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Accessory Dwelling Units

Effective January 1, 2017, state legislation (AB 2299 and SB 1069) amended Government Code Section 65852.2 regarding Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), superseding the sections of the City's regulations for “secondary dwelling units” (applicable in the residential single unit zones) and “accessory dwelling units” (applicable in the residential two unit zones) that were inconsistent with Government Code Section 65852.2. The state ADU laws were further refined through the adoption of AB 494 and SB 229 in October 2017. 

On May 15, 2018, City Council adopted Ordinance No. 5834 (effective date: June 14, 2018) amending Title 30 of the Municipal Code, The Zoning Ordinance, to adopt local development regulations related to ADUs (adding Municipal Code Section 30.185.040); and Resolution No. 18-030 approving the ADU Covenants (deed restrictions enforcing terms regarding sale, rental, and owner occupancy) as to form.   

Because Title 30 has not yet been submitted to the California Coastal Commission for certification, Section 30.185.040 is not applicable within the Coastal Zone. Therefore, the provisions of Government Code 65852.2 will apply in the Coastal Zone until Title 30 is certified by the California Coastal Commission. A proposed ADU may require a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) depending on the project type. 


City Adopted Regulations and Information

State Law


For More Information

For questions about the state law or the City’s local regulations for ADUs, contact (805) 564-5470 and your call will be directed to the appropriate staff person.

For questions about zoning compliance and building permits for ADUs, please refer to the Accessory Dwelling Unit Submittal and Informational Packet above, or stop by the permit counters at 630 Garden Street, or call the Planning/Zoning Counter at (805) 564-5578. 


Last Updated: Nov 29, 2018
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