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ADU Publications

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Due to the changes in the Zoning Ordinance and the California Building Code, these publications and drawings have been provided to serve as examples of typical Accessory Dwelling Unit layouts, and not as construction documents.

Copies of the ADU publications may be viewed at the following branches of the Santa Cruz Public Library:

  • Central
  • Branciforte
  • Garfield Park

The ADU Manual is  available online as 3.4MB PDF file. The ADU Plan Sets book is NOT currently available online. The printed version of these documents are no longer available for sale as we have ran out of print stock. 

You may purchase a copy of the ADU Garage Conversion Manual at the Planning Counter, City Hall, Room 206, during open hours. This is the only printed copy available, and may be purchased by the public for $5.00. You'll receive a return email indicating the total cost of your order. Upon receipt of payment by the City, your order will be shipped. Sorry, we cannot accept credit cards. Please make check or money order payable to City of Santa Cruz.

Please note that governmental jurisdictions within California may request one free copy of the Garage Conversion Manual. Jurisdictions must provide a mailing address with zip code and phone number.

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