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Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations

State Law and ADU Ordinance Update

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).

On November 10, 2020, City Council adopted amendments to the Inland Zoning Ordinance Title 30 subsection §30.185.040 Accessory Dwelling Units, effective on December 10, 2020. Council also adopted amendments to the Coastal Zoning Ordinance Title 28 new Chapter 28.86. The Title 28 amendments are not effective for the Coastal Zone until certified by the California Coastal Commission and accepted by City Council, anticipated in 2021. In the meantime, ADU projects in the Coastal Zone will be reviewed under State law regulations. 

Resources

City Adopted Regulations and Information

For More Information

For questions about adoption of the City’s ordinance in compliance with updates to state law, email staff at ADU@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.

Subscribe using the STAY INFORMED box located on this page to receive notifications of upcoming public meetings.

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.

Permit Guide


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

ADU Project Map

News & Resources

The City Council adopted Title 30 (Inland) ADU Ordinance amendments as of December 10, 2020. The Title 28 (Coastal) ADU Ordinance amendments require California Coastal Commission certification before they are effective, anticipated later in 2021. To view the adopted ordinance amendments, click here.

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2021
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