california laws zoning land use ordinance permit allow for Accessory Dwelling Units i.e. Rental Units, Casitas, "Granny Flats, and Guest Houses

New California laws make building new guest houses, casitas, granny flat, attached or detached accessory dwelling units (ADUs) easier including permitting existing ones

If you are a California homeowner who needs more space to accommodate family members in a multigenerational or intergenerational house (i.e. accessory dwelling units, “granny flat”, guest house, casita) or create additional rental income to offset your mortgage costs, you may not need to purchase another home to move to.

As California, the nation’s most populated state, continues to grow, so does its housing shortages. This drives the cost of California housing up, affecting affordability and those who lack resources to locate and secure suitable dwellings.

In an effort to address these shortages, and also to help create viable rental income opportunities for California homeowners, the state has passed a series of laws which make it easier for California cities, municipalities and, or counties, to allow accessory dwelling units to be added within homeowners’ existing properties. Their ordinances must be less restrictive than the state’s mandates.

Accessory dwelling units (ADU) may also be referred to in California as granny flats, guest houses, mother-in-law apartments, in-law suites, casitas, etc, depending on local custom.

The California laws that have lenient restrictions on building and permitting new ‘granny flats’/ accessory dwellings units take effect on January 1, 2017.

And as an update, a new California law (SB 1226) that took effect on January 1, 2019 will now make it easier to legalize an un-permitted residential unit / living space on a property.

Please contact your local government agency to get more details on how these new laws affect your property and your ability to create an Accessory Dwelling Unit, or Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit.

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The California new laws pertaining to Accessory Dwelling Units and Juniors are:

SB 1226 : Building standards/ Building Permits – Retroactive Permitting of Additions, Granny Flats, etc. effective January 1, 2019

Source Coast Newshttps://www.thecoastnews.com/new-granny-flat-law-could-help-encinitas-with-its-affordable-housing-shortfall/: “The law will become effective on Jan. 1, 2019, allowing accessory dwelling units — also called granny flats, in-law units, above-garage studios and backyard cottages — to be permitted based on the codes in effect at the time the units were built.” Read the entire bill here.

Retroactive permitting of existing ADUS, granny flats, garage conversions, additions, etc. in California will hopefully provide much needed housing inventory.

SB 1069 California Land Use: Zoning

Read the entire bill here (for ease of reading, click Bill Analysis and review the most current entry): https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB1069

This law prohibits California local governments to require that accessory dwelling units have separate utility connections, or to charge a connection fee, as long as the accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is enclosed in the existing space of a single family home or accessory structure. This law also relaxes mandated additional parking requirements which prevented the creation of ADUs in many locations. SB 1069 requires municipalities to designate areas where ADUs are permitted, limit their ability to approve on a case-by-case basis (called discretionary approvals) and require them to review and respond to applications within 120 days of submittal. This new legislation authored by California Senator Bob Wieckowski does not require cities and counties to adopt ordinances specific to their areas but does allow them 60 days to develop their own ordinances that comply with the state laws.

SB 1069 was approved by the California Governor on September 27, 2016. Filed with Secretary of State   September 27, 2016.

AB 2299 California Land Use: Housing: 2nd Units

Read the entire bill here (for ease of reading, click Bill Analysis and review the most current entry); https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2299

This law stipulates that local ordinances cannot be more restrictive than the state law. The law also prohibits local government from adopting ordinances that totally prevent ADUs, with few exceptions. In addition, this law limits setback requirements, provides for certain types of garage modifications to create an ADU and limits the size to be no more than 50% of the existing living area.

AB 2299 was approved by the California Governor on September 27, 2016. Filed with Secretary of State   September 27, 2016.

AB 2406 – Housing: Junior Accessory Dwelling Units

Read the entire bill here (for ease of reading, click Bill Analysis and review the most current entry): https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billAnalysisClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2406

This law allows local government to create ordinance for permitted Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADU) in single family zones. This law limits JADUs to no more than 500 square feet in size, be constructed within the existing walls of the single family structure and must include an existing bedroom. The JADU must also have a separate entrance from the main home’s and enter directly into the JADU’s living room. The accessory unit is also required to have its own efficiency kitchen with a sink, counter space and cooking appliance.

AB 2406 was approved by the California Governor on September 28, 2016. Filed with Secretary of State   September 28, 2016.

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$530,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,369
SQFT
8847 Golden Ridge Rd
Lakeside, CA 92040
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
$625,000
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3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,591
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1597 Hilltop Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92020
El Cajon Subdivision
$689,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,922
SQFT
10045 Cristobal Drive
Spring Valley, CA 91977
Spring Valley Subdivision
New Listing - 22 hours online
$799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,600
SQFT
15616 Lyons Valley Rd
Jamul, CA 91935
Jamul Subdivision
$849,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,990
SQFT
25443 Mesa Grande Road
Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
Santa Ysabel Subdivision
$879,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,241
SQFT
11488 Alps Way
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
$885,000
Single Family Home For Sale
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6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,362
SQFT
1020 Little Gopher Canyon Rd
Vista, CA 92084
Bonsall Subdivision
$899,000
Single Family Home For Sale
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6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
3,565
SQFT
1645 Whispering Pines
Julian, CA 92036
Julian Subdivision
$919,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,296
SQFT
3535 Highway 79
Julian, CA 92036
Julian Subdivision
$973,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,909
SQFT
12682 Rancho Heights Road
Pala, CA 92059
 
Open House 02/24 at 1PM
$975,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,308
SQFT
745 Clark Ave.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision

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$29,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
11
TOTAL BATHS
12,000
SQFT
1369 Coast Walk
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
$19,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
8,627
SQFT
9828 La Jolla Farms Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
$14,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
15,647
SQFT
7059 El Vuelo Del Este
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
 
$12,900,000
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Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
6,100
SQFT
33941 Canfield Rd.
Palomar Mountain, CA 92060
Palomar Mtn Subdivision
$10,995,000
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Active
7
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,568
SQFT
6036 Rainbow Heights Road
Fallbrook, CA 92028
 
$5,245,000
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Active
9
BED
10
TOTAL BATHS
12,175
SQFT
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Rancho Santa Fe Subdivision
$4,995,000
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6
BED
10
TOTAL BATHS
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SQFT
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Rancho Santa Fe Subdivision
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$4,995,000
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7
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
5,544
SQFT
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$679,000
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0.186
ACRES
ORANGE
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New Listing - yesterday
$720,000
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0.14
ACRES
ORANGE
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Orange, CA 92866
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$749,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.15
ACRES
ORANGE
COUNTY
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Orange, CA 92868
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$789,000
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0.1607
ACRES
ORANGE
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Brea, CA 92821
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$800,000
Multi-Family For Sale
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0.14
ACRES
ORANGE
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Orange, CA 92866
 
$925,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,909
SQFT
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Fullerton, CA 92833
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$979,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
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SQFT
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Tustin, CA 92780
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$999,800
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.09
ACRES
ORANGE
COUNTY
33902 Olinda Drive
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Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,095,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,897
SQFT
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Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,179,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.16
ACRES
ORANGE
COUNTY
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Orange, CA 92866
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,185,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
Santa Ana Heights Residential (SAHR) Subdivision
$1,199,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,701
SQFT
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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Mission Ridge Central (RI) Subdivision
Short Sale
$1,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,999
SQFT
10522 Brier Lane
Santa Ana, CA 92705
 
$1,295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,020
SQFT
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Santa Ana, CA 92706
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
Open House 02/24 at 1:30PM
$1,425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,769
SQFT
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Other (OTHR) Subdivision
Open House 02/24 at 1PM
$1,425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
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SQFT
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Las Colinas - LASC Subdivision
$1,488,995
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
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SQFT
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  • California Eases Restrictions on Granny Units – Read the article on Mercury News
  • Crazy-high rent, record-low homeownership, and overcrowding: California has a plan to solve the housing crisis, but not without a fight – Read article on Business Insider
  • The Genius of Granny Flats – Interview with  Gary London, president of The London Group Realty Advisors – Read the article on San Diego Magazine
  • How to solve California’s housing shortage? Build ‘granny flats’ in homeowners’ backyards – Read the Article on LA Times
  • It will be soon be easier to add granny flats in San Diego – Read Article on San Diego Union Tribune
  • San Diego eases rules on building granny flats – July 2, 2003 – Read Article on San Diego Union Tribune

Videos to Watch: Accessory Dwelling Units in California

Are Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Right For You?

Source: San Francisco Planning

Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs, are also known as secondary units, in-law units, granny flats, or cottages. ADUs are generally developed using an underutilized space; such as a parking garage, storage room, or attic, and they play an important role in our housing supply. San Francisco first adopted its ADU program in 2014 for select districts, and as of September 4, 2016, San Francisco’s Accessory Dwelling Unit program is available Citywide

Good or Bad Idea? Backyard Granny Pods

Source: The List TV Show

All about ADUs (accessory dwelling units)

In this video 30X40 Design Workshop reviews the the accessory dwelling unit (ADU) which is an additional, self-contained home located either within or adjacent to an existing house. They’re also known as in-law units, granny flats, multigenerational homes, and laneway houses. The author also discusses the permitting procedures, restrictions, and general planning framework for the ADU.

Source: 30X40 Design Workshop

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