NEW LAWS TO MAKE ADUS LESS EXPENSIVE, EASIER TO BE APPROVED
APPLICATIONS ARE FLYING IN MANY CITIES
Big news in California:
SB 13 No more impact fees for units 750 square feet or less! This is huge. The Turner center at UC Berkeley was involved in a study and they said that impact fees were getting in the way of building ADUs so the state just eliminated them.
No more owner occupancy requirements (for 5 years)! The 5 year part is a legislative compromise, but owners are not required to live on any other type of rental property so it really doesn't make sense to require that they live on a property where there is an ADU.
Also, parking regulations loosened: perhaps one of the most controversial policies is parking regulations since that affects neighbors, however if the property is within a half mile of public transportation, no additional parking is required.
Additionally, the application approval time just got cut in half from 120 days to 60 days! That means we can all move faster in getting our projects done.
AB 670 Homeowners Associations can no longer prohibit ADUs. They can still have some restrictions but they cannot prohibit them.
AB 881 Setback requirements decreased. This is huge because, for example, Pacifica had 20 ' setback requirements - that is so restrictive that it stopped people from building ADUs, until now...
Also, no minimum lot size requirements! Even on a small lot you can have an ADU, even if it is a s tiny house on a foundation!
Here is another HUGE change: You can now have a JADU or Junior ADU, which is like a studio that is part of the main house AND an ADU: this means up to 3 streams of income for 1 property!!
All of these laws are opening doors for many who want to maximize the value and potential usefulness of their properties.