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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. 

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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.

Latest News

The City has launched an interactive map of all ADU projects in the City. To view the map, click here.

The City hosted an ADU workshop on January 13, 2021. To view the recording, click here.

City Council adopted the ADU Ordinance amendments on November 10, 2020. The Title 30 (Inland) ordinance will be in effect for projects submitted on or after December 10, 2020. To view the adopted ordinance amendments, click here.

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Resources

For information on public meetings, click here.

For information on ADU permitting, including the ADU Permit Guide and Supplemental Application form, click here.

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2021
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