ADUs can bring value to your home by boosting its worth or adding more space without sacrificing privacy. 2021 has brought many changes to how we work, go to school, and even how quickly homeowners can get their hands on permits to build ADUs of their own. Learn more about the benefits of ADUs, new funding laws, and the best cities for ADU construction.
An accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, is also known as a “granny flat” or “backyard home.” These structures serve as secondary properties equipped with full kitchens and baths on the same property as a traditional single-family home. These smaller, independent residential dwellings can get pretty pricey, which is why it’s important to do your research before building one on your own and before you decide to work with an ADU builder.
California Health and Safety Code (HSC), Section 65583(c)(7) requires cities and counties throughout the state to instate plans to incentivize the construction of ADUs to be listed at affordable rent prices for very low to moderate-income households. In addition, the California Department of Housing and Community Development provides a list of available grants throughout the state providing financial incentives for constructing ADUs on their property.
Below are findings from ADU owner and city planner surveys and analysis from the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Annual Progress Report (Apr) data.
Across the state, you’ll encounter a variety of ADU laws and legislation impacting their respective jurisdictions. Among the best cities to build an ADU are:
While California is on the right track to facilitating meaningful ADU production, the steps below could also help best serve its communities.
Abodu offers concierge-level service for California homeowners looking to add an ADU to their property. A typical project takes under six months and in some cities, using Abodu’s Quickship program, we can deliver an ADU in as little as 30 days. We have “express” permit status with several cities in the Bay Area and SoCal, allowing some Abodu units to be approved in as little as 1-3 days. Our team will take care of everything for you, from permits and planning to on-site installation on your property.
Getting permits to build your ADU in California is easier than ever with Abodu. Permit approval timelines vary from city to city, so connect with our team today to learn more about our end-to-end process and how to get started.
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