Here are the important points of creating an Accessory Dwelling Unit in the city of Santa Monica:
- According to state law, all single-family homes are allowed at least one Accessory Dwelling Unit. Additionally, single-family parcels which are owner-occupied may create one ADU and one JADU (Juniour Accessory Dwelling Unit). Also, multi-family parcels may now add one ADU per every four existing residential units, so long as they were legally established.
- Single-family and multi-family Lots will be approved to construct up to 850 square ft. for a one bed ADU or up to 1,000 square ft. for a two bed ADU, regardless of the underlying zoning standards of the property. A Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) up to 500 square ft. is approved. The minimum size of any living unit (including Accessory Dwelling Units and Junior Accessort Dwelling Unit (JADU)s) is 150 square ft. according to California Residential Code. ~ AB-68
- The maximum required setback for a detached new construction Accessory Dwelling Unit shall be no more than 4 ft. from the rear and side property lines.
- Replacement parking shall not apply to lots which convert an existing garage to an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) or Junior ADU. ~ AB68 & AB881 UpdateCopy Link
- Design Standards. The exterior design of the accessory dwelling unit, including building forms, materials, colors, exterior finishes, and landscaping, shall be vompatible with the primary single unit dwelling.
- The accessory dwelling unit shall be clearly subordinate to the primary dwelling unit on the parcel in terms of size, location, and appearance.
- The entrance to the accessory dwelling unit shall not be on the front or street SIDE setback unless it is a shared entrance with the primary unit.
- The Accessory Dwelling Unit shall provide separate, independent living quarters for one household.
“Accessory Dwelling Unit” – A dwelling unit providing complete independent living facilities for one or more persons that is located on a parcel with another primary, single-unit dwelling as defined by State law. It shall include permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation on the same parcel as the single-unit dwelling’s location. An accessory unit may be within the same structure as the primary unit, in an attached structure, or in a separate structure on the same parcel. This use is distinguished from a duplex.
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