Almost 2yrs ago The State of California passed a new zoning law called the Accessory Dwelling Unit or ADU. Since it’s passing the number of applications for ADUs has skyrocketed. The word is finally getting out and I’m here to help you understand what it is and how it can help you.
The State of California passed the new legislation allowing a 2nd unit on a lot typically zoned for a single family residence. It also includes lots that are already zoned multiple dwelling such as R-2, R-3 and R-4 .
To read more about the legislation and get the details follow the links below.
Since it passed in 2016 there have been some amendments that relate to how cities around California will apply the law to their local zoning regulations.
Click on the link below to learn how The City of Los Angeles will be applying the ADU zoning. https://planning.lacity.org/ordinances/docs/ADU/InformationSheet.pdf
Below are some key points of the local Los Angeles City ADU zoning regulations
- It’s another structure either newly built or existing on a lot that already has a single family residence. What makes this unique is that many single family residence lots are zoned R-1. Which means legally the city would only allow one legal structure on the lot. Therefore, if a property owner were to convert their garage or build a guest house and want to legally rent it out or obtain a certificate of occupancy they would not have been allowed to. With the new legislation it is now legal to convert a garage or build a second unit and legally rent it out and get a certificate of occupancy without having to change the zoning from an R-1 to the other types of zoning that allow for multiple dwellings.
- There are parameters one must follow when building or converting an existing structure to an ADU and there are limits to how big an ADU can be. Go to this link to learn more about the rules in Los Angeles https://planning.lacity.org/ordinances/docs/ADU/InformationSheet.pdf
Overall it’s much needed legislation that is expected over the next few years to add housing to the market and assist home owners with the rising costs of owning.
Always feel free to contact me with any questions about my posts and if you’d like to talk to me in greater detail about the ADU and what type of properties would be a good fit them.