Nowadays California officials and real-estate experts are searching for a solution to deep housing deficiency. They consider granny flats as a potential solving to this problem.
Thousands of Los Angeles residents live in back houses, officially called accessory dwelling units. The construction process of these small ADU buildings has become easier since 2016.
But trying to build one isn’t necessarily easy, and navigating local rules regulating what is and what is not allowed on specific properties can be difficult, given that the state rules give local governments a lot of leeway to make their own regulations. Secondary Dwelling Unit LLC helps its clients to make this process even easier.
In previous blog we have raised the 5 tips for those who want to build granny flats on their property. This blog is a little knowledge base about ADU’s that you need to know:
Most single-family homeowners can build ADUs
California State law allows householders in single-family neighborhood to build secondary units on their property area. The detached property must be at least 10 feet from the main residence and 5 feet from any property lines.
Local governments can further restrict setback and size requirements for ADUs. For example, Pasadena’s rules ensure that a detached ADU can’t be built less than 10 feet from the rear of a parcel, as opposed to the 5 feet required by the state.
The units don’t have to be detached
Former garages or other existing constructions may easily be established into new ADU’s. The only rule is that it should have its own entrance, kitchen and at least one bathroom.
The maximum size of an ADU has to be maximum 1.200 square feet or half the size of the existing residence, though for some cities the maximum size is not more than 600 square feet.
Will you need a permit?
Once the project is built, homeowners will need to obtain a certificate of occupancy before anyone moves in. That means the structure will need to be inspected, and that its electricity, plumbing, and heating system will all need to be in working order.Secondary Dwelling Unit may helps to legalize the ADU construction and get permits.
These were all the essential things you need to know about ADU construction.