What to do
1. Decide if an ADU is right for you
To make more housing available, the City and State has made it easier to build ADUs.
You can use the space for family members or to rent out for extra income.
Consider these limitations as well:
- An ADU cannot be used for short-term rentals
- Renting out your ADU will likely increase your income tax
- In most cases an ADU cannot be sold separately from the main property
- Adding an ADU will likely increase the value of your property, which means you will pay more property tax
2. Decide about type of ADU(s)
You can pick from a variety of ADU options, including ADUs that convert an existing part of your home, expand your home to add an ADU, or build a new, free-standing, backyard cottage.
Depending on which option you pick, some restrictions will apply to your ADU and your ADU may be subject to laws about rental units in San Francisco. See more in Section 37.2 of the Administrative Code.
3. Check if you are eligible to add an ADU to your property
If you are building an ADU under the Local ADU program, ADUs cannot be added to buildings that had:
- An owner move-in eviction in the last 5 years
- A no-fault eviction in the last 10 years
If there was an eviction for capital improvements, the property owner must show that they notified the tenant of their right to reoccupy.
Last updated March 1, 2021