We've compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions related to Accessory Dwelling Units and their design and construction. If you have a question that you don't see asked below, please don't hesitate to contact us.

An Accessory Dwelling Unit is a secondary living structure that occupies the same property as an existing single family residential property. ADU's have their own independent areas for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation.

In most cases, the answer is Yes. But, there are some restrictions that very between municipalities that could prevent the development of an ADU on your property. Call Cali-ADU today to discuss your property and project. We will investigate what type of ADU can be designed and built on your specific property.

No, covered parking is not required for the new ADU. In fact a tandem parking spot in an existing driveway is sufficient in most instances.

Yes, if your property meets any of the following criteria you can waive the parking requirement for your new ADU.

  • The ADU is located within one-half mile of public transit, including transit stations and bus stations.
  • The ADU is located within an architecturally and historically significant historic district.
  • The ADU is part of the existing primary residence or an existing accessory structure.
  • When on-street parking permits are required but not offered to the occupants of the ADU.
  • When there is a car share vehicle located within one block of the ADU.

Yes, in most cases your current garage can be converted into an ADU.

You do not need to occupy your new ADU and it can be built and used for investment purposes. You just can't sell the ADU individually from the main house.

For attached ADU's the ADU may be up to fifty percent of the existing living area of the primary residence, with a maximum total floor area of 1,200 square feet. For detached ADU's the ADU may be up to 1,200 square feet.

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