If you’re considering building an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), you’re probably full of questions about the process. Here are answers to a few of the most common.
A: Accessory dwelling units in Los Angeles can be constructed on any property that has been zoned as a residence. This can mean a single-family home or a multifamily complex. However, a single-family residential property is limited to one standard ADU and one junior ADU (JADU).
A: A standard ADU can be built in a backyard space either independently of the primary dwelling (detached), as a garage conversion, or as an attached unit. The ADU has to be within the side and rear property lines at a distance of no less than four feet if the structure is not a garage conversion.
A: Standard ADUs can be up to 1,200 square feet. JADUs can be no larger than 500 square feet.
A: You cannot sell a detached accessory dwelling unit by itself in California.
A: If you build a standard ADU, you can rent both the primary residence and the ADU. However, if you build a JADU, you have to abide by the occupancy residency requirement which states that the owner must live on the property.
A: Yes, it is possible to build an ADU and a JADU on a single-family residential property, but California law stipulates that the property owner must reside on a residential property with a JADU.
A: If your property is located a walking distance of a one-half mile from public transportation, you do not have to add parking spaces.
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