New Housing Trust ADU page, An ADU Webinar, and New Legislation Could Make Building Your Accessory Dwelling Unit Easier

Housing Trust’s Accessory Dwelling Unit program, Small Homes, Big Impact, is proud to take part in Affordable Housing Month and aims to get Bay Area homeowners up to speed on new resources and developments pertaining to the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

For instance, as of January 1, 2020, the State of California unveiled new ADU laws to create fewer cost prohibitive procedures and create a streamlined permitting process. The impacts on regulations include:

  • Local agencies must either approve or deny an ADU project within 60 days of receiving a complete building permit application
  • Owner-occupancy is no longer required
  • No minimum lot sizes
  • No replacement parking required for garage conversions
  • No impact fees on ADUs under 750 square feet, including school or parkland fees
  • HOAs or PUDs may not prohibit or unreasonably restrict the construction of ADUs on single-family residential lots

Due to these changes, homeowners who were previously denied by local planning departments to build an ADU are encouraged to check again.

Homeowners in the greater Bay Area who are at the beginning of the process of creating an ADU, wondering if they can even build one on their property, or how they can finance the design and construction are encouraged to register for Housing Trust’s Small Homes, Big Impact webinar on Monday, May 18th at 10:30am, and to visit our Small Homes, Big Impact program page, and join our ADU interest list.

New to Affordable Housing Month? See Silicon Valley at Home’s Affordable Housing Month calendar to learn about additional affordable housing events.