Accessory Dwelling Unit Development Program

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Who Can Help with ADUs?

Current Planning Division:  if you want to discuss an existing ADU, or your wish to develop a new ADU, start with our staff in Current Planning . Check our Office Hours for information on the best times to call or visit.  

Advance Planning Division - staff in Advance Planning can help you understand future rules and future program information relating to ADUs and how you can be more involved and informed of upcoming regulations, if any. 

Stay Informed 

The Planning Community Meetings page will show you any upcoming workshops relating to revisions to the ADU program. 

ADU Ordinance

The City's ADU ordinance regulates the development of ADUs. Revisions to this ordinance were adopted in June 2003 reflecting provisions of California Assembly Bill 1866. The revisions allow for, in some cases, a simpler and shorter ADU permitting process as well as some ADU development incentives.

Past ADU Program

The ADU Development Program assisted homeowners considering building an ADU on their property.  Included in the program were a Plan Set Book (currently out of stock) and ADU Manual (available online). These items are no longer to code and can't be used for construction, but are great examples of ADU ideas.  The online version is available on the ADU Publications page


Other Resources: 

Housing and Community Development Division
telephone: 831-420-5150

Carol Berg
Housing and Community Development Manager
telephone: 831-420-5108

City of Santa Cruz Sustainable Communities Grant California Pollution Control Financing Authority

City of Santa Cruz Application

City of Santa Cruz Housing Options Study
Executive Summary

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