In 2017 and 2019, the State legislature amended Government Code §65852.2 and added Government Code §65852.22 to ease development standards and facilitate the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs).
For questions about adoption of the City’s ordinance in compliance with updates to state law, email staff at ADU@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.
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For questions about zoning compliance and building permits for ADUs, please refer to the Accessory Dwelling Unit Submittal and Informational Packet above, and the Public Counter Notices Page.
Please refer to the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Guide for detailed information about the City’s ADU regulations and the process to permit an ADU on your property. The ADU Permit Guide and Supplemental Application form is available here.
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The Title 30 (Inland) ADU Ordinance amendments are effective as of December 10, 2020. The Title 28 (Coastal) ADU Ordinance amendments require a Local Coastal Plan (LCP) amendment and California Coastal Commission certification before they are effective. The LCP amendment was submitted for certification in July 2021. To view the adopted ADU ordinances and LCP amendment materials, click here.