Accessory Dwelling Units can be either: Attached to the existing dwelling, located within an existing dwelling or detached from the existing dwelling and located on the same lot as the existing dwelling.
Setbacks are not required for an existing garage that is converted to an accessory dwelling unit, and a setback of no more than five feet from the side and rear lot lines are not required for an accessory dwelling unit that is constructed above a garage.
Passageways are not required in conjunction with the construction of an accessory dwelling unit.
Fire sprinklers shall not be required in an accessory unit if they are not required in the primary residence.
ADUs shall not be considered new residential uses for the purpose of calculating utility connection fees or capacity charges, including water and sewer service. Local agencies are prohibited from requiring an ADU applicant to install a new or separate utility connection or impose a related connection fee or capacity charge for ADUs that are contained within an existing residence or accessory structure. For attached and detached ADUs, this fee or charge must be proportionate to the burden of the unit on the water or sewer system and may not exceed the reasonable cost of providing the service.
Total area of floor space for a detached ADU can not exceed 1,200 square feet.
Increased floor area of an attached accessory dwelling unit can not exceed 50 percent of the existing living area, with a maximum increase of 1,200 square feet.
Parking requirements are one parking space per unit or per bedroom. These spaces may be provided as tandem parking on an existing driveway.
ADUs do not need to privide any parking if they are:
Within a half mile from public transit.
Within an architecturally and historically significant historic district.
Part of an existing primary residence or an existing accessory structure.
In an area where on-street parking permits are required, but not offered to the occupant of the ADU.
Located within one block of a car share area.
Nearby, yet private residence for an elderly relative
Home for a young adult working towards affording their own place
Additional income though long or short term rentals