Accessory Dwelling Units

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An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is an attached or detached structure that provides independent living facilities for one or more persons and includes permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation on the same parcel as a single-family dwelling unit. ADUs are sometimes referred to as secondary units, granny units, or in-law units. They can have a separate mailing address and be rented to a third-party or occupied by a property owner(s). 



A Planning Application must be submitted for review by a Planner prior to submitting for a building permit (or plan check review) to ensure compliance with the zoning regulations and preparation of a covenant to be recorded by the County Clerk Recorder. Please click here for instructions on how to submit an application online.

ADU Urgency Ordinance (Adopted by City Council on 2-11-2020) NEW

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Planning Permit Fee is $2,197.80


The State of California adopted a series of regulations for ADUs in all residential zoning districts in an effort to address growing housing demand and reducing affordability across California. These laws went into effect in all cities on January 1st each year:

 2017  2018  2019 
 Senate Bill (SB) 1069   Senate Bill (SB) 229 Senate Bill (SB) 68
 Assembly Bill (AB) 2299  Assembly Bill (AB) 494 Senate Bill (SB) 881
     Senate (SB) 13


The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has prepared an Accessory Dwelling Unit Memorandum Guide and contains more information on their website. In tandem, the City has prepared map to identify all properties within a 0.5 mile of a public transportation stop and station that qualify for an ADU under State law


  • In October 2019, the State of California adopted SB 13, AB 881, and AB 68, amending State ADU law.
  • New State ADU laws that went into effect January 1, 2020,
  • The City Council approved an updated Urgency Ordinance and Zone Text Amendment on February 11, 2020; The Urgency Ordinance took effect immediately.  


For more information or questions, please contact the Planning Division by phone at (818) 238-5250 or by email at 

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