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Accessory Dwelling Units Workshop: Learn What's New With ADUs 

This workshop summarized the main amendments to the City’s ADU ordinance and provided information about applying for a permit and removing the owner occupancy provision from existing covenants, and was followed by a Q&A with Planning and Building & Safety staff.

Housing affordability and supply is an urgent issue in California where a majority of renters pay more than 30 percent of their income towards rent and homeownership is at its lowest point since the 1940s. In an effort to accelerate housing construction throughout California, the State legislature passed a series of laws to encourage Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in single and multi-unit neighborhoods. The City responded to the state’s direction by updating the zoning ordinance to incorporate development standards for ADUs consistent with state law. For more information, click here.

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.

Owner Occupancy Requirements for ADUs

The requirement that the property owner reside in either the primary residential unit or the ADU in the Residential Single Unit zone changed in 2020. This requirement is contained in the recorded agreement (covenant). Owner-occupancy is not required on any new ADU covenants for a period of 5 years (from January 2020 to January 2025). However, if you are proposing a Junior ADU, the property owner must still reside in either the primary residential unit or the JADU.

Removal of Owner Occupancy Requirement

If you have an owner occupancy requirement on a covenant recorded prior to January 1, 2020, you may request the existing owner-occupancy provision to be removed. Due to limited staff resources, it could take several months to complete the process. To change your covenant:

  1. Complete “ADU-JADU Covenant Request Form” on page 3 of the Accessory Dwelling Units Supplemental Application.
  2. Submit it as a PDF to a new pre-application (PRE) via our Accela Citizen Access Portal (ACA).
  3. Pay the processing fee ($410) plus recording costs ($47).
  4. Execute the covenant with a notarized signature and return it to the City to record.

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 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.

Last Updated: May 17, 2021
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