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Accessory Dwelling Units

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.

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.

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

New! On January 21, 2022, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) released an updated guidance memo regarding implementation of 2019 ADU laws, superseding previous guidance memos. The memo outlines the coastal development permit pathway for ADUs in the Coastal Zone in a manner consistent with the Coastal Act and Local Coastal Program provisions.

New! On April 6, 2022 the California Coastal Commission determined that the City’s ADU Ordinance is legally adequate and effective in the Coastal Zone.

Interesting in removing your owner occupancy requirement? Click here for more information.

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2022
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