETBACKS

GARAGE ATTACHED :5 FT MINIMUM FROM REAR AND SIDE PROPERTY LINE

 

OTHER SETBACKS

DETACHED: 10 FT MINIMUM BETWEEN MAIN HOUSE AND ADU

 

MAXIMUM FLOOR AREA

DETACHED: 1,200 SF

ATTACHED: 50% OF EXISTING BUILDING UP TO 1,200 SF

GARAGE CONVERSION: 1,200 SF

 

WHY BUILD AN ADU?

Our customers generally build ADU's for one of 3 reasons

 

1. To provide a source of rental income without purchasing a new property

2. To expand into when their family grows or when loved ones visit

3. To have flexibility upon retirement. Allowing someone to stay in their neighborhood and rent out the main house is a great way to keep costs low and even generate income after retirement.

 

HOW TO GET STARTED

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