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ADU Information

General Information and Standards and Frequently Asked Questions 

As of January 2020, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) can be built on most residential properties in California. The information provided here summarizes the basic standards for ADUs in Santa Cruz and answers the most frequently asked questions about where, how, and how much can be built as an ADU. 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ADUS
STANDARDS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION DETACHED ADUS
STANDARDS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION ATTACHED ADUS
STANDARDS FOR CONVERSION ADUS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FEE ESTIMATES

Contact Information 

General questions and information about ADUs: 

Have questions about legalizing your ADU or if your ADU is legal?

Have questions about building codes and what applies to your existing or new ADU or permit?

 

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