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Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Units

Overview

The State Legislature recently adopted new housing related laws pertaining to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), formerly known as Limited Second Dwelling Units, or "Granny Flats".  These new State laws went into effect on January 1, 2020 and are applicable in all single-family and multiple-family zoning districts. The Planning Commission recommended adoption of a local amendment to the Fullerton Municipal Code (FMC) to the City Council at its meeting on February 19, 2020.  The Planning Commission recommended adoption of a local amendment to the Fullerton Municipal Code (FMC) to the City Council at its meeting on February 19, 2020.  The recommendation was considered and approved by the City Council at its meeting on April 7, 2020. Please see the documents below for additional information regarding ADU regulations in Fullerton.  

Documents

  Update on Accessory Dwelling Unit Fees

 At its meeting on March 19, 2019 the City Council voted to waive the Parks Acquisition and Development Fee for accessory dwelling units for a period of 1-year. This fee reduction is effective immediately.   

Background

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) have been known by many names: granny flats, in-law units, backyard cottages, secondary units and more. No matter what you call them, ADUs are an innovative, affordable, effective option for adding much-needed housing in California. HCD is the state’s leader on local ADU ordinances, which — while optional — have grown exponentially in number as more cities, counties, and homeowners become interested in ADUs as one solution to increasing the supply of affordable housing.

What are the benefits of ADUs?

  • ADUs are an affordable type of home to construct in California because they do not require paying for land, major new infrastructure, structured parking, or elevators.
  • ADUs can provide a source of income for homeowners.
  • ADUs are built with cost-effective wood frame construction, which is significantly less costly than homes in new multifamily infill buildings.
  • ADUs allow extended families to be near one another while maintaining privacy.
  • ADUs can provide as much living space as many newly-built apartments and condominiums, and they’re suited well for couples, small families, friends, young people, and seniors.
  • ADUs give homeowners the flexibility to share independent living areas with family members and others, allowing seniors to age in place as they require more care

Contact

For more information or for questions, please contact:
Edgardo Caldera, Assistant Planner
Phone: (714) 773-5773
Email: EdgardoC@cityoffullerton.com