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ADUs are legally permissible in many cities and states, but regulations about size, placement, design, and use vary widely. &nbsp;For more information about your local land use laws visit your municipal planning department website or call to speak with a planner as rules change frequently. &nbsp;Recently, many public officials are recognizing the potential for ADUs to satisfy housing needs in their local communities.<br/> &nbsp;
  
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Revision as of 01:19, 9 September 2019

Types of ADU

An accessory dwelling unit is a simple and old idea: having a second small dwelling right on the same grounds, or attached to or inside, your regular single-family house, such as:

  • an apartment over the garage
  • a tiny house (on a foundation) in the backyard
  • a basement apartment

Definition source: https://accessorydwellings.org/what-adus-are-and-why-people-build-them/

 

Alternative names

Accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is the official name adopted by the State of California as of September 2017.  Other jurisdictions may differ in terminology. Over time ADUs have assumed many names depending on cultural, regional, or communal consensus. Here are just a few terms synonymous with ADU used to describe "second units" on single-family properties:

  • accessory apartment
  • accessory dwelling
  • accessory dwelling unit (the most commonly used term among planners, but weirdly, not used currently on Wikipedia)
  • accessory suite (used here to specify an attached ADU)
  • accessory unit
  • ADU
  • ancillary unit
  • backyard cottage
  • basement apartment
  • carriage house
  • dawdy' house (among Amish)
  • garden cottage (used to specify a detached ADU)
  • garden suite  (used mostly in Canada)
  • Grand Retreat (a commercial name) 
  • granny cottage
  • granny flat
  • granny pod [example]
  • granny unit
  • home within a home (used by Lennar marketing) 
  • in-law
  • in-law suite
  • in-law unit
  • “JADU” or “junior accessory dwelling unit” — a small, internal ADU
  • laneway house
  • mother-in-law flat
  • “mother-daughter” or “mother/daughter” house
  • multigenerational homes
  • Next Gen (a commercial name)
  • Ohana unit (in Hawaii) 
  • SDU
  • secondary suite (more common name in Canada)
  • second unit
  • secondary unit
  • secondary dwelling unit
  • sidekick
  • tiny house [sometimes these are ADUs, sometimes not]
  • two-family house

List Source: https://accessorydwellings.org/2012/06/04/beware-of-the-many-synonyms-for-adus/

 

Issues

Arguments for ADUs

ADUs are most widely used to allow extended family to live together in one location, creating a multi-generational household.  More recently, ADUs are being viewed as investment opportunities for homeowners. For first time home buyers, an ADUs help accelerates mortgage paydown, or homeowners from older generations may establish an ADU from underutilized space to generate additional retirement income.

ADUs are legally permissible in many cities and states, but regulations about size, placement, design, and use vary widely.  For more information about your local land use laws visit your municipal planning department website or call to speak with a planner as rules change frequently.  Recently, many public officials are recognizing the potential for ADUs to satisfy housing needs in their local communities.
 


Should an ADU have to be tied to a main house?

comment in presentation by @JakeWegmann at #BuildSmall2017.
 

What if homeowners could subdivide their lots by-right?

comment in presentation by @JakeWegmann at #BuildSmall2017.
 

Movable ADUs

Fresno

Los Angeles

 

 

Types

Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) 

Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU)

In multi-unit building

Affordable Accessory Dwelling Unit (AADU)

 

 

State / local regulations & guides

General 

https://accessorydwellings.org/

California

 

Berkeley:

http://www.codepublishing.com/CA/Berkeley/html/Berkeley23D/Berkeley23D10/Berkeley23D10.html

 

Oakland

 http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/ceda/documents/report/oak050966.pdf

 

San Francisco

http://sf-planning.org/accessory-dwelling-units
 

San Jose

Code:
November 10, 2016 Amendments to Title 20 (Zoning Code): http://sanjose.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=2658&meta_id=600778.  (24MB PDF). 

Secondary Unit worksheet: https://www.sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/615. ​​​​​​

see also "Bulletin #250: Accessory Buildings and Structures. (non-dwelling):  6 Feb, 2017. http://www.sanjoseca.gov/documentcenter/view/1729

Scheinin, Richard. “Bank funds ‘granny’ units project in affordable housing experiment for San Jose, L.A.” Mercury News, October 9, 2017. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/09/an-affordable-housing-experiment-for-san-jose-and-los-angeles-bank-funds-pilot-project-to-help-build-granny-units/.

Giwargis, Ramona. “San Jose eases rules to build granny units to increase housing stock.” Mercury News, November 22, 2016. http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/11/22/san-jose-eases-rules-to-build-granny-units-a-new-source-of-affordable-housing/.
 

Colorado

Arvada

http://static.arvada.org/docs/ADU_Type_A_and_B-1-201408190707.pdf

Boulder

https://www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/103_adu_attachment-1-201305080946.pdf
City of Boulder "Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)" page:  https://bouldercolorado.gov/housing/adu.
 

Centennial

https://issuu.com/nickworkman/docs/centennial_ldc_adopted_4-19-2010_flipbook_version/154

Colorado Springs

https://www.springsgov.com/units/planning/applications/2011/DAB2011/DAB_305.PDF

Denver

https://www.denvergov.org/content/dam/denvergov/Portals/646/documents/Zoning/DZC/Complete_Denver_Zoning_Code.pdf

Durango

http://www.durangogov.org/DocumentCenter/View/3119

Golden

http://www.cityofgolden.net/media/pdf_4.pdf

Thornton

https://library.municode.com/co/thornton/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CO_CH18DECO_ARTVDEST_DIV6OREPA
 

Michigan

Grand Rapids

http://urbangr.org/GRADURegs2018r2

 

Oregon

 

Washington

 


References

 

Research query for Twitter references (from:YIMBYwiki OR from:houslets OR from:tmccormick) AND (#accessorydwelling OR #accessorydwellings OR ADU OR ADUs): 

Twitter: #accessorydwellings