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Accessory Dwelling Units

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.   

adu ordinance update

Below are recent changes to the City's regulations:

  • On December 13, 2022, the City Council adopted an Urgency Ordinance establishing interim modifications to ADU and JADU development standards to ensure consistency with changes to Government Code Sections 65852.2 and 65852.22 brought about by SB 897 and AB 2221. The Urgency Ordinance took effect immediately for 45 days, and Planning staff will request an extension to the Urgency Ordinance, which would last for 10 months and 15 days, from City Council on January 10, 2023.
  • In September 2022, the State of California adopted SB 897 and AB 2221 further amending State ADU law. Both bills take effect on January 1, 2023.
  • In November 2020, the City Council adopted updates to the Ordinance in order to clarify language in the code and to facilitate the implementation of the applicable development standards. The purpose of these changes helps streamline the review and approval process. 
  • 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.  
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Burbank Water and Power's ADU Requirements 
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:

Senate Bill 1069
Assembly Bill 2299

Senate Bill 229
Assembly Bill 494

Assembly Bill 68
Assembly Bill 881
Senate Bill 13

Senate Bill 897
Assembly Bill 2221

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has prepared an Accessory Dwelling Unit Handbook and contains more information on their website.  In tandem, the City has prepared a map (PDF) 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 conjunction, the City has prepared a map (PDF) that shows all properties within ½ mile of a ‘high-quality transit corridor’ or major transit stop’.
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