How do I apply for a permit to build an ADU?
Municipal Code 20.90.220(B)(2) - When a garage, carport, or covered parking structure is demolished or converted in conjunction with the construction of a Secondary Dwelling, and the required off-street parking spaces that were provided by such garage, carport, or covered parking structure, are required to be replaced on-site, the replacement spaces may be covered spaces, uncovered spaces, or tandem spaces, or replaced by the use of mechanical automobile parking lifts and in any setback area unless specific findings are made that tandem parking and parking in setback areas is not feasible based on specific site or regional topographical or fire and life safety conditions.
Exemptions - Municipal Code 20.30.150.I - No additional parking shall be required for an ADU that meets any of the below criteria.
2018 Secondary Unit Ordinance Changes
on public input and public hearings before the Planning Commission, in mid-2018 the City Council approved updates to Section 20.30 of the
Zoning Code to ease requirements for ADUs. The changes are now expressed in Section 20.30.150 of the Zoning Ordinance. The table below reflects the changes.
Lot Size (sf)
ADU Maximum Size (sf)
3,000 - 5,444
5,445 - 9,000
9,001 - 10,000
10,001 - Up
An ADU requires 1 space unless the property qualifies for an exemption under State law—see the Parking section of this webpage. If a garage has been converted, the main dwelling parking space must be replaced, as uncovered or in front or side setback areas. Parking spaces may be configured on-site per state law.